Bendigo Stadium is a step closer to becoming a world-class facility, giving families more space for sport and Central Victoria an opportunity to stage more big events.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Sport, John Eren, and Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, to unveil designs by leading architect, Peddle Thorp, that will see the crammed stadium become regional Victoria’s top venue for national and international indoor events.
The Labor Government’s $5 million investment will rejuvenate the ageing stadium so it becomes a three-court venue.
Retractable seating will increase the stadium’s capacity to 4000, so that Central Victoria can lure the big sporting events, while also supporting grassroots players to be their best. Twelve additional outdoor courts will ensure Central Victorians have access to facilities they deserve.
The Stadium has a proud history of hosting sports stars, including Australian Opal Kristi Harrower.
Bendigo boasts an impressive list of events, including Bendigo Spirit WNBL matches and the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open. Last year Bendigo hosted an Australian Diamonds International Test against New Zealand.
The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is upgrading grassroots venues across Victoria, ensuring kids keep active and families stay connected.
Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews
“We promised Bendigo a stadium locals can be proud of and we are getting on with building it.”
“Labor’s plan will bring jobs, tourism, and big sporting events to the region.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren
“Victoria’s major events are getting stronger under a Labor Government. A healthy events calendar means more tourists, and that means jobs for Central Victorians.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards
“Bendigo already hosts some of the big national and international events. Our investment will create new opportunities for Bendigo to fill its calendar.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020