By: Philippe Coquerand, National Reporter
The facility costing government and council officials $109 million dollars is set to open in February, just before the AFL season kicks off. The project began in 2015 is almost complete.
The Fremantle Football Club is planning on relocating to the venue at the start of the 2017 season.
It is the largest combined community club facility of its kind in Australia.
It is predicted that there will be over one million visitations expected annually to the facility with the City of Cockburn having already sold in excess of over 1000 foundation memberships.
Premier Colin Barnett said he was optimistic this would take the Dockers to a new level.
“This will be incredibly popular within the community and I believe it will take the Dockers to a new level.”
“I think members in the community when they come here will revel in the sports facilities,” said Mr Barnett.
The facility will include an indoor 25 metre heated pool and 50 metre outside pool. There will also be a community warm water therapy with a spa and sauna. Change facilities catering for families and school groups. A six court multi-functional indoor training stadium that will include basketball, netball and badminton. A café will be supplied as well.
Fremantle Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich said the team is looking forward to moving into the new facilities.
“The vision is almost a reality. We’re really excited about the prospect of moving in here in just a few weeks before the 2017 season.”
The Dockers Training facility will also include a lecture theater, containing 140 seats to be used by the FFC and the community. It will also have three times the size of the existing medical facilities at Fremantle Oval that can treat up to 18 players in one time.
The playing oval is approximately 175cm long by 141m wide. This will be the first time for any AFL Club to be able to convert their main training oval to other field dimensions.
The new training facilities should be open in the coming weeks ahead of the first game against Geelong.
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