It was known from the start that the plans for Western United’s brand new stadium would take time and although the team are still playing their home matches at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong and Mars Stadium in Ballarat, things are far from lying dormant in Tarneit, Wyndham.
The critical areas that have needed development before any construction can begin have now been completed, which means moving forward with the 15,000 seat stadium can truly begin by getting planning permissions and work permits. The project is really starting to gain momentum and it won’t be long before the exciting project becomes a reality for football fans and Wyndham City residents alike.
The privately-funded stadium was one of the main reasons why Western Melbourne Group won their bid for a place in the A-League, so it’s a big moment to see the project officially taking shape. Eventually, this development will be a world-class facility that fans can really call the home of Western United and be able to enjoy the unique experience much closer to home. Of course, it’s all about the atmosphere during games and the future plans for the space bear this in mind, making sure seats are closer to the field and with a steeper rake so that you can see perfectly even from the top.
This stadium won’t just be a game-changer for football, but for Australian sport as a whole. It’s the first public-private sports facility in the country and will also have commercial and residential connections to really develop Wyndham City and create an elite training precinct. It doesn’t stop there though, with plans in place to include a sports science treatment centre and some research institutes to benefit both the community and the industry.
In June 2018, the Wyndham Mayor, Cr Peter Maynard said: “the value of this landmark deal for our community will be massive, positioning us as a destination of choice, and putting us on the national and international sporting stage.”
Like any project of this size, there will be challenges, but the team behind it are confident that they’ll be ready to build next year.