Melbourne City FC Break Ground On Construction Of New Home
elbourne City FC have announced the commencement of construction on their new home base located in south east Melbourne, dubbed Etihad City Football Academy Melbourne.
Coming off the back of a premiership double in the 2020-21 A-League season, the first stage of construction is expected to be finished by the end of 2021.
The second stage of construction will include development of a two-story administration and high-performance building with completion estimated for mid-2022.
The move was announced in December 2020 with Melbourne City facilities currently located in Bundoora.
On the commencement of construction, Melbourne City chief executive, Brad Rowse, said: “This has been a momentous season for Melbourne City FC starting with the announcement of our move to south-east Melbourne and right up until last weekend’s grand final win.”
“The welcome we have received in the south-east has been extraordinary, and we cannot wait to see the Etihad City Football Academy come to life,” he said.
City of Casey chair of administrators, Noelene Duff PSM, said: “The commencement… at Casey Fields is another exciting milestone in this wonderful partnership that is developing between the City of Casey and Melbourne City Football Club.”
“The December announcement of Melbourne City’s move to south-east Melbourne was met with great enthusiasm in our community, and to now see signs of life in the development of the next stage of what will be a truly world class facility will only increase that level of excitement.
“The impending move of some of Australia’s best footballers, coaches and sporting administrators will be a wonderful addition to our community, providing positive role models and engagement opportunities on many levels,” she said.