Sir Hubert Murray Stadium will be the host to Rugby Touch and Rugby seven’s as well as home to Weightlifting in the 2015 Pacific Games.
The stadium will have fifteen-thousand seating capacity with other player and spectator amenities.
The initial ground breaking ceremony signaling commencement of work was held on Thursday.
Sir Hubert Murray Stadium was built in 1969 when PNG first hosted the South Pacific Games; this stadium has become a national icon where athletes have been born.
It was named after Sir John Hubert Plunkett Murray who was a judge and a Lieutenant-Governor of Papua from 1908 until his death.
The stadium is owned by the Motu Koita Council of which the land belongs to them. The upgrading of the stadium will now go ahead after the National Court ruled in favor of the Government.
The stadium came alive on Thursday with celebrations to welcome the state of the art stadium which was set to be completed in 14 months and ready for the 2015 Pacific Games.
The construction work was awarded to Curtain Brothers under the private-public partnership.
The national government budgeted K11 million for the project, while Curtain Brothers will provide labour and machinery free of charge.
Present at the occasion were the sporting dignitaries including the 2015 Pacific Games Committee.
Caption: Sir John Davanicura speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.