EUREKA Stadium should be illuminated brighter than ever before within the week.
Contractors are on schedule to erect new towers about stadium’s newly re-sized and resurfaced playing arena.
The first move is to install the stadium’s old light towers on the Northern number two oval which, like the main oval, has also been resurfaced this summer. These light should be in place by mid-week.
New lighting will brighten Eureka Stadium to 300 lux and Victorian Football League night-game standard.
North Ballarat Roosters are scheduled to play their first VFL home game on a Friday night, under lights, on April 22 against Geelong.
The number two oval has been upgraded as an alternative training venue and to manage usage on the stadium’s playing surface.
Both have been re-sized to popular Etihad Stadium dimensions, favoured by the AFL and Western Bulldogs. Goal faces in Eureka Stadium’s main arena have been slightly shifted – one near the end of the existing building at the Creswick Road end with the corridor tracking through to the old scoreboard direction.
Redevelopment for the main Eureka Stadium arena has also allowed more room for a wider concourse that will run behind seating around the main oval. Seating will go right up to the boundary fence.
A spectator mound, near the showgrounds, is growing. Construction for the new grandstand will be made in stages through the football season. Once complete, Eureka Stadium will feature more than 5000 undercover seats and have a stadium capacity of 11,000 people. Upgrades will bring match-day facilities to AFL standards, including broadcast and media, catering, ticketing and a video scoreboard.
Western Bulldogs have signed on to play home games at Eureka Stadium for five seasons from 2017 with a keen interest to play on beyond in Ballarat – on the delivery of an AFL standard stadium. The Bulldogs moved into Ballarat, expanding the club’s western front, with community programs and camps from late 2014. The club secured a Ballarat office in Mair Street last month as a base for their outreach and development programs.
Eureka tenant North Ballarat City will play its first Ballarat Football League home game against Redan on April 23. TAC Cup under-18 team North Ballarat Rebels lines up at Eureka Stadium a week later on May 1.