Labor pledges federal funding for GMHBA Stadium redevelopment

Labor has committed $20 million to assist with the final stage of the redevelopment of GMHBA Stadium in Geelong should it win the federal election.

The Kardinia Park Stadium Trust has already received a funding commitment of $102 million from the state Labor government to build stage five of the stadium redevelopment, which is scheduled to begin after the Women's Cricket World Cup finishes in 2020.

Geelong CEO Brian Cook.Credit:John Woudstra

The $20 million will assist with plans that are understood to have been costed at between $100-140 million and will lift the stadium capacity to 40,000, which will add strength to the Cats' argument they should play a home final at the stadium if they qualify for one.

Geelong CEO Brian Cook has driven the redevelopment of the stadium during his time at the Cats, which is now considered the country's best regional stadium, hosting Geelong for nine home games a season as well as Big Bash games and the A-League's new Western United franchise.

Cook welcomed the announcement from Labor, which is in a fierce battle for the marginal seat of Corangamite in the region.

"As major and anchor tenant we thank the federal Labor party for the $20 million election commitment to ensure completion of stage five of the GMHBA Stadium master plan," Cook said.

The stage five revedelopment will focus on the stadium's northern end, with expanded facilities for cricket and women's sport expected to be part of the plans.

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