Elite-level AFL and cricket matches could be on the Newy sporting calendar thanks to a major upgrade of No.1 Sportsground.
The multi-million dollar refurbishment, the biggest of its kind since the construction of the site in 1922, will kick off in September and will include an increase to the field size and the installation of bleacher-style seating which will increase seating capacity from 400 to 790.
Improvements will also be made to the lighting, drainage, irrigation, sub-soil material and turf.
“This important redevelopment will now give our City the opportunity to extend our sporting reach on the main stage beyond NRL, Super Rugby and Supercars to also include elite-level cricket and AFL,” she said.
“Not only will our investment in this project attract top-class sporting codes, it will also benefit those playing at regional and grassroots levels who use No.1 Sportsground year-in, year-out.”
Chairman of Newcastle Cricket District Association Paul Marjoribanks said the renovations would help meet the day-night scheduling demands of modern cricket.
“The proposed upgrades will provide significant benefits to both local and regional cricket and also give Newcastle the opportunity to again host first-class cricket matches,” he said.
“In particular the upgrades to the lighting will allow cricket to be played at night – which will bring it into line with modern-day cricket scheduling.”
It is expected that the revamp will take 12 months to complete.