St Kilda Football Club is set to undertake a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Moorabbin Oval at RSEA Park to elevate the quality of the historic ground to levels commensurate with the best playing surfaces in the country.
The renovation, made possible with support of the Federal Government, Victorian Government, Kingston City Council and the AFL, will include an overhaul of the ground’s current turf, drainage and irrigation system and footpaths.
St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis said the upgrade was an important investment in the key asset of the revitalised RSEA Park, which now hosts training and matches for AFL, AFLW, talent pathways and community football.
“We’re thrilled to commence this turf redevelopment which is long overdue,” Finnis said.
“In the last three years, RSEA Park has been transformed with a state-of-the-art training and administration facility for male and female teams for St Kilda, the Sandringham Dragons, SFNL and SMJFL and as a result, the usage demands on the oval have increased significantly.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of our project partners who share our vision of creating a world class, unique precinct which supports the health, fitness and wellbeing of athletes of all ages and the community in which they live.
“Given the timing and extent of the works, there will be some impact to public access, community football and our elite-level programs until early in the new year.”
The turf redevelopment will commence at the beginning of September and is set for completion by mid-February 2022. Alternative training locations and match venues for AFLW are currently being finalised by the club.