The new $3 million multi-use facility at Charles La Trobe College is funded by the Victorian Government.
It’s part of the broader $101.1 million La Trobe Sports Park Stage 3 Project, which includes the Home of the Matildas, State Football Centre, and the Victorian State Rugby Centre of Excellence.
The baseball diamond at the La Trobe Sports Park had to be removed to make way for that project, and is now being relocated to the nearby college. The development also includes a new pavilion with accessible change facilities and a function space for tenant clubs.
The all-synthetic multi-use facility will incorporate a competition standard baseball diamond, overlayed with a full size soccer pitch. The completed facility will also include batting cages, lighting and a scoreboard relocated from the existing facility.
Work on the baseball diamond and soccer pitch is expected to be finished in July.
The overall redevelopment of La Trobe University’s Sports Park in Bundoora is supporting more than 600 jobs during construction.
It’s delivering the Home of the Matildas, providing a world-class training base for Football Australia to train its national women’s squads.
It will provide a home for Football Victoria to base its administration and run high performance training, development and recovery activities.
The project will also develop a base and facilities for Rugby Victoria. The Victorian State Rugby Centre of Excellence will provide training, development and recovery facilities for high performance players, and match day facilities for the Melbourne Rebels Super W team.
The Home of the Matildas is due for completion by March 2023, ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.
The Victorian State Rugby Centre of Excellence and the remainder of the project will be finished later the same year.