The Melbourne Knights Football Club would like to inform its members and the wider footballing community and respond to the recent comments made by Western United FC regarding Knights Stadium.
Western United have claimed, as a result of scouting several rectangular stadiums across Melbourne to solve their current fixture scheduling dilemma, that Knights Stadium does not meet A-League standards and would require significant infrastructure investment to meet competition criteria.
The Melbourne Knights can confirm that, over the last three years, multiple preliminary talks regarding Western United’s potential use of our Somers Street facility have been held between club representatives. Despite multiple preliminary talks, an offer has never materialised from Western United.
Furthermore, to address the claims that the facility does not meet A-League standards, a feasibility assessment on whether or not the facility complies with A-League standards has never been conducted with Melbourne Knights nor has the club received a report on any assessment made by external parties.
Somers Street has been the proud home of the Melbourne Knights since 1984 and Knights Stadium continues to be the largest soccer-specific stadium in the state of Victoria.
Cover photo by Mark Silva.