Malthouse the first tenant of Eureka Stadium's new coach's box

MICK Malthouse will be the first senior coach to use the new multi-purpose coaching facility at Eureka Stadium when Carlton takes on North Melbourne in Saturday’s NAB Challenge.

The AFL legend returns to where it all began this weekend to lead the Blues in their first match of the pre-season tournament.

Malthouse and his coaching team will take up a position in the custom-built box, which was transported from Ararat and installed via crane at the ground yesterday. It adds to another similar building, for opposing teams, on the same grandstand-side wing.

North Ballarat Sports Club chief executive Mark Patterson said the coach’s facility was part of the overall upgrade to the Eureka Stadium precinct, which could also be used by a range of the region’s sporting clubs in the future.

“It looks good, we are very pleased and hopefully everyone that gets to use it will be pleased as well,” he said.

Patterson said Carlton staff would be accompanied by commentators, statisticians, time-keepers and umpires’ observers on Saturday, with a camera crew also expected to set up on top of the structure.

Fox Footy will broadcast the NAB Challenge encounter live from Ballarat, with the first bounce set for 4.40pm.