The redeveloped Lakeside Stadium is an elite athletics facility in Albert Park providing an international standard home for athletics in Victoria.
The Victorian Government committed over $60 million to upgrade a number of sporting facilities around Albert Park. The project involved the redevelopment of Bob Jane Stadium, now known as Lakeside Stadium.
The project also included the restoration of the 1926 heritage grandstand. This provides a new home for the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and also includes improvements to soccer competition and administration facilities for the South Melbourne Football Club (SMFC).
A new athletics administration building was built as part of the project and was officially opened in December 2012. ‘Athletics House’ is the new home of Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria and Little Athletics Australia and incorporates a function room named after Olympic champion Cathy Freeman.
The project was managed by Major Projects Victoria on behalf of Sport and Recreation Victoria for the Victorian Government.
The redevelopment included:
- construction of international standard athletics facilities
- construction of new office accommodation for Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria and Little Athletics Australia
- an IAAF-approved synthetic eight-lane running track with 10-lane front and back straights
- new international standard athletics competition equipment including: four long jump pits; two pole vault areas; two high jump fans; two javelin runways; two shot put fans; portable discus and hammer cages; a warm-up area with a six lane 60 metre track; jumps facilities and throws area; competition facilities including photo finish; equipment, sports presentation, media, officials and medal ceremony rooms
- upgrades to the existing stadium facilities, including: a new FIFA sized natural grass pitch for soccer; a new electronic video board; upgraded sports lighting; a new northern grandstand; new spectator amenities; ticketing and merchandise; beverage and retail facilities
- an upgrade to the stadium’s 1926 heritage grandstand, restored to become the new training and administration base for the VIS and including: a 50 metre indoor running track; an elite gymnasium; sports science and athlete testing rooms; a 25 metre four lane training/recovery pool and a multipurpose sprung floor area.
The redevelopment also supports the current tenants of Lakeside Stadium – the SMFC – through improvements to soccer competition facilities at the venue and within Albert Park, including:
- the construction of a sports pavilion for use by the men, women and junior arms of the SMFC, with change rooms for players and referees, a canteen, storage areas, and a social room
- new synthetic playing fields for community clubs in Albert Park, such as touch football and ultimate frisbee.