Melbourne Storm today hailed the Victorian Government�s decision to upgrade the Melbourne Olympic Park precinct to include a new rectangular stadium as a "a major breakthrough for the development of the code in Victoria". The excitement follows the announcement today by the Premier of Victoria, Mr Steve Bracks, that a master plan will be developed for the Melbourne Olympic Park precinct.
Storm CEO Brian Waldron today confirmed that Melbourne Storm has signed the memorandum of understanding with MOPT to be a tenant at the new stadium where it will set up its new football and administrative head quarters.
Waldron said �this is the most substantial initiative in the history of rugby league�s development in Victoria�.
�It is magnificent news for rugby league fans, players and sponsors and means that any young kid who loves the game will be able to pull on a rugby league jersey in Victoria and know that they have a future right here in Australia�s sporting capital,� said Waldron.
�The package announced today will boost every level of the game from kids games to the Kangaroos,� said Waldron.
Mr Waldron was commenting on a package of initiatives agreed to between the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Olympic Park Trust which will make Melbourne Storm�s new home one of the best stadiums in the world.
�We anticipate the new stadium will be state-of-the-art and provide the best possible conditions for rugby league. It will be ready in 2008 and provide fantastic facilities for corporate sponsors and supporters alike,� Waldron said.
Mr Waldron said he was confident the Melbourne Storm would repay the Government�s confidence in its investment.
�The club has shown that from a modest start and limited resources it can achieve a lot on and off the field. In just seven seasons the Storm has won the premiership once and made the finals series five times,� he said.
�There is a big audience for league in Melbourne; the year we won the premiership 600,000 Melburnians watched the game on TV and even this year, when we didn�t make the grand final, almost 400,000 tuned in.
�The new stadium will give us renewed impetus and the Storm, along with the NRL and the ARL, are committed to cementing a strong place for league in Melbourne as the city�s other major football code,� Waldron said.