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Perth Heat unveil plans for stadium upgrade
The Perth Heat have today unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art stadium upgrade which will give them the best baseball facilities in the country
02/28/2019 11:23 PM ET
Perth Heat player Sam Kennelly (left), Baseball WA Chief Executive Lachlan Dale, Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt, City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst, Michael O'Sullivan (representing Senator Linda Reynolds) and Perth Heat player Tim Kennelly (right) attend the turning of the sod at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.
Perth Heat player Sam Kennelly (left), Baseball WA Chief Executive Lachlan Dale, Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt, City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst, Michael O'Sullivan (representing Senator Linda Reynolds) and Perth Heat player Tim Kennelly (right) attend the turning of the sod at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark. (Edward Nixon)

The Perth Heat have today unveiled plans for a $6 million upgrade to the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark in Thornlie.

The original facility, built in 2003, through a joint venture with the State Government and City of Gosnells has undergone multiple upgrades, including a new lighting system implemented in 2017.

The new upgrades, funded by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Governments, will provide fans and players alike with new state-of-the-art facilities.

Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt, Michael O'Sullivan (representing Senator Linda Reynolds) and City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst were on hand for the project reveal, with Mr Wyatt excited for what the future holds for baseball in Western Australia. 

"Baseball holds a special place in WA sport and there is a growing interest in developing young players for both Perth Heat and international opportunities," Mr Wyatt said.

Mr Wyatt's views were backed by Heat Chief Executive Steven Nelkovski.

"It's massive for WA. Perth will now have the best ballpark in the country, and it opens a lot of doors for the Perth Heat internationally and is a very exciting moment for baseball in this state," Mr Nelkovski said.

"The facility will get a much-needed upgrade across the board, and it will be wonderful for fans and members next season."

The project plans were made possible by the Liberal Party's pledge to commit a $6 million upgrade to the ballpark in 2016.

Baseball WA Chief Executive Lachlan Dale says the upgrades will provide new opportunities for those playing baseball in WA. 

"These upgrades will give us the best baseball facilities in Australia and will give our local clubs and community programs new and exciting opportunities to play baseball in Western Australia," Mr Dale said.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.