Eureka Stadium promise could bring AFL to Ballarat

BALLARAT could head down the same track as Canberra and Tasmania in hosting AFL games at a redeveloped Eureka Stadium.

State opposition leader Daniel Andrews visited Ballarat earlier today to make the announcement of a $15 million grandstand, AFL standard lights and a new video scoreboard if Labor wins this year's election, as reported in The Courier this morning. 

The announcement came as both Mr Andrews and Premier Denis Napthine were in Ballarat to make election year pledges.

"If Canberra and Tasmania and other smaller boutique grounds can have that partnership, then there is no reason why Ballarat, at the upgraded Eureka Stadium, can't have the same thing," Mr Andrews said. 

"If you build the facility, they will come and they make Ballarat a big part of Victoria's sporting story." 

The stadium is part of $31.5 million to be spent on the on sporting infrastructure in the city if Labor wins at the November election. 

Basketball in Ballarat is also set to get a boost with $9 million offered for basketball and netball courts at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre. 

Ballarat Basketball chief executive Peter Eddy said the commitment was a "big plus" for Ballarat.

"I think we have been really support of the council and their capital plan and this is a significant part of that," he said. 

However, the commitment stops short of providing the extra $8 million for integrated sports house and administrative facility, which was also listed in the City of Ballarat's capital plan. 

"From our perspective it goes part of the way of what we need. In terms of more courts for both basketball and netball, greater facilities for our elites teams and our domestic program," he said.

"From our point of view the courts and the need have been met and when you look at grass roots sport that is the main thing." 

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