Digital screen upgrade for McDonald Jones Stadium
McDonald Jones Stadium will soon be home to 2 new LED matchday screens as part of a major upgrade of the Hunter Park venue’s field screen technology.
The pair of 160sqm HD resolution LED video screens are up to twice the size of the current stadium screens and will significantly enhance the fan experience for major sporting and entertainment events at the Broadmeadow venue when switched on for the start of the Newcastle Knights 2024 NRL season.
Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said the NSW Government was committed to investing in the state’s regional venues to ensure they can continue to deliver the kind of content their communities deserve.
“We want big events in all NSW’s stadiums including in Newcastle and that means having the right infrastructure in place to host the widest variety of content,” Minister Kamper said.
“Every event at McDonald Jones Stadium is a major catalyst to surrounding pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels, supporting jobs and creating a culturally rich and vibrant local community.
“McDonald Jones Stadium is the centre of sport and entertainment in the Hunter and I want to make sure it is ready to host everything from NRL and A-League to major events like an Australian Supercross Championships or a concert from international artist like P!nk.”
Minister for the Hunter and Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp MP said the digital screen upgrades will bring the in-stadium experience up to par with the major venues in Sydney.
“With this important investment, the NSW Government is ensuring that the major events the people of the Hunter had to drive to Sydney for can now be held in their own back yard,” Mr Crakanthorp said.
“These new screens will completely change the in-stadium experience for local fans, but they will also help attract more major events to Newcastle which will mean less time on the M1 for them.”
Pending DA approval from Newcastle City Council, works will commence in November with the new screens to be ready before the 2024 NRL Season.