06/09/2013 - 14:08

West Coast to rip up Subiaco roots

06/09/2013 - 14:08

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West Coast to rip up Subiaco roots
West Coast Eagles chairman Alan Cransberg.

The West Coast Eagles have announced plans to move from the team's traditional Subiaco home to Lathlain Park.

West Coast today unveiled a proposal to build a $50 million training and administration facility at Lathlain Park, under a Heads of Agreement signed with the Town of Victoria Park.

The HOA includes a 99-year lease on the property, and West Coast will also build a cafe and merchandise outlet at the site.

Two training ovals will be constructed at the ground, one to replicate the dimensions of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the other to be the same size as the new stadium at Burswood, which is expected to be complete by 2018.

There will also be a synthetic running track installed around the boundary of one of the ovals.

As well as the grassed training areas, the plans include a gymnasium, a swimming pool, medical, coaching and player development facilities.

The headquarters will also provide a new home for not-for-profit organisation The David Wirrpanda Foundation.

The Eagles hope to move into the new centre by 2017.

Chief executive Trevor Nisbett said the move to Lathlain Park would give Eagles players the best opportunity to perform at their peak.

"It was clear to my board that if the club is to build on its reputation of success, then we needed to provide our club with facilities that match or better successful clubs from the eastern states," Mr Nisbett said.

"Remaining at Patersons Stadium was one of the options explored, but, among other benefits, the opportunity to create two ovals for training purposes – a key element of the Lathlain Park facility – was not possible at that site.

"Importantly, as part of this new project, the club will build its long-awaited supporters' centre, providing access and comfort for our passionate members and fans for training sessions and community events.

West Coast chairman Alan Cransberg said the announcement was the culmination of meany years of work.

"Much research and study of best-practice facilities around Australia and the world was undertaken, along with a comprehensive site identification process," Mr Cransberg said in a statement.

"We have had extensive formal negotiations with the Town of Victoria Park over recent months, and this has led to the signing of the HOA today".

 

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