New-look Maitland Sportsground officially opened

The revamped Maitland Sportsground will help put the region in the minds of major event organisers, Mayor Peter Blackmore says.

Upgrades as part of the $8.6 million redevelopment include a new 1100-seat grandstand, two large change rooms that can be partitioned to make four rooms, high quality public amenities and a new canteen – as well as a fresh playing surface.

NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts was on hand to officially open the new-look sportsground on Wednesday afternoon, along with more than 20 stakeholders and community members.

Cr Blackmore said he hoped the sportsground – home to the Maitland Pickers – would put Maitland in the conversation when major sporting event organisers were choosing a location.

Cr Brian Burke, who played about 250 first grade games for the Pickers in the 1960s and 1970s, said the facility would be an asset for the entire city – not just for the rugby league community.

“It’s just a magnificent facility,” he said.

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