Western United unveils unique stadium renders
New A-League club Western United has released updated renders for its new purpose-built stadium at Tarneit.
The $180 million Wyndham Stadium will be the first major facility privately built for an Australian team, funded by the proceeds of nearby residential and commercial property projects.
While initial concepts were released in mid-2018, the updated renders by architecture firm Populous, which has designed many stadiums around the world, reveals a more accurate view of the facility.
The purpose-built football stadium is essentially a smaller version of Bankwest Stadium, featuring a 15,000-seat capacity and grandstands that’ll be some of the steepest in the country – equal to, or surpassing, the 34-degree measurement at Western Sydney’s new stadium.
Similar to Cooper Stadium, fans will be as close to the action as possible, with no open space behind the goals, with the longer dimensions required for Rugby League and Union not taken into consideration.
Having gained all the relevant permits, the club hopes to turn the first sod on the project by the time the coming season commences, however there has been some doubt about the ambitious two-year construction period, with the 2022-23 season looking more realistic.
The stadium will be built by one of Australia's largest construction companies, Probuild, who was recently announced as the club’s inaugural major sponsor, featuring on the front of their playing strip.
A railway station is also planned to be built near the new stadium in Tarneit, with a town centre potentially being developed by the council. It is hoped the entire project will be built within about six years.
Until Wyndham Stadium opens its doors, Western United will play the majority of its home games at the 34,000-capacity GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.
The club is also in negotiations to play up to three home games in Ballarat, with Mars Stadium the likely venue, while it also hopes to play a pre-season match at Morshead Park Stadium.