A full schedule of events to be held at the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford for the next 12 months will soon be revealed to the public, according to Central Coast Council’s Group Leader of Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mr Mike Dowling.
“It is a real coup for the Central Coast Stadium in attracting an international music legend in Lionel Ritchie,” Mr Dowling said, following the announcement that Lionel Ritchie would perform at the Stadium on Saturday, October 14.
Mr Dowling said the Lionel Ritchie concert “heralds the start of Central Coast Council’s ongoing strategy to activate the stadium and provide the Central Coast community with a wide range of events ranging from sport to music and entertainment.
“This is the type of event we’ve been looking for, allowing us to showcase the amazing and versatile venue we have right in our own backyard.
“Lionel is arguably the biggest music act to perform on the Central Coast and only the start of things to come.
“The Coast will see more NRL games than ever before, more concerts and community events as well as our ongoing and valued long-term relationship with the Central Coast Mariners.
“Shortly, we will be going to the community and unveiling our program of events for the next 12 months.
“As mentioned, this event forms part of Central Coast Council’s long term strategy for the Stadium following lengthy negotiations with world-class promoters, NRL clubs and other event organisers to bring to the community a range of events for the whole family.”
Mr Dowling did not comment on the Central Coast Mariner’s proposal for a $75 million redevelopment of the stadium, including additional spectator seating, a demountable stage, new forecourts and entries, a hotel and a food and retail precinct.
During his visit to the Central Coast in May, Mr Mike Charlesworth, owner of the Central Coast Mariners, called on local politicians to support the club’s plans for the stadium.
Media statement, Jun 13
Mike Dowling, Central Coast Council
Jackie Pearson, journalist