The Geelong Cats got some good news recently when the AFL Commission granted the club $4 million towards their renovation of Simonds Stadium at the end of the current campaign. Geelong reached a total of 45,000 members this year and are hoping the local government will kick in an additional $6 million of funding to make sure the redevelopment project stays on schedule. Geelong has also put in $4million at the fourth stage of the project as the club wants to turn the ground into a world-class stadium. Cats’ fans can back their team each week with a CrownBet AFL Head to Head Bet
The government also chipped $75 million of funding for the project which is expected to cost slightly more than $90 million as the old Brownlow and Jennings stands will be rebuilt. The work is scheduled to begin after the current season and it will reduce the capacity at the stadium for the 2016 campaign. The Cats are hoping things run smoothly and everything will be completed prior to the 2017 season. Once the renovations have been completed Simonds Stadium will be able to hold 36,000 fans and will also be used for events other than football. Whatever footy team you support, be sure to pick them each round with a weekly CrownBet AFL Head to Head Bet.
Gillon McLachlan, the CEO of the AFL, told the press that the AFL Commission decided in June to help fund the project and notified the Cats about it in mid July. He remarked,Simonds Stadium is a key part of the AFL landscape that serves the people of Geelong and the wider Western Victorian country region with the ability to watch top-level AFL football. The Geelong council and the Cats have done a tremendous job over the last decade in the way they have transformed Simonds Stadium. The AFL Commission remains committed to providing funding support to those venues where we fixture AFL matches.”
The Cats were given eight home matches this season and they’re hoping to have at least eight more next year while the work is being done. The club believes it has invested close to $15 million in Simonds Stadium over the past decade and is now aiming to reach 60,000 members in the near future. Brian Cook, the Cats’ CEO said the new ground will help solidify the team’s long-term future in the Geelong region as it will be one of the best in the country when it’s completed. Be sure to take advantage of a CrownBet AFL Head to Head Bet on a regular basis during the footy season.