Major upgrades for Lakeside Oval

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Sydney’s pre-season campaign is set for a major shake-up this year following the announcement of a major upgrade to the club’s training ground Lakeside Oval.

The Swans use the ground, located directly outside the SCG, to train on over summer while cricket season commands control of their home deck, but they’ll be using two other local ovals while a multimillion-dollar development is carried out over the next few months.

Lakeside Oval has provided the Swans with some challenges in recent seasons, with the construction of a light rail project on Anzac Parade decreasing the area of usable playing surfaces.

The new development will see the size of Lakeside Oval increased to match that of Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, while the playing surface will also be improved in standard.

Work on the changes will kick off next week, meaning Sydney will train at Bat and Ball Oval in Moore Park, and Henson Park in Marrickville, both public spaces, until just before the 2019 home and away season begins.

Bat and Ball Oval’s surface has improved dramatically in recent years, while the Swans will also pump money into Henson Park, the ground they’ve used for pre-season matches in for the past few years.

Sydney will get to spend limited time on the SCG while the upgrade is complete.

Due to the demolition of Allianz Stadium next door to the SCG, rival codes will share the ground with the Swans next season, with John Longmire’s men set to only get access to train there once during the week of a home game.

Construction on the project is due to be completed in May 2019.

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