Our game plan to guide planning and investment decisions relating to major stadia and arenas.
Major sporting and event venues around the world are evolving at a faster pace than ever and as part of a wider commitment to keep the state ahead of the game, the Victorian Government developed Home Ground Advantage – Victoria’s Major Stadia Strategy to assess and determine the future needs of Victoria’s sporting stadiums and precincts.
Victoria's suite of major stadia are the envy of the world, setting the scene for some of the biggest international events to come to this state including the Australian Open, AFL Grand Final, World Cup of Golf and the Boxing Day Test.
The venues that host the State’s major events calendar provide a platform for:
The Victorian Government is proud to have worked with the public, a wide range of partners, and stakeholders that make up the Victorian sport and recreation industry to develop Home Ground Advantage.
Home Ground Advantage delivers a game plan that focuses on major oval and rectangular field based stadia and indoor arenas which host national and international men’s and women’s sporting competitions and entertainment events.
It identifies opportunities to be implemented over the next 30 years to ensure Victoria remains the premier state in sport and major events focusing on the following policy priorities:
To address the identified priorities a set of major development and renewal priorities have been identified to deliver improvements to our stadia and arena network including:
Upgrades to professional women’s sport venues;
Eureka Stadium, Ballarat;
Kardinia Park, Geelong; and
Melbourne Cricket Ground.
While the key major development and renewal priorities across the network have been identified, ongoing venue renewals such as smaller scale upgrades will be needed across the network so all facilities continue to respond to changing demands.
It is recognised that a long term view of potential pipeline projects needs to be considered to compliment the venue network. These pipeline projects are largely determined by appropriate content models to support investment. These projects could include:
redeveloped and new arenas in metro and regional Victoria capable of hosting national and international competition; and