The Victorian town of Ballarat is line to host two regular season AFL matches in 2018.
Ballarat’s redeveloped Eureka Stadium hosts its first Premiership game in round 22 next year when the Western Bulldogs play Port Adelaide.
It is a part of a tie up between the Western Bulldogs and the Ballarat City Council. Back in 2015, the Bulldogs committed to a five year partnership promising to take AFL Premiership fixtures, pre-season games and community programs to Ballarat and surrounding regions.
Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh told afl.com.au that the $31.5 million redeveloped stadium will hold more than one match after 2017.
“The stadium will host two premiership games in 2018, we are all so looking at hosting pre-season games as well as the potential for AFLW games in the 2018 season,” McIntosh said.
Construction of a 5,000-seat undercover grandstand is due to be completed before the stadium hosts next year’s Bulldogs-Port Adelaide clash.
A 50sqm video scoreboard will also be erected at the stadium.
“The cost of the video scoreboard has been met by the state government as part of its funding commitment to upgrade the ground to AFL standard, and the video scoreboard will be installed early next year,” McIntosh added.