Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced Territory company Halikos Pty Ltd as the successful tenderer to design and construct the $25 million Warren Park stadium at Marrara.
“We promised to build a new home for local rugby league at Warren Park and we are delivering on that,” Ms Moss said.
“The project will create over 120 local jobs during construction - which will start in March, and subject to weather conditions, be completed by April 2019 – and deliver an excellent new facility.
“Territorians love watching and playing sport and investing in sporting infrastructure, like this $25 million home of rugby league at Warren Park, is a smart investment and good for the economy.”
Alongside the new $18 million netball stadium and $16 million tennis centre being built at Marrara, Warren Park is a key project under the Territory Labor Government’s record $1.75 billion job-creating infrastructure program.
The concept design has been developed in consultation with NRLNT, NRL, NT Rugby Union, South Darwin Sporting League and associated clubs.
NRL Head of Football, Brian Canavan welcomed today’s announcement and thanked the Minister and Government for their continued commitment to build a new base for rugby league in the Territory.
“Rugby League has a significant and increasing following of players and fans throughout the Territory,” Mr Canavan said.
“The redevelopment of Warren Park will provide additional opportunities to stage more matches on a first-class surface with first-class facilities and that’s a fantastic outcome for our game.”
The facility will include three full-sized fields with one to national standard, a grandstand with 1200 seating capacity, four change-rooms, corporate facilities, food and beverage facilities, car parking, onsite storage for clubs and the flexibility to host other sporting events requiring a rectangular field, such as rugby union and soccer. The NRLNT’s offices will also be located there.
“In stark contrast to the former chaotic CLP Government, we have listened to NRLNT and will deliver what they need to allow for the future growth of the game, particularly for kids and women, including space for additional fields and ample parking,” Ms Moss said.
“The new home for local rugby league at Warren Park will cater for all of this. It has been designed with kids, women and families in mind. It will allow NRLNT’s junior development programs to flourish and produce the stars of the future.”
Temporary grandstands can be placed along the eastern side of the first field to further increase seating capacity when required.
Warren Park will meet the standards for national tier two games (currently the Queensland and NSW Cup competitions) and will be able to host other sporting code fixtures or events with capacity of 4000-6000.
TIO Stadium, with a capacity of 13,500, will continue to host major events such as NRL and AFL home and away matches.