Location :

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Client :

Deakin University

Year :

2014-2017

Sector :

Athletics | Private Education | Cricket | AFL | Netball | Basketball

The existing facility was an expansive natural turf playing surface and two baseball diamonds in poor condition. While the Fields of Play were used by a couple of teams, the informal use was limited.

THE CHALLENGE

The initial design brief was to design an elite training and competition facility that would support the University sports teams, encourage use from the community to attract students, and enable the University sport science department to utilise the facility.

 

Late in the design process, the brief was expanded to increase the size of the AFL oval to suit the use of the Geelong Football Club as a training venue.

THE SOLUTION

The developed of the elite facility now consists of:

  • MCG sized AFL oval

  • Cricket oval

  • IAAF approved athletics running track

  • FIFA endorsed synthetic grass soccer pitch (located within athletics track infield)

  • Incline sprint track and long/triple jump facility

  • Acrylic basketball/netball court

  • Synthetic grass baseball diamond (including backstop fence and benches)

  • Outdoor workout equipment

THE RESULTS

Even before the facility was completed, the University noted an increase in student enquiries. Those in the sports department believe the excitement around the new facility increased the interest in the University. Since completed the Geelong Football Club has used the facility not only as a training venue for their AFL men’s and women’s teams but also try-outs for the VFL woman’s team.

 

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