MEDIA RELEASE: Zed Seselja Wins Funding for Viking Park

A re-elected Morrison Government will provide $15 million for the redevelopment of Viking Park, Senator Zed Seselja announced today.

The commitment comes after Senator Seselja advocated for the upgrade and for more suburban options for Canberra’s sporting teams.

The proposed upgrade, which would be co-funded by the Canberra Vikings Club, will transform Viking Park from a 1000-seat single grandstand park to a state-of-the-art boutique suburban stadium capable of seating up to 10,000 people with more capacity on the hill areas.

“Viking Park has long been a staple in Canberra’s sporting infrastructure and this upgrade will establish it as a first-class suburban stadium, equipped for mid-sized local and national events alike,” Senator Seselja said.

“This project is also a win for women’s sport, with the proposed upgrade including plans for women’s changerooms and facilities, giving more options for both women’s professional teams and local competitions.”

“I’m looking forward to watching local footy matches played here, national matches, with the potential to see Super Rugby and A-League games here down the track too.”

CEO of the Vikings Group Anthony Hill welcomed the funding commitment.

“It is important to the Vikings Group that we are in the position to offer facilities that reflect the quality of sport we can showcase here in Tuggeranong.  With teams such as Vikings Rugby, Brumbies Super W, the Matildas and Canberra United using these facilities, it’s only right that the stadium and surrounding grounds receive the attention they deserve,” Mr Hill said

“The Vikings Group supports more than 50 local sporting clubs and an upgrade to Viking Park will also enhance its role as the beating heart of sport in the Tuggeranong Valley.”

This commitment comes after $11.4m was secured pre-election to address AIS Arena’s safety issues and reopen it for indoor sporting and community events, along with the Commonwealth Government’s $2.1 billion in infrastructure spending in the ACT in recent years – the most in a generation.

“Cities like Canberra need a range of indoor and outdoor stadium options, and given the ACT Labor-Greens Government continue to prioritise their pet projects over Canberra’s sporting infrastructure, I’m glad to have successfully fought to have the Commonwealth step in where they will not,” Senator Seselja concluded.

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Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja
Liberal Senator for the ACT