Labor offers $3m for NRL ground upgrade Sadly not Brookie!!! October 28, 2007 04:51pm FEDERAL Labor has pledged $3 million to help upgrade Leichhardt Oval, the home ground of the Wests Tigers NRL club, in inner-west Sydney if it wins government. The money would go towards increased seating, ground resurfacing and drainage, improved public amenities and catering facilities, and the development of corporate and media facilities. Opposition infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese said the funding would also help mark the centenary of Australia's first rugby league game, played at nearby Birchgrove Oval in 1908. He said Leichhardt was not only the home ground of Wests Tigers NRL club, which incorporates the Balmain Tigers and Wests Magpies, but was used by about 100,000 people annually for other purposes. He said the upgrade would enable the team to play more home games at the ground and provide opportunities for other events. "Leichhardt Oval offers an affordable and accessible option for a wide range of users," Mr Albanese said today. "Labor's support is an appropriate way for us to commemorate Balmain's centenary and to recognise the important role that Balmain and Wests Tigers have played in providing a focus for the local community." The Tigers currently share home games between Leichhardt Oval, nearby Telstra Stadium at Homebush, and Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney's southwest. The NSW Government and Leichhardt Council have already offered financial support for Leichhardt Oval's upgrade program.