Sports lovers on the Central Coast have a new reason to cheer following the completion of a major upgrade of The Entrance District Sport and Community Centre.

Liberal Senator for New South Wales Arthur Sinodinos, who performed the opening today, said it was great to see the Centre returned to its former glory after the sad loss of facilities to arson in 2015.

“Boasting a new grandstand with tiered seating capable of hosting over 350 spectators – including a new bar, kitchen and the all-important toilet block – the Centre is now up to the task of hosting a wide range of regional sports events,” Senator Sinodinos said.

“Thanks to funding from the Morrison Government, the Centre will also be able to host local club and school events for many years to come.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project, which supported a staggering 210 jobs during construction, will support an additional five ongoing jobs within the local community.

“With sporting participation set to rise, this project is a prime example of how the Liberal National Government’s support of regional infrastructure projects such as this provide our regional communities with a ‘sporting chance’ to develop and grow.”

“Transforming the Centre into a regional sports and community complex means more sports competitors and fans will visit The Entrance and surrounding area from Sydney and further away, therefore providing a boost to the regional economy,” Mr McCormack said

The total funding of $1,927,994 for the project was provided by the Morrison Government.

Hannah Maguire