A change of scenery can always add more value and increase the positive energy in an area. Whether it be a simple change or complex, any club who adds new facilities of any kind gives it an edge moving forward.
For the Gold Coast Knights F.C, it was not just a small change that they executed in a short period of time.
With a major overhaul in its home ground of the Croatian Sports Centre, the Knights have propelled themselves as being the premiere host for many football related events.
The Gold Coast Knights were the inaugural host of the first Senior Grand Final Day which featured all four senior mens finals played at the same venue on the same day. They were one of very few clubs who could accommodate such an event.
After completing a project started in 2012 to increase the number of changing rooms from two to six, the Knights had the facilities to accommodate every team without the issue of change over pre and post game.
At a crucial time in the season, the playing surface was exactly what was needed for an event of its kind. It simply came down to preparation from the early stages of the season to ensure that the pitch was well maintained and looked after for such a prestigious event.
The major coup for the club came when they designated two full size pitches on the premises, with an overhaul in the lighting to ensure that both fields were fully flood lit and playable before the 2016 season. With the addition of four new light posts, the main field increased to a total of 220 lux making it one of the best flood lit pitches on the Gold Coast.
However, Knights were not done with their improvements to the facility. Replacement grand stand seating and a complete re-do of their upstairs changing rooms allowed the club to position itself in the best way moving forward.
Most recently, the club continued its improvements by solidifying a fully designated members bar to accommodate its die-hard supporters. Although work on the inside was completed, the club is currently building a deck to extend from the bar as a viewing platform.
The club also has the luxury of hosting the Croatian-Australian Tournament in 2018, which the new and improved facilities making a significant difference in the quality of the competition and resources available to spectators and players.
With a new scoreboard, built in stands and designated treatment rooms on the way, it is safe to say that the Knights are still dedicated to continuing the improvement of their facilities as they prepare for the 2019 NPL season.