Simonds Stadium, Geelong.

Simonds Stadium, Geelong. Photo: Pat Scala PDS

Geelong will play its first game AFL game under lights at its redeveloped home ground against Gold Coast on June 1.

Cats CEO Brian Cook told his club’s website today that the completion of stage three grandstand and lights works at the venue would give the club a "platform for the future".

"For the first time in Geelong’s history were going to have games under lights here in Geelong. We think we’re going to get around about three, maybe four games under lights next year. The first game will definitely be against Gold Coast on June the first on a Saturday so you’ve got the Gary Ablett factor, the Josh Caddy factor..."

The Cats soundly defeated eventual premiers Sydney at their home ground in round 23.

The Cats soundly defeated eventual premiers Sydney at their home ground in round 23. Photo: Getty Images

Before construction work finishes, Geelong will play its first 10 2013 games away from home, with six of them outside Victoria. However, the Cats will finish the season with seven matches out of the final 11 at their spruced-up home ground.

Cook also hopes to operate a $1.2 million super-screen from next season, though he admits those funds are yet to be raised.

The developments will restore a capacity of "just under" 34,000 at the stadium, which had its crowds restricted to less than 22,000 this year as works on lights and the new Player’s Stand (capacity 9000) progressed.

Works can be seen in the background during the last game at Simonds Stadium in 2012.

Works can be seen in the background during the last game at Simonds Stadium in 2012. Photo: Channel Seven

Geelong has a vision to complete the development of the stadium by finally overhauling its city end, which comprises over one third of the ground, but Cook says those works would cost more than the three stages together combined – over $110 million.

Cook says there is a "fair way to go" with those dreams, though plans are finalised and about to be delivered to council Geelong will seek government and AFL assistance to increase the ground’s capacity to 37,000.

Cook wants Simonds Stadium to become the "third national venue in Victoria", capable of hosting other sports, such as soccer.

"It’s probably 10 years away but we’re heading towards it," he said.