WESTS League Club has unveiled the first images of a 700-seat grandstand that will form the centrepiece of its new Scully Park No.2 development.
Building is expected to begin within three months on the new Scully Park Sporting Precinct, which the club claims will include better facilities and a superior playing surface to Scully Park No.1.
The development’s crowning jewel, a $1 million grandstand, will boast four corporate boxes, dressing rooms, a referees and officials room, a medical room, a media box, bar and canteen.
The release of an artist’s impression of the new grandstand comes as debate rages over the club’s controversial plan to build a 54-room motel on the historic Scully Park No.1 oval.
Wests’ CEO Rod Laing said a development application for the grandstand would be lodged in the next week and the ground was expected to be ready for the 2015 season.
A hill will be built on the eastern side of the field, opposite the grandstand, and state-of-the-art, LED lights will be erected around the ground.
“This will be a spectacular venue capable of hosting elite sport and local sport,” Mr Laing said.
“The ground will have an all-weather surface and be a far superior surface to what’s on Scully No.1.
“We’re taking this whole facility beyond its current standard and up to stadium standard.
“The closest grounds to this standard around are Mudgee and Coffs Harbour.”
He said the grandstand would be named in honour of one of the driving forces behind Scully Park No.1 but would not divulge any more details.
The grandstand will be built first, followed by the hill and the ground upgrade.
Mr Laing said the project had the support of Country Rugby League and was hopeful it would lift the profile of rugby league in the city.
“The attendances at the moment are well and truly below par ... between 100 and 200 people at most games,” Mr Laing said.
Tamworth Regional Council is expected to approve a 25-year lease of Scully Park No.2, which is on council-owned land, in the coming days.
The Save Our Scully (SOS) alliance has been formed to stop the destruction of Scully Park No.1, which it claims would result in the loss of an important green space in the city.