Basically it’s facilities, however you might want that to look. Typically all of your training and admin needs brought together in one location, all modernised. Considering Concord Oval is over 40 years old, it tells you a lot about what can be done to revamp the site.
I played Western Suburbs Juniors rugby league on Concord Oval in 1957 and it was there during my High School years from 1951 to 1956. It was a great surface to play on in those days.
But the most recent facilities development was mid-80s right? Except maybe when Uncle Harry paid for a kitchen to be put in. I don’t think the surface is under any question in these developments.
According to the Canada Bay website “Concord oval was redeveloped in 1985 as a match venue for the 1987 Rugby World Cup. The upgrade included the construction of the Eastern & Western grandstands incorporating training and spectator facilities.
While the playing surface is still well utilised by local sporting clubs, the associated spectator facilities are underutilised and somewhat redundant since the construction of large game venues like Stadium Australia (Homebush), Sydney Football Stadium (Moore Park) and the current redevelopment of Parramatta Stadium.
Condition Asset Audits commissioned by Council in 2011 confirm that the existing structures will continue to deteriorate without significant capital investment.”
This is what happened the last time someone developed Concord Oval….