First glimpse of The Home of the Matildas
March 18, 2022
Australia’s much-loved Commonwealth Bank Matildas are one step closer to calling Victoria home, with construction underway at The Home of the Matildas at La Trobe University, Bundoora.
The progress to date marks a key milestone in the three-year journey to build this world-class football facility, servicing both the elite Australian teams and all levels of football in Victoria.
Designs of the Home of the Matildas, within the La Trobe University Sports Park, have today been released, showcasing the premium football destination that will be delivered for Victoria.
Across the next 12 months, stage one of the project will deliver five hybrid, natural and synthetic pitches, with grandstand seating for over 800 spectators and a full capacity in excess of 3,000 around the show pitch.
The main building will encompass a 400sqm gym, extensive sports science zone, elite level recovery/wet area, multiple change rooms including a purpose designed circular Matildas locker room, theatrette, function/meeting spaces and Football Victoria’s administration offices.
Victoria’s Futsal community will hail the construction of a purpose-built Futsal pitch alongside the show pitch, providing the fast-growing indoor version of our game with its own premium arena, within this home of football.
The football community will also enjoy access to the indoor facility for Futsal and all-abilities football programs and competitions.
While the Commonwealth Bank Matildas will enjoy full access to the facility while in camp, the wider football community will reap the benefits of the facility year round, with over 3,500 hours per year dedicated to community bookings.
An ambitious construction schedule is now well underway, ensuring the facility is ready for the Matildas in March 2023, as they prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, The Hon. Martin Pakula, is enthusiastic about the opportunities the La Trobe University Sports Park in Bundoora will deliver for our state.
“This project delivers major benefits for football, rugby, the university and the local community – and it will create 600 jobs during construction.”
Football Victoria President, Antonella Care, celebrated the progress on site.
“Victorian football has waited a long time for a project of this scale, a development that truly matches the lofty ambitions we have for our game.
“We are thrilled to see the first works begin in this landmark precinct, a true home of football in Victoria, which will have a significant impact on the development of the womens’ game and football overall, for decades to come.”
For more information on the project, including a project overview, latest news and renders, visit the new project site at homeofthematildas.com.au
Media release courtesy of Football Victoria
As the Principal Design Consultant, Populous is leading a full design team of various design consultant disciplines and will deliver the design for Architecture, Interior Design and Wayfinding for the Home of the Matildas.