Despite missing out on one of two A-League expansion licences offered by Football Federation Australia in 2018, Team 11, the City of Greater Dandenong and the South East Melbourne Group of Councils will continue to advocate for a boutique rectangular stadium to be built next to Dandenong Train Station. This is because the ground is seen to be a necessary piece of infrastructure in the south-east that will service demands well beyond just those of a professional football club. With its ease of access via both public transport and major road networks, this stadium would be the catalyst for major economic growth in the region. The facility would be capable of hosting football, rugby union and rugby league matches as well as concerts, festivals and other community events.
Dandenong is commonly referred to as the capital of the south-east and is the ideal location for the A-League side’s home ground. With existing football facilities all located within relatively close proximity to Melbourne’s CBD, the proposed Dandenong Stadium will address a major gap in the provision of stadia and top-tier professional teams in the south-east of Victoria. It will also cater for the region’s large and rapidly growing population.
The proposed Dandenong Stadium would be located on Council-owned land in the Dandenong Activity Centre, on the corner of Cheltenham Road and George Street; a high profile site with excellent proximity to existing public transport and parking facilities and the ability to act as a positive catalyst for the growth of the Activity Centre.
The location of the stadium within the Activity Centre provides easy access to over 4400 existing off-street parking bays, with over 800 within the immediate vicinity of the site.
The Dandenong Train Station services the two most populated train lines in Melbourne: the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. Additionally, a V-Line connection to Traralgon provides a seamless connection into Gippsland, making Dandenong Station ideally placed to transport patrons to and from the venue. Additionally, the station’s bus interchange is also one of the busiest in the region.
The proposed site is easily accessible from Melbourne via the Monash Freeway, the eastern suburbs via Eastlink, the Mornington Peninsula via Peninsula Link, Gippsland via the Princes Highway and the Casey Football Centre of Excellence in Cranbourne East via the South Gippsland Highway.
The Stadium is also in close proximity to a range of restaurants, cafes, bars and retail areas catering for both residents and visitors to the area and providing significant economic benefits to local businesses and the broader region.
Spectators will be seated as close as possible to the field of play to provide an electric atmosphere and a true home advantage for the home team
A boutique stadium with an initial seating capacity of between 12,000 and 20,000 is proposed. The seating bowl would be designed to provide an exciting and intimate sporting experience. Spectators will be seated as close as possible to the field of play to provide an electric atmosphere and a true home advantage for the home team.
Stadium seating has been designed to ensure that every seat in the bowl has an equal level of viewing quality. General admission seating has been focused on the lower bowl with the western upper tier dedicated to premium product including corporate suites and lounges which double as a function centre space capable of being used outside of game days.
More than just a Stadium
The Stadium would be developed as a multi-purpose sport, community and entertainment venue in order to maximise use and functionality. It would not be of benefit only to Team 11, but the south-east Victorian community at large. The stadium design provides the ability for the venue to cater for both football and rugby, in addition to major events, concerts and festivals.
Corporate suites and lounges / function rooms in the western stand will receive year-round use by community groups, educational institutions and local business. Discussions are currently underway with a number of agencies and stakeholders regarding potential partnerships opportunities and the ability of the venue to cater for the needs of disadvantaged groups within the region.
The potential for Socceroos, Matildas and youth international games to be staged at the ground is very real, as is the need for local clubs and schools to be able use the ground for major events and games.
Concept plans for the proposed Stadium have been prepared by Cox Architecture, the award-winning designers of Melbourne’s AAMI Park.