Coburg City Oval

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Coburg City Oval
Piranha Park
Coburg City Oval.jpg
Location Cnr Bell & Russell Sts, Coburg, Victoria
Coordinates 37°44′37″S 144°58′6″E / 37.74361°S 144.96833°E / -37.74361; 144.96833Coordinates: 37°44′37″S 144°58′6″E / 37.74361°S 144.96833°E / -37.74361; 144.96833
Opened 1915
Owner City of Moreland
Surface Grass
Field size 165×140m
Tenants
Coburg Football Club (VFA/VFL)
Coburg Cricket Club (VSDCA)
North Melbourne Football Club (VFL, 1965)

Coburg City Oval (currently known by the sponsored name Piranha Park)[1] is an Australian rules football and cricket stadium located in Coburg, Australia. It is home to the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League, and the Coburg Cricket Club.

The oval was officially opened in 1915.[2] Following the Coburg Football Club's admission to the Victorian Football Association in 1925, the grandstand was constructed, and was officially opened in March 1926.[3] In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the venue was one of the VFA's finals venues, and it hosted the final in 1932.[4] It later hosted the 1967 Division 2 finals series.[5]

In 1965, the VFL's North Melbourne Football Club moved its playing and training base from the Arden Street Oval to Coburg City Oval.[6] The move was intended to be permanent, with some initial negotiations seeking long-term leases for up to 40 years,[7] but it was ultimately cancelled after only eight months, and North Melbourne returned to the Arden Street Oval in 1966.[8][9]

The current capacity of the venue is 15,000. The ground record crowd was set on 26 June 1965 when 21,695 fans saw Collingwood defeat North Melbourne.[10]

The oval is currently fenced off from the public. The oval sits inside the wider G. A. Bridges Reserve, which includes a leisure centre, a bowls club and a former trugo club.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Amy (26 March 2014). "Old rivalries smoulder as Port takes on Coburg for the opening round of the VFL". Port Phillip Leader. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Victorian Heritage Database place details". Moreland City Council. 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "New grandstand opened at Coburg". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). 29 March 1926. p. 9. 
  4. ^ Onlooker (26 September 1932). "Association – Premiership decided". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 11. 
  5. ^ Chris de Kretser (11 September 1967). "Port shows real class". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). p. 48. 
  6. ^ "North gets lease". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). 30 March 1965. p. 51. 
  7. ^ "North can have a new oval". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). 3 November 1964. p. 34. 
  8. ^ "Coburg to drop stand?". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). 28 September 1965. p. 51. 
  9. ^ "North to quit Coburg". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). 29 September 1965. p. 52. 
  10. ^ http://stats.rleague.com/afl/crowds/vn_coburg_oval.html