May 30

Hunter Stadium gets the green light for returf

Friday 30 May 2014 2:48pm

Hunter Stadium is set to be resurfaced following the recent announcement of joint funding by the state government, Venues NSW and the Asian Cup Local Organising Committee.

The works will allow the Stadium to meet the international standards required of the venue, which will be in the spotlight when it hosts four Asian Cup matches in January. An estimated 700 million people in 84 countries are expected to watch telecasts of the four games in Newcastle.

Sport and Recreation Minister Stuart Ayres has announced the project and advised that the work will start after the final home game for the Newcastle Knights.

Football Federation Australia has agreed to schedule Newcastle Jets A-League matches as away games until November, to provide the eight-week window needed to get the work done.

The reconstruction of the stadium’s playing surface is good news for all hirers of the Stadium including the Newcastle Knights and the Newcastle Jets.

Mr Ayres said the project would ensure a ‘‘high-quality’’ venue.

‘‘This isn’t just laying down a new sheet of grass, this is reconstruction of the surface,’’ Mr Ayres said.

‘‘Any stadium is only as good as the surface played on, so this will address those issues and cap off other investment in the stadium.’’

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