The brand new Castlefield Reserve Pavilion was officially opened on Saturday 16 February, completing the full redevelopment of the Hampton Rovers’ second home ground.
Bayside City Mayor Cr Michael Heffernan unveiled a plaque and Hampton Rovers President Gary Nash also spoke at the official opening.
The complete rebuild is larger than the old pavilion and includes two female-friendly change rooms, all abilities access, kitchen with kiosk facilities, first aid room, public toilet and raised spectator shelter. It follows the resurfacing and installation of new lights in recent years, completing a fantastic facility for the club.
In 2019, the Hampton Rovers senior women’s team will train and play at the venue, while some Thirds matches are expected to be played there and of course it’ll be jam-packed with Rovers junior teams.
The Mayor, Cr Michael Heffernan said at the opening:
“The original pavilion was built in 1965 and did not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, nor did it cater for all genders.
“With the pleasing growth of women and girls’ participation in sport, Bayside is committed to making sure our facilities are inclusive and compliant.
“The renewal of this pavilion caters for the increased participation in structured sports for all gender and individuals with mobility issues in a playing or officiating capacity,” said Cr Heffernan.
The upgraded facility was designed by Greenway Hirst Page Pty Ltd and Kister Architects and built by Bowden Corporation Pty Ltd.
The total cost of upgrading this pavilion was $1.5 million. It was delivered at the end of November 2018 and has been well received by summer tenant Hampton Cricket Club.
The club continues to work with the Bayside City Council regarding the upgrade of the Wright-Scarlett Pavilion upgrade at Boss James Reserve and hope to report some positive news on this in the coming months.
Player registrations for both the seniors and juniors are now open for the 2019 footy season – see website for details.