By Great Bailey
Spectators are upset by a lack of seating at a new multimillion dollar sporting facility at Murdoch University’s South Street Campus.
The facility cost more than $5m to build.
It was a collaborative partnership between the State Government, the City of Melville and the university. The aim was to accommodate more sporting teams and games around the community.
The project included two synthetic football (soccer) pitches, new changing rooms, an integrated synthetic cricket pitch, floodlights, spectator seating and general landscaping.
The facility has already started hosting different games and training on the two synthetic pitches. Up to six games were played there last weekend, but spectators had to stand as the seating hasn’t been installed.
Spectator Greg Henderson says it’s difficult to watch a full game while standing.
“One would expect to have somewhere to sit and watch the game,” says Henderson.
“Not very many people can watch a complete full game while standing, especially the age people who can’t stand for a longer period,” he says.
Another spectator Aliu Kamar says it’s a hassle having to bring his own chair from home every time he comes to watch the games.
“Some of the games go for more than an hour. I am sure having seat here will bring more audience to the games,” says Kamar.
According to a Murdoch University spokesman the project still has a way to go.
“The construction works for the new changing rooms and Kiosk are almost complete.
“After which the spectators seating construction will follow,” says Property Portfolio Manager Richard Kendall
“The university is looking forward to the community having access to the changing rooms and spectators’ facilities later this year,” he says.