An investigation into the feasibility of transforming a parcel of land in the city's west into a multi-use district sports complex will be undertaken by Maitland City Council.
The push for the investigation, which received unanimous support from councillors, comes after council findings "identified [the] western sector has the lowest provision of sporting grounds and ovals compared to the rest of the LGA".
Maitland mayor Loretta Baker said a new district sports area, which is proposed at Weblands Street Reserve, would provide for the future of the growing region.
"It's smaller site but it's very close to Norman Chapman, schools and shops," she said.
"The west is behind in this sort of infrastructure so it has to be done. It'll be an upgrade of what they've got.
"This is something we really want to get off the ground."
Originally, the former Anambah landfill site was proposed as a potential site for the new sports facility but council investigations found it is unsuitable due to extensive contamination.
The required facilities for a district sports area to meet the need in the west sector include two to three full size Football/Rugby League fields, four netball courts, an amenities build, a place space and car parking.
There could also be provision for cricket to be played in the summer months as it would fit in with the sizes of the planned football fields.
For West Ward councillor Henry Meskaukas, a western sportsground was long overdue.
"I've been waiting a very long time for this to happen. It's slowly coming to be fruitful," Cr Meskaukas said.
"The western suburb has grown so huge and so quick, and it's lacking in sporting facilities."
The investigations will include further contamination and environmental studies, concept design and development of costings for land remediation, design and construction.