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Manly Sea Eagles to expand Brookvale Oval with new 4000-seat grandstand

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyArmy, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. ManlyArmy

    ManlyArmy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    HERE is the proof Manly have no plans to walk away from Brookvale Oval.



    The Daily Telegraph can reveal an artist’s impression for a new grandstand — to seat between 3000 and 4000 fans — on the eastern side of the dilapidated yet famous footy venue.

    Manly management believe the stand, which fans have been waiting 20 years for, will be finished for the start of rugby league’s 2018 season.

    It will come as welcome news to fans worried their club may move games to Allianz Stadium, ANZ Stadium or Central Coast Stadium.

    The new stand will be constructed between the two 20-metre lines. Brookie’s well-known hill will remain either side of the stand and at the northern end of the ground.

    Building is planned to start in September either next season or in 2017 and be ready for kick-off in 2018, at the latest. Manly may ask the NRL to play a few away matches early in the season to ensure construction is complete.

    Brookvale has seating for just 3900 fans and only 2200 of those are under cover. The new stand could double the seating capacity.

    Manly have been in top-level talks about the stand with the State Government and Warringah Council. The club has no doubt a new grandstand would further boost their thriving membership numbers.

    The cost of the stand has not yet been finalised but $10 million will come from a Federal Government grant. Manly still harbour plans for a completely new stadium when additional funds become available. This new stand has been dubbed “stage one”.

    We are 100 per cent committed to Brookvale Oval and we want to demonstrate that by actually starting with this development,” Manly CEO Joe Kelly told The Daily Telegraph.


    “We have never had any other plans than being at Brookie. I’d like to think this will allay any fears for fans and members.

    “Brookvale Oval is our spiritual home and ‘The Fortress’ gives us a competitive advantage, no doubt. Both our owners, the Penn family, and the club, remain 100 per cent committed to Brookvale Oval now and long-term.

    “We have never had another plan and any suggestion to the contrary is totally false.

    “Our vision of a fully undercover stadia still remains, however our strategy is now focused on realising what is achievable in the shorter term. We plan to phase the bigger vision over time when more funding becomes available.

    “Redevelopment plans for Brookvale Oval go back at least two decades and it is time that we made progress. Based on our discussions with Government, including the $10m Federal Government commitment, we are confident that we can achieve stage one by season 2018, at the latest.”

    The only sad aspect of a new stand would be losing 60 metres of the old family hill.

    “We are conscious of the atmosphere that comes with having the hill — there’s probably no better place to watch footy on a sunny Sunday afternoon,” Kelly said. “But we also have to cater for our families to ensure they are well looked after and under cover.”

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp... dailytelegraphnrlndm (Daily Telegraph | NRL)
     
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  2. ManlyArmy

    ManlyArmy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  3. cherry_poppins

    cherry_poppins Well-Known Member

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    Well there goes my spot which is under the wood sign
     
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  4. HoldenV8

    HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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    There have been more plans for Brookie than there were for the D-Day invasion.

    One day one of them might actually be on the mark.......
     
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  5. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The 'Geoff Toovey Stand' has a nice ring to it.
    How about it Scotty?
     
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  6. manlywarringah

    manlywarringah Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This is the first realistic plan they've had for years. This may just get off the ground

    It seems they are designing it to be able to add to it as more funding comes.

    Thumbs up for me. I think I'll stay in the Jane Try but there would HAVE to be more legroom in the new stand which makes it tempting to move across.

    Sun in your eyes on a sunny day would be the downside.

    Hope it comes off.
     
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  7. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Well that should accommodate Zorbie after a big off season.
     
  8. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Stop picking on Pizza Pizzas.
     
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  9. Lyonstomenzies

    Lyonstomenzies Well-Known Member

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    What about a Zorba stand? Fridges and mobile phones under every seat.
     
  10. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    But … the beer shed… Nooooooo!!

    (But good news, really)
     
  11. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    With extra wide seats
     
  12. Brookie Brawler

    Brookie Brawler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Doubt there will be any day games left by 2018.

    Based on newer stands at other venues and even Gosford I would be surprised if there was more leg room.
     
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  13. GoldenEagle41

    GoldenEagle41 Active Member

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    and plenty of good sorts
     
  14. Eric Galt

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    With the mob in charge at the the moment the new stand will probably be named either the John Hopoate Stand, the Scott Fulton Stand or the Scott Penn Stand.
     
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  15. KOMORI

    KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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    Well I think he's been reading your posts Bones!

    Keep an eye out for well tailored hit men won't ya ;)
     
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  16. MWSE

    MWSE Well-Known Member

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    Looks like another piecemeal attempt to fix a problem that requires a whole lot more leg work than that. Not the way to go, a waste of cash IMHO.
     
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  17. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Terry Hill Stand.
    He's the only mate of fultons without a gig so far so maybe they'll dedicate it to him. They can open a seafood booth in it. The lobster should be pretty cheap.
     
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  18. HoldenV8

    HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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    If this turns out to be just another pie in the sky idea they could call it the Zorba Stand :p
     
  19. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    And yeeros & souvlaki.
     
  20. DUFFMAN

    DUFFMAN Active Member

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    So who is getting punted tomorrow, Release this story and in the last paragraph XXXXXX has left the club.
     

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