Eureka Stadium is getting an up to $150 million upgrade as part of preparations for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.
The stadium will be expanded to hold an additional 5,000 permanent seats, with improved accessibility access. A new athletics track will also be built at the site.
Speaking of the project, Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan said, “We’re investing in Eureka Stadium to ensure it’s a world-class venue not just for Victoria 2026 but for decades to come.”
An additional 18,000 temporary seats and a competition standard track on the existing playing field will be installed for the Games.
Eureka Stadium will be host to the Athletics and Para Athletics, Marathon and Boxing. Mountain Bike (MTB) Racing will be staged within the 60-kilometres of trails in Creswick.
Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips added, “Mountain Bike will once again feature at the 2026 Commonwealth Games, and there is no better home than Creswick. Its extensive range of trails make it one of the best stages in the world.”
The Games village location has also been locked in at the Ballarat Saleyards and will host around 1,800 athletes and officials.
The village will be designed in consultation with the local community and Traditional Owners, celebrating the rich culture of the Wadawurrung people and Ballarat’s attractions, experiences and people.
The Victorian Government is also investing $50 million to upgrade Ballarat’s train station paying homage to its history, with passenger lifts on both platforms and a connecting pedestrian overpass, so spectators of all abilities can enjoy Victoria 2026.
Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison commented, “A Games village that will deliver a legacy of housing, a $50 million investment at Ballarat Station for accessibility and the marathon being held here – this is a great day for Ballarat.”