The grass has been laid, the grandstand completed and the lights are about to fire up at Maitland’s Number 1 Sportsground.
While there’s still no official date for the hand-over of the refurbished Maitland Pickers’ homeground, the construction team behind the refurbishment are putting the final touches on the new facility.
The work, which began last year, involved the demolition of the old grandstand at the Maitland Pickers’ home ground and the construction of a new 1000-seat stand. The original grandstand was built in the 1930s.
The new structure has improved access, new facilities and a better view of the playing field. Renewed facilities will include change rooms, public amenities and a canteen designed to cater for a range of sporting and community events.
Fairfax Media reported last year that the major upgrades were jointly funded by the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund and Maitland City Council. The HIIF has made a $5.6 million contribution towards the $8.6 million project.