McDonald Jones Stadium receives pitch upgrade
Monday 14 October 2019 11:05am
McDonald Jones Stadium is receiving a major pitch upgrade thanks to a $1.4 million investment from Venues NSW that will ensure the regional sporting venue can continue to host major sporting events into the future.
The Hon. Taylor Martin, MLC said the investment from Venues NSW, the entity which oversees McDonald Jones Stadium on behalf of the NSW Government, is a big win for the Hunter region.
“This is a great result for not only the stadium’s anchor tenants – the Newcastle Jets and Newcastle Knights – but also for the Hunter region’s sports fans,” Mr Martin said.
“McDonald Jones Stadium has hosted some great sporting events in recent years and upgrading the playing surface will mean we can attract more high-quality events to the Hunter region.”
The pitch upgrade maintains the international profile of McDonald Jones Stadium which in recent years has hosted the AFC Asian Cup finals, an Australia v New Zealand rugby league test match, two Westfield Matilda’s internationals and will see the NSW Waratahs take on the Auckland Blues in March 2020.
Venues NSW CEO, Paul Doorn said: “The new world class playing surface, Evergreen Matrix Instant Play Turf, brings McDonald Jones Stadium in line with both ANZ Stadium and Bankwest Stadium.”
“The Stadium is used year-round so the construction team has done an excellent job to fit this project within the very narrow window of time between the end of the Knights’ season and the first Jets home game.
“The old turf will now be re-distributed to other sporting organisations in the region including the nearby Broadmeadow Magic FC and Stevenson Park.”
Newcastle Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna said: “It’s great news that Venues NSW are relaying the turf at McDonald Jones Stadium and we can’t wait to get back out there against Adelaide United on Saturday 26 October.”
MJH Group Marketing Manager, Nathan Thurston said: “The commitment from Venues NSW to returf McDonald Jones Stadium further enhances its reputation as Australia's leading regional sporting venue.”