New surface for footballing codes at Rocky's Rugby Park
FOOTBALL: It is all systems go at Rockhampton's Rugby Park with the 2013 footy season about to kick off.
A much-needed upgrade, including the laying of new turf, at the venue which Central Queensland Football Club and the CQ Rugby Union will share commenced yesterday with work to be completed in time for the start of their respective seasons.
The CQFC Energy is gearing up to make their debut in the inaugural National Premier League against the Sunshine Coast Fire at Rugby Park on March 9, while CQRU club rugby kicks off in early April.
CQFC marketing manager Cecilia Thompson said it was a very exciting time for the club.
"We (the board) are extremely busy getting organised; it's not business critical but we are still looking for a front-of-jersey sponsor and a business who will take on the naming rights for Rugby Park," she said.
"It is an amazing opportunity for a business. We are hoping Rugby Park will be renamed by the time we start the season."
A grader arrived at Rugby Park yesterday - a bit later than CQFC and CQRU had anticipated.
Work on the main field was supposed to begin in early December.
However, the upgrade was finally approved by council in mid-December so the project was delayed until after Christmas.
Just when it was about to start again, the floods caused more disruption.
"It's great to see the turf being laid. We managed to work through it despite the disruptions," Thompson said.
After the removal of grass yesterday, sand was due to arrive at Rugby Park today and will be laser-levelled before the turf is laid tomorrow.
The CQRU borrowed the $40,000 it cost to upgrade the field at Rugby Park and CQRU development and educational coordinator Brian Auld said they hoped to get the money back in sponsorship.
"Regardless of the cost, the park needed some maintenance as it has been under water three times in two years," Auld said.
"It was under water for three weeks in 2011 and twice in one week during the recent flood."
Plans to convert the other field into two fields for training facilities are in the pipeline, as are plans for additional changing rooms and another bar but the immediate focus is on getting the main field in prime condition.
The CQFC will stage their launch party at Rugby Park on February 22.
For anyone interested in sponsoring the CQFC, or obtaining the naming rights to Rugby Park, phone Cecilia Thompson 0400 475 323.