The Greater South East Melbourne (GSEM) organisation has welcomed today’s (15 December 2020) announcement of the relocation of Melbourne City FC to the region.
GSEM said the club’s move to Casey Fields creates the perfect opportunity to construct a new purpose-built sports and entertainment venue in the southeast.
“The relocation is a win for sports fans, for Melbourne City FC and for the greater southeast Melbourne region,” GSEM Chair Simon McKeon said.
“What we need now is a purpose-built venue for use by Melbourne City FC, other elite sporting codes and for entertainment,” Mr McKeon said.
“The venue would be a multipurpose sport, community, cultural and entertainment venue catering for elite sporting competitions, major events, concerts, festivals, community events and corporate functions,” Mr McKeon said
“It would have easy access to transport options and finally provide an elite sporting venue for sports and entertainment fans among the 1.5 million residents of the greater southeast Melbourne region.”
The new rectangular sports and entertainment venue should be located next to the Dandenong train station, which would provide easy access to three train lines (Pakenham, Cranbourne and Bairnsdale), three major road arterials (Eastlink, Monash Freeway and South Gippsland Highway), bus routes and more than 4,400 vehicle parking spaces.
The A-League and W-League club’s transition to the City of Casey, and the subsequent development of a world class training and administration facility, will boost the status of Casey Fields as one of Greater South East Melbourne’s – and Victoria’s – most outstanding sporting precincts, Mr McKeon said.