Saints come marching home
St Kilda Football Club will return to their spiritual home after seven years, thanks to a $30 million redevelopment of Moorabbin reserve.
The new and improved ground will give the Saints the resources and base they need to return to finals glory, including high-level training and rehabilitation facilities. And in a win for the community, the football club will share the great facility with the South Metro Junior Football League, Southern Football Netball League, Sandringham Dragons and other AFL Victoria staff.
About 15,000 budding footballers will now have a ground they can share with their heroes. The redevelopment also includes administrative facilities, a high-ball indoor training facility and gym, as well as more space to host local functions and events.
The next stage of redevelopment – due for completion later this year – will deliver new community football facilities including player and umpire change rooms, training areas, league administration offices and improved car parking. This means more fans and visitors will flock to Linton Street for open training sessions and VFL matches, boosting the local economy.
The Saint’s men’s team will officially relocate to the new facilities on March 20 – now named RSEA Park - and will be joined by an AFL women's team in 2020.
St Kilda Football Club president Peter Summers said the move was an opportunity to reconnect with the bayside community. "We were blessed with a first-class facility and community support in our time at Seaford, but this venue in Moorabbin holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of St Kilda people,"he said.
‘We believe today marks the beginning of a new era at the football club and an opportunity to reconnect with the Bayside community."
Minister for Sport John Eren said, "Moorabbin is etched in footy folklore – now the Saints and this proud sporting community can begin to write a new chapter at this iconic ground."
Works on Moorabbin Reserve are being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government, St Kilda, the AFL, Kingston City Council and local sporting leagues.
The 2017-18 Victorian Budget will invest $332.8 million to improve sport and recreation infrastructure – from grassroots to high performance – to create more opportunities for Victorians to participate in the sport and recreation activities they love and stay active and healthy.