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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Images from Eureka Stadium:

    A month ago:




    Two weeks ago: The official switching on of the scoreboard.


    Two weeks ago: Night training - North Ballarat Roosters









    Yesterday (16 June 17):





    The ground is about two weeks from completion of the first stage. The Council and builders are obviously quite keen for the government to announce funding for the second stage, but that is not expected until at least August at the earliest. I have recently seen the lighting being tested and to say that the ground looks 'amazing under lighting' is an understatement. The effect of the upward LED lighting against the stand roofs, and coloured LED back-lighting of the perspex triangles behind the stands really adds character. They have also built in high intensity LED down-lights around the front of the larger stand to prevent shadowing of the roof-line from at night. But the effect is that the ground is about 50% brighter at the boundary, so when the stand is eventually built around 60% of the perimeter the ground will be very light when combined with the light towers (which are only 60% loaded at the moment). The daytime view from the North Ballarat Sports Club across the ground South East toward Mount Buninyong is breathtaking. It really is quite an intimate and beautiful ground, which isn't bad for what was definitely once one of the worst grounds in the VFL for atmosphere. It really has been transformed.
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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Two aerial shots from a week ago:




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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Looks really good. A lot in Ballarat and surrounds must be looking forward to AFL footy coming there soon especially our supporters from there. Thanks for sharing Woofer.
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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Eastdog View Post
    Looks really good. A lot in Ballarat and surrounds must be looking forward to AFL footy coming there soon especially our supporters from there. Thanks for sharing Woofer.
    Not everybody in Ballarat is behind it, it still has its critics, but largely those are borne from jealousies and plain ignorance. Most critics are simply ranting about costs and "My rates are paying for this". Well the rate payers haven't stumped up a cent, it has been state government funded. From my perspective ... I say ... "Nobody ever built a monument yet to a single critic anywhere in the world". So the critics can go and get stuffed.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Put yourself in the shoes of the locals - who largely support clubs other than North Ballarat (the most powerful, dominant & disliked club in the BFL) who are having to watch that disliked powerhouse get an enormous boost to their facilities by the state government, and I reckon some resentment is inevitable.

    I don't think it's a reflection on us.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Indeed Webby, I do put myself in local shoes, consider:

    That if it were all about gifting the North Ballarat Roosters then why did the Council take control and ownership of the ground away from them? You don't hear the residents of Ballarat bemoaning the $2.5 million spent so far to upgrade the Eastern Oval and the $750,000 that Cricket Victoria is about to upgrade the lighting at the Eastern Oval to a higher grade than Eureka Stadium, and that the Council has another $1 million of other upgrades to spectator amenities planned for that ground. Yet nobody whinges that East Point is being gifted?

    Nobody moaned when $1.7 million was spent at Marty Busch Reserve upgrading Sebastopol's oval, or the $1.65 million for Alfredton home of the Ballarat FNC. They were remarkably silent when the Wendouree-Lakers had their ground rebuilt with new lighting two years ago or the $2.5 million the State Govt kicked in upgrading their pavilion earlier this year. I bet nobody will utter a word when the council start the rebuilding the City Oval later this year for the Redan FNCs benefit. As I said, it's just plain selective-ignorance and/or jealousy. People in Ballarat are fond of beating up on the local council, but they have certainly invested in sports clubs and facilities that would be the envy of many towns and cities around Australia.

    Although IMO, first class facilities don't automatically translate to onfield success, otherwise Collingwood should be unassailable, and frankly they're garbage and always have been. They've won 92% of their premierships before 1958, and the bulk of those were before WW2.

    Many in Ballarat cannot comprehend North Ballarat's success given that they established their current sports club in 1991 out of nothing. I am old enough to remember when North Ballarat had an old WW2 Nissen hut (relocated from the Ballarat Airport) as their club HQ, cold outdoor showers and that their oval was nothing more than a mud pit in the middle of the old Showgrounds harness racing arena prior to that, and they managed to bury the rest of the BFL even then.

    The North Ballarat FNC management today are very aware that they are seen parochially as a local Ballarat suburban team in the VFL and not as a representative club of the whole of the City of Ballarat. There has been much talk recently within the NBFC of splitting the Roosters away from the club and re-branding them as "The Greater Western Roosters" to enable them to focus on being a regional feeder club into the AFL.
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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Eastdog View Post
    Looks really good. A lot in Ballarat and surrounds must be looking forward to AFL footy coming there soon especially our supporters from there. Thanks for sharing Woofer.
    I think that in time many in Ballarat will come to embrace it for what it is. A local asset for the community and not a gift for the benefit of a local football team. It is the Ballarat Football and Netball League (and nobody else) who choose not to play any of their finals there, and instead choose to consign their supporters to older facilites with poor disabled amenities, poor parking, minimal facilities for ladies and minimal seating. I think that Eureka will win locals hearts as a concert venue, as a venue for local carols, as an AFL venue for the Bulldogs and as a BFNL venue for North City FNC. In time locals who experience the redeveloped ground will put it back onto the BFNL and ask why they choose not to use Eureka for their big ticket games? I can't imagine the local media being kind to the BFNL if they remain pig-headed.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Eureka Stadium now officially 'Mars Stadium':

    Local Ballarat international confectionery giant 'Mars' has been announced as the new naming rights sponsor of Eureka Stadium in Ballarat. The newly-renovated venue, which will host its first AFL game in round 22, is now known as Mars Stadium.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Okay, for those who missed out on a ticket: the bar will serve local craft beers and wines, and the day will be hosted by Fox Footy presenters and beamed lived from the stadium which will be right next door.





    10am 29th July
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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Woofer View Post
    Okay, for those who missed out on a ticket: the bar will serve local craft beers and wines, and the day will be hosted by Fox Footy presenters and beamed lived from the stadium which will be right next door.





    10am 29th July

    Sounds good. I went to Adelaide happy to do the same thing. That sounds like fun.
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    Re: Western Bulldogs hope Ballarat clash persuades state government to boost Eureka Stadiumís capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Woofer View Post
    Okay, for those who missed out on a ticket: the bar will serve local craft beers and wines, and the day will be hosted by Fox Footy presenters and beamed lived from the stadium which will be right next door.





    10am 29th July

    Sounds good. I went to Adelaide happy to do the same thing. That sounds like fun.mthink I might go up and stay with my mate in Ballarat.
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