Mitchelton FC officially opened its new $1.5 million synthetic pitch at Teralba Park over the weekend.
Football Queensland (FQ), Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Tim Mander MP and Cr Tracy Davis were in attendance for the club’s official opening of the Tom Jones Fields on Saturday, 13 July.
The official opening came after several years of planning by the club, and following funding and assistance provided by both Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government.
Mitchelton FC President Bryan Cook said the synthetic pitch would benefit all members of the club.
“You could play a FIFA World Cup match on this pitch, and our club members, from ages 3 to 70, get to experience that standard,” Cook said.
“This is the latest technology with road base, a plastic waffle drainage layer, a foam shock pad, and then the grass, meaning it’s surprisingly springy and almost certainly softer than our usual Brisbane winter grass pitches.”
FQ CEO Richard Griffiths and FQ General Manager – Operations, Compliance & Game Development Murray Bird joined club members and the Jones family to celebrate the opening of the club’s new international standard synthetic pitch, which can be used in all weather (other than during lightning and torrential rain) for up to 75 hours a week.
“Football Queensland thanks the Brisbane City Council and State Government for their generous support of our code through assistance with provision of facilities like this,” Bird said.
“Mitchelton is one of the proudest and oldest clubs in Queensland.
“We congratulate them on taking another step forward with the development of this magnificent new facility.”