The Ballarat Major Events Precinct will be a vibrant events and sporting hub capable of hosting premier cultural, entertainment, recreation and sporting events.
In June 2015, the Victorian Government committed millions of dollars to the Ballarat Major Events Precinct:
$21.976 million for Mars Stadium, formly Eureka Stadium
$9 million for Ballarat Sports and Events Centre
$5 million for the Ballarat Showgrounds
$2.5 million towards C.E Brown Reserve
The City of Ballarat has committed $5 million towards the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre.
The Ballarat Sports and Events Centre (BSEC) is currently undergoing a $24 million redevelopment.
The redevelopment will help attract major events and tournaments to Ballarat, and the facility will also be better equipped for use by non-sporting community groups and educational programs.
The City of Ballarat has previously committed $5 million towards Stage 1 of the redevelopment and the Victorian Government $9 million.
The $14 million Stage 1 redevelopment included the construction of four new courts.
In July 2017, the Federal Government announced it would invest the remaining $10 million (as part of the Building Better Regions Fund grant) needed to deliver the premier sporting and events facility, which will now also include:
• A 3000-seat show court
• Two additional community courts (netball, basketball, volleyball and badminton)
• Additional amenities and facilities to develop the BSEC into the regional centre for indoor sport and the home of the region’s elite basketball and netball teams
• Additional parking and support infrastructure.
The construction contract was awarded to local firm Nicholson Construction at the end of 2017, with construction projected to be complete by mid-2019.
It is expected an additional 129 jobs will be created during the redevelopment of BSEC which is anticipated to begin by the end of 2017.
A new 5,000 seat undercover grandstand at Ballarat’s Mars Stadium is completed.
Ballarat firm Nicholson Construction in a joint venture with Atelier Projects were awarded the $21.976 million State Government contract to build the stadium. The joint venture worked with renowned Melbourne firm, Peddle Thorp Architects, to deliver the project, which included:
Upgrading match-day facilities to AFL standard
New stadium seating, public shelters, toilets for all-abilities access, providing access for food and beverage facilities, and ticketing infrastructure
Improving lighting around the main oval and providing an electronic video scoreboard
The stadium includes more than 5,000 undercover seats and a total stadium capacity of 11,000 spectators. It will host AFL Premiership Season matches and international acts and tournaments, bringing events to the region that may otherwise be held in Melbourne or Geelong.
The project created 38 construction jobs and is expected to attract an extra 1500 participants per year, 21,000 visitors per year, and increase annual tourism spending in the city by up to $3.6 million.
A project to refurbish or relocate the Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society showgrounds.
To date, the State Government has provided $5 million.
C.E.Brown Reserve - Clubrooms and Cricket Net upgrades
Project: The construction of new club room facilities at C.E. Brown Reserve, including the refurbishment of the existing facilities, is completed.
The Victorian State Government committed $2.5 million to fund the development of alterations to the existing social rooms, as well as, the construction of new unisex change rooms at C.E. Brown Reserve for senior and junior footballers, netballers and umpires.
Major improvements were made to the existing kitchen and club lounge, as well as, the construction of a new multipurpose indoor cricket practice pitch/training/warm-up area.
Cricket net upgrades
Project: The outdoor cricket nets have been relocated as part of the expansion of the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre. The project includes five fully-inclosed cricket nets with retractable netting, and an extra net for public use.