Cricket, soccer and sports on the run as Princes Park sports fields undergo upgrade

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Melbourne Leader: Cricket, soccer and sports on the run as Princes Park sports fields undergo upgrade. Nic Price. 18 May 2014

Two cricket teams and four community sports competitions that use Princes Park fields during summer will be temporarily relocated for the 2014-15 season. Source: News Limited

A Multi-million-dollar upgrade to Princes Park is under way, putting the sporting fields in the south of the park out of action until the end of the year.

Thirty-three soccer teams which use the fields during winter have had their matches temporarily relocated to Royal Park and Newmarket Reserve.

Melbourne Council started work last month to make two new turf cricket wickets and two synthetic pitches, while also installing new sports lighting and improving irrigation and drainage systems.

Council spokeswoman Kate Millar said the works were expected to be completed by October, depending on the weather, and the turf would then have to be rested for 13 weeks. Two cricket teams and four community sports competitions that use the fields during summer will be temporarily relocated for the 2014-15 season.

Ms Millar said all affected sporting clubs were expected to return to Princes Park.

The works are State ­Government funded.

The Government gave the council $13.1 million to help sports clubs affected by the loss of fields at Ross Straw Field in Royal Park because of the East West Link.

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