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Could we be looking at Mars Stadium in Ballarat in 2026 being given a Birmingham 2023 “Alexander Stadium” style upgrade like this?

It looks fabulous and while not over the top, would be a great legacy boost to Mars. Stadium.
 

 

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4 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

Could we be looking at Mars Stadium in Ballarat in 2026 being given a Birmingham 2023 “Alexander Stadium” style upgrade like this?

It looks fabulous and while not over the top, would be a great legacy boost to Mars. Stadium.
 

 

Geez they've got a lot to work with. It really is a blank canvas. I will be fascinated to see how it eventually gets done.

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If you want an idea of the architectual cues for Mars Stadium and how it will look? Firstly they will likely appoint Peddle Thorp architects who have designed everything that is there so far since 2017. Think of grandstands being semi-clad in clear and translucent triangular patterns (a nod to the stars on the Eureka Flag) with bullnose rear shapes to the roof lines as nod to the verandah's found on 1000s of Ballarat's late 19th Century houses. Finally seating. It is likely that Cramatic Seating in Rowville will be contracted again to furnish any new permanent stands with more Royal Blue, dark grey and light grey seats. The colours and geometric shapes used at Mars Stadium are a tilt to its propper non-commercial name "Eureka Stadium". During the games the stadium may temporarily revert to that name unless Mars Confectionary Australia pay a sponsorship premium to the Vic Games Organisers.

The real questions are where the new permanent stands will go, and if they will demolish and replace the North Ballarat Sports Club? They may in fact finish up demolishing a couple of recently completed buildings.

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1 hour ago, ulu said:

India have requested archery, shooting and wrestling be included

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1122278/ioa-archery-shooting-wrestling-victoria

TBH I was surprised they'd been left out so far. Wrestling and archery would fit Shepparton and would provide the catalyst for building its long awaited sports and events centre. There are plenty of nearby fields at Shepparton's Sports City to host archery, including their soccer stadium. Shooting could be very easily accommodated at either Bendigo at Wellsford rifle range or at Puckapunyal (an hour north of Melbourne / 50 minutes east of Bendigo / 50 minutes south of Shepparton). By 2026 the brand new Royal Australian Armour and Artillery Museum will be completed near the main entrance of Puckapunyal Army Base. I still haven't given up on rowing at Lake Nagambie (23 km north of Seymour-Puckapunyal) either.

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9 hours ago, Victorian said:

They get what they get and don’t get upset. If they want these sports included how about they stand up and host the games? 

True enough too! India is content to stand up and dictate how and where cricket gets played. Yes it's time for our Indian brothers and sisters to really step up.

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Roogal on Bigfooty has posted this under a 2026 Commonwealth Games thread:

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She did post it with a disclaimer that it is not an official image but her idea of what she thinks is likely to occur at Mars Stadium. It seems plausible and seems to be consistent with what we have previously discussed here.

The Ballarat Courier ran a front page article today where the local Athletics Club are proposing that they are happy to give up their existing Golden Point reserve to be relocated to a modern facility if that facility were to be used as the athletics training and warm up track during the Games. The article is as follows:

APRIL 27 2022 - 5:30AM

2026 Commonwealth Games: Could a new athletics track be built in Ballarat?

 
 

Ballarat Regional Athletics Centre hub manager Ashley Anderson. Picture: Lachlan Bence  Ballarat Regional Athletics Centre hub manager Ashley Anderson. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Ballarat's only athletics reserve could be turned into an affordable housing hub if a new track and field centre is built for the Commonwealth Games, say civic leaders. Shifting Llanberris Athletics Reserve from Golden Point to the Ballarat Major Events Precinct, based around Mars Stadium, also has the backing of athletics managers and coaches who say the idea could be a once in a lifetime 'legacy' project for the city.

With Ballarat set to host the athletics among other events as part of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, a second track facility adjacent to Mars Stadium for warm-ups will be required, as stipulated by international athletics rules for a host city.

The preferred positions for the new track and field complex precinct include the area to the south of the stadium, currently occupied by Ballarat Showgrounds and to the north, the privately-owned - but vacant - former John Valves site on Norman Street. The current Llanberris site could also potentially be converted into at least part of the athlete's village, providing an inner-city location close to the action, and hopefully, social housing connected to the community.

Funding for major upgrades to the "Ballarat Major Events Precinct" around Mars Stadium is a top priority according to the City of Ballarat's election and budget advocacy documents.

Committee for Ballarat chief executive Michael Poulton said "it would make logical sense" for a new athletics facility. "The state government needs to consider that Llanberris, as it is, is an ageing facility, so if the track stays as it currently is as the home of athletics, in two, three, five years time, we're going to be going back to the state government with a big ask for the redevelopment of that current site," he said.

"It makes sense to take this opportunity to give athletics a brand new facility and evolve Llanberris into something that's more usable for the community point of view.

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If not moved, Llanberris Athletics stadium will need a new track upgrade within two years. Picture: Lachlan Bence

"We're supporting the idea of freeing up Llanberris, moving it up to the new precinct and opening up the current Llanberris site to be open to affordable housing - we're in desperate need of housing stock in this city, particularly in-fill development, so I think it would be a really good outcome and I would imagine there would be incredibly good support for affordable housing." The Ballarat Regional Athletic Centre manages the Llanberris site - hub manager Ashley Anderson said a move would be supported.

"There needs to be something to be made there. It won't be me making those decisions, it'll be the Commonwealth Games committee, the City of Ballarat and the state government who will be working together to work out how it is going to fit," he said.

"We know there are some limitations with the current facility at Llanberris, parking for one has been discussed for many years and there's not a lot of area for expansion.

"I think we can safely say, and the data says this, we are going to get a boost in numbers. Our numbers across the summer season have already increased and there's enough questions out there already as to whether the current facility is going to sustain the growth.

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The athletics facilities are well past their used by date, coaches say. "We need to focus on the broader picture of the legacy and not just the infrastructure. I think in a perfect world, a potential new facility is a positive." Athletics coach Neville Down said the current facility could be "limiting", particularly around parking, lighting, and space. "Any new facility would be welcomed and embraced, because you can give it a new design and it can incorporate the necessary features and amenities that are required for a track," he said.

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3 hours ago, RooBlu said:

Roogal on Bigfooty has posted this under a 2026 Commonwealth Games thread:

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She did post it with a disclaimer that it is not an official image but her idea of what she thinks is likely to occur at Mars Stadium. It seems plausible and seems to be consistent with what we have previously discussed here.

The Ballarat Courier ran a front page article today where the local Athletics Club are proposing that they are happy to give up their existing Golden Point reserve to be relocated to a modern facility if that facility were to be used as the athletics training and warm up track during the Games. The article is as follows:

APRIL 27 2022 - 5:30AM

2026 Commonwealth Games: Could a new athletics track be built in Ballarat?

 
 

Ballarat Regional Athletics Centre hub manager Ashley Anderson. Picture: Lachlan Bence  Ballarat Regional Athletics Centre hub manager Ashley Anderson. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Ballarat's only athletics reserve could be turned into an affordable housing hub if a new track and field centre is built for the Commonwealth Games, say civic leaders. Shifting Llanberris Athletics Reserve from Golden Point to the Ballarat Major Events Precinct, based around Mars Stadium, also has the backing of athletics managers and coaches who say the idea could be a once in a lifetime 'legacy' project for the city.

With Ballarat set to host the athletics among other events as part of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, a second track facility adjacent to Mars Stadium for warm-ups will be required, as stipulated by international athletics rules for a host city.

The preferred positions for the new track and field complex precinct include the area to the south of the stadium, currently occupied by Ballarat Showgrounds and to the north, the privately-owned - but vacant - former John Valves site on Norman Street. The current Llanberris site could also potentially be converted into at least part of the athlete's village, providing an inner-city location close to the action, and hopefully, social housing connected to the community.

Funding for major upgrades to the "Ballarat Major Events Precinct" around Mars Stadium is a top priority according to the City of Ballarat's election and budget advocacy documents.

Committee for Ballarat chief executive Michael Poulton said "it would make logical sense" for a new athletics facility. "The state government needs to consider that Llanberris, as it is, is an ageing facility, so if the track stays as it currently is as the home of athletics, in two, three, five years time, we're going to be going back to the state government with a big ask for the redevelopment of that current site," he said.

"It makes sense to take this opportunity to give athletics a brand new facility and evolve Llanberris into something that's more usable for the community point of view.

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If not moved, Llanberris Athletics stadium will need a new track upgrade within two years. Picture: Lachlan Bence

"We're supporting the idea of freeing up Llanberris, moving it up to the new precinct and opening up the current Llanberris site to be open to affordable housing - we're in desperate need of housing stock in this city, particularly in-fill development, so I think it would be a really good outcome and I would imagine there would be incredibly good support for affordable housing." The Ballarat Regional Athletic Centre manages the Llanberris site - hub manager Ashley Anderson said a move would be supported.

"There needs to be something to be made there. It won't be me making those decisions, it'll be the Commonwealth Games committee, the City of Ballarat and the state government who will be working together to work out how it is going to fit," he said.

"We know there are some limitations with the current facility at Llanberris, parking for one has been discussed for many years and there's not a lot of area for expansion.

"I think we can safely say, and the data says this, we are going to get a boost in numbers. Our numbers across the summer season have already increased and there's enough questions out there already as to whether the current facility is going to sustain the growth.

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The athletics facilities are well past their used by date, coaches say. "We need to focus on the broader picture of the legacy and not just the infrastructure. I think in a perfect world, a potential new facility is a positive." Athletics coach Neville Down said the current facility could be "limiting", particularly around parking, lighting, and space. "Any new facility would be welcomed and embraced, because you can give it a new design and it can incorporate the necessary features and amenities that are required for a track," he said.

Makes absolute sense.

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6 minutes ago, ulu said:

Why's women's T20 cricket included but not men's?

I assume Women's Cricket has been confirmed but still waiting approval from relevant bodies (ICC.. cough Indian Cricket Council cough sorry International Cricket Council)

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Remember guys (and guyess's) that there are still six sports to be announced or confirmed later this year. Everyone should keep their powder dry on shooting, weightlifting, track cycling, wrestling, rowing and men's T20 cricket untill all is eventually revealed.

A very good high quality aerial of Mars Stadium as it presently is appeared today on the "Mayor's message" board of the Ballarat Council website. I note that the two new netball courts to the lower left of shot have replaced the single old North Ballarat Netball Club court which was located just to the bottom of the main grandstand. This clears the way for the extension of that stand and inclusion of a third new entrance to the stadium when it is eventually expanded.

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26 minutes ago, AustralianFan said:

This additional pool likely to be used as a training venue for some national swimming teams just prior to the Games

 

Victoria is fortunate to have numerous indoor International competition standard pools not just in Melbourne but also in several regional cities.

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9 minutes ago, RooBlu said:

Victoria is fortunate to have numerous indoor International competition standard pools not just in Melbourne but also in several regional cities.

It certainly is. The aquatics teams can base themselves independently around the state in the weeks leading up to entering the Geelong athletes village. These new and existing Geelong pools will, I imagine, add extra training capacity for national teams in addiiton to Kardinia Aquatics Centre much closer to the Games.

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2 minutes ago, AustralianFan said:

It certainly is. The aquatics teams can base themselves independently around the state in the weeks leading up to entering the Geelong athletes village. These new and existing Geelong pools will, I imagine, add extra training capacity for national teams in addiiton to Kardinia Aquatics Centre much closer to the Games.

There's a new 50m indoor competition pool under construction at Puckapunyal as part of a huge new complex as we speak (due for completion in 2023). I rather like the idea of secreting away the Aussie team to train there with the security from public, competitors and media gaze. They could easily be housed and catered for at the National Service barracks that underwent a major refurbishment several years ago. They are secured in their own fenced compounds, there's gym facilities on the base and cameras everywhere for their security. The athletes would be housed 8-16 per hut and it would be a great team bonding environment. Of course Puckapunyal has history with this. Its now very dated athletics track was state of the art in 1956 and was used to prepare Australia's track and field team prior to the Melbourne Olympics.

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25 minutes ago, RooBlu said:

There's a new 50m indoor competition pool under construction at Puckapunyal as part of a huge new complex as we speak (due for completion in 2023). I rather like the idea of secreting away the Aussie team to train there with the security from public, competitors and media gaze. They could easily be housed and catered for at the National Service barracks that underwent a major refurbishment several years ago. They are secured in their own fenced compounds, there's gym facilities on the base and cameras everywhere for their security. The athletes would be housed 8-16 per hut and it would be a great team bonding environment. Of course Puckapunyal has history with this. Its now very dated athletics track was state of the art in 1956 and was used to prepare Australia's track and field team prior to the Melbourne Olympics.

Puckapunyal in relation to Victoria 2026 was also mentioned recently but I can’t find where. 

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Took some snaps at Geelong’s sparkling GMHBA Stadium yesterday while at the footy.

Great venue with great facilities.

You can see the construction work on the new grandstand at the city end.

It would be great to see T20 Cricket played at this venue in 2026.

The Closing Ceremony would also be nicely at home here. 

However, Closijng Ceremonies have traditonally been held at the track amd field venues in recent Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Perhaps then the upgraded Mars Stadium in Ballarat might host the Closing?


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