Cats, Suns to light up Geelong

Written By Unknown on Senin, 22 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Brian Cook (right) gives Sport Minister Kate Lundy, Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman and Federal Member for Corio, Richard Marles MP a tour of the Simonds Stadium redevelopment. Picture: Mike Dugdale Source: Herald Sun

GEELONG will host its first home game under lights when the Cats face Gold Coast on June 1 next season.

The Cats will play up to four night matches at the redeveloped Simonds Stadium which will hold 34,000 fans when the new Players' Stand is completed.

Geelong will play its first 10 matches away from home - and six games outside Victoria - as it waits for construction work to finish. The Cats will then get seven home matches in the final 10-11 rounds.

Geelong chief executive Brian Cook revealed today the Cats hope to unveil a $1.2 million "super screen" scoreboard when the redeveloped stadium makes its debut.

"We're going to have lights here by May 28," Cook told the Cats website.

"For the first time in Geelong's history we're going to have games under lights here in Geelong. We think we'll get three maybe four night games here next year.

"The first game will definitely be against Gold Coast on June 1, a Saturday night, so you've got the Gary Ablett factor, and the Josh Caddy factor now, so it's really exciting."

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Cook said Geelong's long-term stadium vision - which could take 10 years - was for a venue that could hold more than 37,000 fans and host AFL and other sports including soccer, rugby league and rugby union.

But stage four of the stadium redevelopment is set to cost more than the $110 million spent on the first three stages combined.

Cook also weighed into the free agency debate, questioning the need for compensation picks for clubs that lost players.

"I have a principle that we should not necessarily be compensated, as clubs, for losing free agents, but I'm not sure that would be shared by everyone outside," he told the AFL website.

"The rightful compensation for losing a free agent is to get another one back in, really.

"The dollars that you gain by a free agent going off your list is money that should be used to bring someone on. That's the way I'm looking at it."

The Cats swapped free agents with Melbourne, losing Shannon Byrnes and picking up Jared Rivers.

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