David Phillips Field, home to UNSW sporting clubs since 1964, has been officially re-opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer and former NSW Premier and local member for
Heffron, Kristina Keneally.
Neil Morris, Executive Director of University Services and John Bagnall, President of UNSW Sports Association also attended the proceedings.
The grounds recently underwent a $10 million redevelopment to create some of the finest university sporting facilities in the state.
Located in Daceyville, the redeveloped grounds include a new synthetic hockey pitch, a multi-use soccer pitch and four tennis courts. There are also three grass fields which will be used by rugby, football, baseball, ultimate frisbee and touch football in winter and cricket in summer.
The outdoor cricket practice facilities have also been upgraded and there are two new clubhouse buildings with function rooms and a kiosk.
The project incorporates the latest in environmentally sustainable systems, including solar hot water and storm-water harvesting.
Together with UNSW sporting clubs, the grounds will also be used by UNSW Sport and Recreation for its comprehensive school sport programs. The facilities will also be available for hire by community and sports groups.
The opening featured a ‘festival of sport’ with UNSW sports teams competing in cricket, football, hockey, rugby, tennis, touch football and ultimate frisbee to inaugurate the grounds.