Vision for TIO Stadium redevelopment
Darwin’s TIO Stadium at the Marrara Sporting Complex could be redeveloped to attract more AFL matches and other major events.
The AFLNT has released its vision of what the redeveloped stadium would look like.
Estimates up to $80 million have been placed on infrastructure upgrades and work on both playing arenas at the ground.
“The AFLNT believes that like all the other state capitals, Darwin deserves a world- class AFL stadium,’’ Frawley told the NT News last night.
“We will be presenting these designs and the feasibility study to the Federal and NT governments to be considered as part of the Northern Australia Development strategy.
“This is just one concept design of how a new stadium could look. We will no doubt present more in the coming months as we explore all possibilities.”
Frawley and his administration have already presented their own “Northern Australia Strategy for AFL in the NT” to the AFL in Melbourne.
“We’ve brought in Adam Giles’ setup, which includes Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and Alice Springs and how they are going to develop those regions,’’ he said. “On the back of the ($15 million) Michael Long Centre, we should upgrade TIO Stadium to the same level as the other states and territories around Australia.’’
An expanded main grandstand, portable stands on the scoreboard side of TIO Stadium, kitchen and dining facilities, new changerooms and resurfacing are just some of the upgrades.
“We have to be able to attract AFL games in Darwin and even a club that wants to play several home games here,’’ Frawley said.
A $50,000 feasibility study into the redevelopment will incorporate the NT Government’s Department of Sport and Recreation and form part of the funding submission.
Work on the Michael Long Centre behind the northern goals has commenced.
Meanwhile, the Melbourne Football Club recently signed a new deal to play two matches per season in the Northern Territory until 2016 – one at TIO Stadium and one at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.