Sports Park

Sports Park

Community participation and world-class research

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La Trobe world-class Sports Park

La Trobe University is one of Australia’s foremost higher education providers with aspirations to be the nation’s preferred University for sport teaching and research, and industry collaboration to drive innovation in sport.

The La Trobe Sports Park is an exciting investment by the University which will transform Melbourne’s north to provide a regional sporting precinct that will be able to support major participation sport events, regular grass roots sport competitions and active recreation opportunities for community members.

Located on 60 hectares in the south-west corner of the University’s campus in Bundoora, it will provide a unique environment for sport, active recreation, teaching and research in sport.

In consultation with a large number of stakeholders, designs and infrastructure plans have been approved for the Sports Park, which will feature:

  • A learning hub for national, state and local sport organisations and individuals to access the expertise of the University
  • A unique environment for elite sport programmes and organisations to be supported by some of Australia’s world-class sport, exercise and rehabilitation researchers

\La Trobe University's Sports Park

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the project started late October 2017 and should be completed by late-2018 and will involve:

  • The demolition of the existing pavilion and portion of the main oval (temporary facilities will be established to service baseball and soccer)
  • Construction of a new synthetic football (soccer) pitch
  • Construction of a new main AFL/cricket oval and pavilion
Stage 1 of the Sports Park is well underway with and will include a synthetic football pitch and a natural turf AFL oval with synthetic cricket wicket, both with floodlights. A new pavilion with 9 change rooms to service AFL, cricket and baseball will provide contemporary facilities to support community and elite teams and provide some of the best facilities to support women’s sport in the State. The pavilion also includes dedicated club spaces to support baseball, cricket and football clubs as well as a function room to seat 120 people. The synthetic pitch will be ready in May 2018 and the pavilion and oval from late 2018.

Aerial of the Sports Park

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the La Trobe Sports Park will include the following additional components:

  • World class sport science and analytics research laboratories
  • An education and training centre
  • Dedicated office accommodation for local, state and national sport organisations
  • 6 high ball indoor courts

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Professor Russ Hoye,


What is the timeline for completion?

Stage 1 and 2 will be completed and fully operational for early 2020.

- Stage 1 commenced late October 2017 with completion due the end of 2018.

- Stage 2 commences mid 2018 with completion due late 2019.