Brumby takes first look at rectangular stadium
Premier John Brumby today took his first look at the $267.5 million Melbourne Rectangular Stadium as it begins to take shape at the Olympic Park precinct.
Mr Brumby, joined by Major Projects Minister Theo Theophanous and players from Melbourne Victory ahead of tonight’s Olyroos match against Argentina, said the 31,000-seat facility would cater for Melbourne’s growing interest in soccer.
“It doesn’t take too much imagination to realise that the rectangular stadium, with its distinctive bio-frame roof, will be a new Melbourne sporting icon,” Mr Brumby said.
“For many years soccer and rugby in Victoria have made do with inadequate grounds either designed for other sports or incapable of accommodating increasingly large crowds in comfort – this stadium will change all that.
“Spectators will have an awesome viewing experience while the players will have the very best quality playing surface and training facilities, so I think everyone will love this stadium.
“This stadium is another piece of the jigsaw in Melbourne’s suite of stadiums that makes our sporting precinct the best in the world – and only ten minutes walk from the CBD.”
Major Projects Minister Theo Theophanous said the project was entering a new stage with construction set to commence on the stadium’s bio frame roof in the coming months.
“In the next few months the stadium will become part of Melbourne’s skyline as the first shells of the bio-frame roof go up. We are going to start to see the ‘wow’ factor of this project,” Mr Theophanous said. “The stadium also leads the way with its cutting edge design and environmental features such as rain water harvesting and low water and energy use fittings. The roof itself uses around 50 per cent less steel than the equivalent cantilevered structure – a significant environmental saving.”
Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo said he was delighted the company had been selected to build the Rectangular Stadium, following on from its successful redevelopment of the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. “We have been on site here almost a year now and it’s a very exciting project to be involved with,” Mr Grollo said. “The look of the stadium, with its distinctive roof, will ensure it is a great landmark for Melbourne, as well as providing greater enjoyment for followers of soccer, rugby union and rugby league. It will be a major feature of Melbourne’s famous sports and entertainment precinct.” Work on the $267.5 million stadium began late last year and is expected to be operational by 2010.