Villanova’s sports fields are fondly known as Villanova Park, or ‘Villa Park’, and consist of seven playing fields on Manly Road, Tingalpa. Villa Park has long been held as one of, if not the gathering place for generations of Villanovans. This beautiful green space is where the importance of teamwork and mateship are learned and where values such as tenacity, integrity and determination emerge – traits so vital in the development of well-rounded young men.
The new western grandstand – a necessity after the original Cor Unum centre was destroyed by fire in 2017 – is scheduled for completion in 2019 and will mark the first stage of Villa Park’s redevelopment. The new grandstand includes an outdoor function area, canteen, medical room, two change rooms, and seating for 400 guests. This significantly enhanced grandstand has been funded in part by the College Building Fund, Maintenance Levy and insurance disbursement. Consequently, there is a vital need to replenish College funds in readiness for the next stage of redevelopment at Villa Park, culminating in the comprehensive replacement of the Cor Unum facility.
To accommodate future generations of students and supporters of Villanova, Villa Park will eventually be transformed into an enviable new precinct (please see the conceptual design below). The precinct’s hub will feature a cultural, sporting and event facility with an enhanced main entrance, new public amenities, and increased parking and bus set down areas to improve traffic flow. A better connection between the lower and upper fields with improved grounds storage facilities will complete this stage of the re-imagination.
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