Punt Road Goal A Runaway Success

Punt Road Goal A Runaway Success

Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty

Richmond Football Club CEO Brendon Gale

Richmond Football Club Captain Chris Newman

Season 2010 Coleman Medallist Jack Riewoldt

Minister Takes Tour Of New-Look Tigerland

Victor P Taffa

Richmond Football Club Captain Chris Newman and last year’s Coleman Medallist Jack Riewoldt today gave Sport and Recreation Minister Hugh Delahunty an exclusive tour of their new-look Punt Road home.

Mr. Delahunty said the redevelopment of Tigerland was well underway, providing an exciting new beginning for the Richmond Football Club’s 2011 season.

“I was delighted to take a sneak peak of the new facility today, which will give the Richmond Football Club the facilities needed to keep pace with the demands of modern day footy.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“There are a number of components to this redevelopment project, and it’s fantastic to see the trademark new black and yellow building is open for business.”

VIC Minister for Sport & Recreation Hugh Delahunty

VIC Minister for Sport & Recreation Hugh Delahunty









“What’s more, one of the most important aspects of this redevelopment is the increased community access the soon to be complete Jack Dyer Heritage Stand will feature a community gym and change rooms, as well as the Richmond Football Club Museum.”

“The redevelopment strikes an important balance between supporting our elite sportspeople, while also giving local people access to a new gym where they can lead a more active lifestyle.” Mr. Delahunty said.

The main part of the redevelopment features the new black and yellow building, which houses the football department, the Australian Institute of Indigenous Learning and Skills, a sports hall to be shared with the VRI Fencing Club, a merchandise shop and a function centre.

The Jack Dyer Heritage Stand works will be completed in the coming months and the works to reconfigure the oval will commence following the 2011 AFL season.


Richmond CEO Brendon Gale

Richmond CEO Brendon Gale












Richmond Football Club CEO Brendon Gale said the ME Bank Centre would not only bring the football department to the forefront of facilities in the AFL, but it would also provide important engagement with the local community.

“The construction of this state-of-the-art facility could not have been made possible without the support of the State and Federal Governments.” Mr. Gale said.

The Victorian Government provided $4.5 Million to the project, and other funding partners include the Richmond Football Club ($2.5 Million), City of Melbourne ($2.0 Million), the AFL ($1.5 Million) and the Federal Government ($8.75 Million).