The construction of the stadium complex to replace old asphalt courts and “shed” led to excision of parkland and pay for use facilities.
1999 Stadium Protest and Blockade
A big issue with the original proposal was the installation of light towers for the hockey fields. This was cause for concern due to the effect of lighting on people and fauna – see article by Dr Barry Clark.
This issue was taken up by the trade unions involved – see article from North Melb News.