Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Anthony Albanese, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings and Member for Franklin Julie Collins along with Cricket Tasmania Chairman Tony Harrison announced the redevelopment of the ground, marking the occasion by turning the first sod.
Cricket Tasmanian Chairman Tony Harrison said today's announcement is a huge step forward for sport in Tasmania.
"The success of the KFC T20 Big Bash League
and the strong support of the North Melbourne AFL matches at Blundstone Arena suggests that the extra capacity is required to meet public demand."
"Increasingly sports fans now demand comfortable seating and protection from the elements.
If we are to cater to the demand and expand the product on the ground we must provide these facilities to enable people to enjoy cricket, football and other events in comfort," Mr Harrison