Major $11 million Geelong West Oval upgrade officially opened

Monday, 10 May 2021

The major $11 million upgrade of Geelong West Ovalpavilion and precinct will be officially opened this weekend.

Home to the Geelong West Giants, Geelong West Cricket Club and Geelong Cycling Club, the upgrade was jointly funded with the Victorian Government ($7.4 million) and the City of Greater Geelong ($3.6 million).

The new two-storey multi-purpose pavilion meets AFL Regional Facility Guidelines, with home and away female friendly and umpire change rooms, as well as all-accessible shower and toilet facilities.

The pavilion also houses a commercial kitchen, kiosk and social rooms, a club gym, timekeepers and coaches’ boxes.Upgrades throughout the precinct include a new scoreboard, minor modifications to the heritage listed Flower Family Stand, enhanced spectator seating, landscaping and additional car parking.

City of Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher attended the opening event on Saturday 8 May alongside The Hon. John Eren, Member for Lara and Christine Couzens MP, Member for Geelong.

West Oval has incredible history and it’s a very important place for the local community.
With this redevelopment, its future as a premier local sporting venue is now secure, and it’s also better set up for general community access and enjoyment.
The Council was proud to partner with the Victorian Government to fund the $11 million project.
The new pavilion is outstanding. It gives the tenant clubs an amazing home facility that will help them grow participation, and also positions the venue as a regional facility capable of hosting local football finals. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Sport portfolio chair Councillor Ron Nelson said the upgrade played an important role in increasing sporting opportunities and participation in the region, particularly for women.

Not only are these facilities more accessible and appealing for everyone to enjoy, they are also of a high calibre, suitable for elite level sporting competition.
These upgrades are an integral part of plans to transform Geelong West Oval into a regional-level facility – capable of hosting AFLW and VFL games.
The transformation of Geelong West Oval aligns with the G21 Geelong Regional Alliance AFL Barwon Regional Strategy which identified Geelong West Oval as a preferred location for hosting regional football finals, AFLW, TAC Cup and VFL matches.

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