Early site works to commence for Western United stadium
The Western Melbourne Group has announced early works are set to commence next month to provide access to the future Wyndham City Stadium.
The early works will begin in the week commencing 25 October 2021, with building of the site’s haul road to create access to the stadium site for construction vehicles, as well as upgrades to Leakes Road and construction of the interim Ison Road.
The early works can proceed while the stadium and the surrounding precinct’s Concept Master Plan, which was submitted to the state government in July, is being approved.
The 15,000-capacity Wyndham City Stadium is part of a broader sports precinct, which will eventually feature at least five elite sports arenas, including a secondary rectangular stadium with grandstand seating for 5000 spectators, as well as a mix of commercial and residential dwellings.
The Wyndham City Elite Training Facility was unveiled in September 2020, with the Wyndham council awarding a $1.21 million contract in July this year to design the regional football facility. Work on the construction was expected to be completed by May 2023.
However, at this point, exact time frames remain unknown for the main 15,000-seat future home of the A-League club. Originally due to be completed ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 A-League season, with Western United to move into their new home after playing home games in Geelong and Ballarat in their opening two seasons. The club is expected to play the majority of its home games at AAMI Park this season.
Western United reported that due to various factors pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, refreshed timeframes have been established for the project.
Western Melbourne Group Chairman Jason Sourasis said, “We thank all of our stakeholders, members and fans for their unwavering support as we continue to work hard on delivering a world-class precinct.
“Over the past two pandemic affected years, the club has grown enormously to not only field an A-League team but to include a youth academy with two teams playing in the Victorian NPL, securing a W-League licence for the 2022/23 season, the establishment of a women’s development program, as well as Frame Football and Powerchair teams.
“Whilst the planning process has taken longer than we had hoped, it is vitally important we get the masterplan for the whole precinct right from the start.
"The precinct will allow for the continued growth of our sporting organisation as we expand our academies and pathways further, as well as building a sporting centrepiece for the rapidly growing population in the west of Melbourne.