Team 11 and the City of Casey can unveil fresh concepts of the proposed state-of-the-art training base at Casey Fields that will come to fruition if the region’s A-League bid is successful.
These artist impressions, while subject to change, demonstrate the scale of the Football Centre of Excellence that is set to take shape in the heart of south-east Victoria.
The proposed $38.8 million facility is split into two sections, stage one being an $18m community facility that will be built regardless of whether Team 11’s bid for A-League and W-League entry is successful.
The second stage, a $20.8m elite training and administration base, is conditional on the success of the licence bid.
The City of Casey has applied to the Victorian Government for $5m from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contributions and $6.5m from the Growing Suburbs Fund to enable Council to deliver the $18m first stage, which encompasses the three synthetic pitches, a turf pitch – all floodlit – and an eight-change room pavilion.
An application has also been made to the Australian Government for $10m towards the second stage, the future administration and training base for Team 11.
That second stage includes the featured main training pitch, which is also capable of hosting crowds of up to 4000, making it a perfect home for potential pre-season, FFA Cup, National Youth League and local club matches.
The shovel-ready Cranbourne East site will begin to take shape later this year, in preparation for the potential kick-off of an A-League club in October 2019.
The additional pitches for community use come at a time when Football Federation Victoria has identified the need to build at least 15 new pitches in the City of Casey by 2026 given the south-east’s population boom.
Casey, one of the fastest-growing councils in the country, already boasts a population in excess of 326,000, with the south-east of Victoria as a whole is home to more than 1.5 million residents.