Mariners on track to post profit

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has officially unveiled the Central Coast Mariners’ Centre of Excellence.

The Mariners may be all at sea on the pitch but there is nothing second-rate about the six-story facility at Tuggerah.

Two levels of medical suites, four stories of leased office space (including CCM HQ); 140 additional car spaces and a cafe.

CEO Shaun Mielekamp used the occasion to announce the club, which has struggled financially over the years, is on track to post a profit at the completion of the current A-League campaign.

 “Our goal at the Central Coast Mariners is to become the most innovative, entertaining and community minded sports brand in Australia,” Mielekamp said. 

“This is no easy feat and we are well on our way to achieving this goal.

“It is with tremendous pride that I can officially announce that the Central Coast Mariners Football Club will definitely post a profit in our 2015/16 season which is a truly amazing achievement when considering where we were just 12 months ago.”

He added that the COE “showcases the potential of this complex to become one of the most iconic and unparalleled sporting facilities in NSW.”

While the Mariners club will benefit from the state of the art facilities the ultimate aim is to develop a precinct that will host international and domestic sporting teams.

With the official opening complete, construction will now begin on stages three, four and five of the COE including:

  • Public gym and function rooms
  • Indoor sports facility with a spectators viewing deck
  • 80-room hotel and 80 serviced apartments
  • Outdoor entertainment precinct and Mariners Pub
  • Two additional training pitches accompanied by a 1200 seat stadium
  • Tennis courts
  • Petrol station
  • Childcare facilities