The redevelopment of Punt Road Oval, and the establishment of the William Cooper Centre, is critical to the future of the Richmond Football Club.
It will strengthen the Club’s capacity to deliver on-field success across its men’s and women’s programs, further deepen our community engagement and create a welcoming environment for our members and supporters.
Most importantly, it will ensure Richmond remains in Richmond. It will provide a centre of excellence for our two elite football programs and the Club’s 150 staff.
Punt Road Oval has been the home of Richmond for more than 135 years – this redevelopment will ensure that remains the case long into the future.
The redevelopment will deliver enormous benefit to Richmond and the broader community.
- Equitable, state-of-the-art facilities for our women’s program
- Further enhanced facilities for our men’s program
- Punt Road Oval will be re-sized to the same dimensions as the MCG
- The redevelopment will comfortably accommodate 8,000 spectators
- An improved education space for the Korin Gamadji Institute
- A home to the Bachar Houli Foundation
- Quality classroom space for the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School
- Underground car parking
- Enhanced and useable Yarra Park space for community use
Broad plans have been lodged with Heritage Victoria and the final part of the Planning Process – which includes community consultation – will be completed early in the New Year.
The cost of the project is $65 million. $30 million has been secured thanks to the generous support of the Federal and State governments and the Club will shortly ramp up its fundraising efforts through the Fighting Tiger Fund to secure the balance.
This redevelopment will underpin a strong and bold future for Richmond.
A replay of the live stream from the Club's Community Information night held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 is available in the video player below.
The Club's presentation from the evening can also be downloaded here.