About the sports park project
La Trobe’s $150 million Sports Park development is a world-class facility for teaching, research, community participation and elite sport, and is a key component of the University’s ambitious $5 billion plan to transform its Melbourne Campus in Bundoora into a University City of the Future.
The La Trobe Sports Park will be a major regional sporting asset for the local community, bringing national, state and local sports organisations to Melbourne’s north.
The Sports Park will house a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility, an elite performance space and world-class sporting facilities to support major sports events, regular grass-roots competitions and community recreation opportunities for up to 10,000 local community members per week.
The Sports Park is a hub for professional sports franchises and visiting elite sports teams. Find out more about La Trobe University's partnerships with leading international, national and local sport organisations.
Key features and project stages
Stage 1 was completed in December 2018 and included the following new facilities to complement our existing lower playing field and baseball diamond;
- FIFA-1 accredited synthetic football (soccer) pitch
- AFL oval
- Pavilion with club rooms, change rooms and a multi-purpose function room with capacity to seat 132 people
These facilities are now available for booking - visit La Trobe Sport to find out more.
Stage 2 is expected to be complete by January 2020. This stage includes:
- Teaching and research building (designed with 5-star Green Star rating), including world-class sport science and analytics research laboratories
- An indoor stadium, complete with six, multi-purpose highball courts
- Office space for commercial tenants
Sports park facts
Synthetic football (soccer) pitch
- The pitch is FIFA-1 standard and accredited
- 4,000 tonnes of recycled crushed concrete form the base
- 50,000 tonnes of recycled tyres make up the infill
- 200 tonnes of recycled running shoes were used in the underlay
- 2.5km of synthetic turf was laid for the pitch – this would take you from sea level to the top of Mt Kosciuszko
- The oval is larger than Marvel Stadium
- There is over 4km of subsurface drainage pipework beneath the oval
- The oval light level is above 350 lumens, equivalent to daylight brightness
- 13,000 cubic metres of soil was moved to make the oval
- 19km of Australian grown grass was laid – almost a half marathon’s worth of turf
- The Pavilion has nine gender neutral change rooms which can accommodate 280 people – equivalent to 10 AFL teams at once
- The Pavilion balcony has 360-degree views
- Three of the high-ball indoor courts can be reconfigured to create a show court facility with seating for 2250 spectators
- The Lower Playing Fields can be configured for four soccer fields or two cricket ovals