Perth Oval

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nib Stadium
(Perth Oval)
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Full name Perth Oval
Former names Loton Park
Members Equity Stadium
ME Bank Stadium
Location Lord Street
Perth, Western Australia
Coordinates 31°56′45″S 115°52′12″E / 31.94583°S 115.87000°E / -31.94583; 115.87000Coordinates: 31°56′45″S 115°52′12″E / 31.94583°S 115.87000°E / -31.94583; 115.87000
Built 1904
Renovated 2004 and 2012
Owner City of Vincent
Operator Allia Holdings
Surface grass
Scoreboard LED Screen
Capacity 20,441
Record attendance 26,760 (1969)
Website nibstadium.com.au
Tenants
East Perth Football Club (1910–2002)
Perth Glory FC (1996–)
WA Reds (2008–)
Western Force (2010–)
Western Australia Angels (2013-)

Perth Oval (known as nib Stadium under a naming rights agreement) is a sports stadium in Perth, the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia. Located close to Perth's central business district, the stadium currently has a maximum capacity of 20,500 people for sporting events and 25,000 people for concerts, with the ground's record attendance of 26,760 people set during an Australian rules football game in 1969. The land on which the stadium was built was made a public reserve in 1904, with the main ground developed several years later. Perth Oval was the home ground of the East Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) from 1910 until 2002, and hosted several of the competition's grand finals during that time. In 2004, the ground was redeveloped, altering it from an oval field to a rectangular field. The ground is currently home to two major professional sporting clubs: Perth Glory FC, an Association football team competing in the A-League, and the Western Force, a rugby union team competing in the Super Rugby competition. The ground is also used by the WA Reds, a semi-professional rugby league team competing in the S. G. Ball Cup, and the Western Australia Angels, a women's gridiron football team competing in the LFL Australia, as well as for concerts.

Current use[edit]

The stadium is currently used for hosting sports and concerts.

Sport[edit]

In sports mode the stadium has a capacity of around 20,500. Soccer club Perth Glory has played at the ground since 1996. The stadium is unusual among modern Australian stadiums for having a standing terrace at the northern end of the ground, called The Shed. The vocal supporters of Perth Glory FC, called Glory Fans United, are now situated in the Southern Stand.

The ground has hosted rugby union team Western Force since 2010. The Force's move to the stadium led to a minor redevelopment of facilities at the ground, including an increase in capacity and improved lighting.[1]

From 2008 the stadium has hosted WA Reds home matches in the Bundaberg Red Cup.

Since 2009, there have been annual NRL games played at the oval, generally as South Sydney Rabbitohs home games, with an increase to two matches each season commencing in 2014. The stadium has housed the administrative facilities of the Western Australia Rugby League since 2003.[2]

Concerts[edit]

The capacity for concerts is now over 25,000.[3]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The land on which the stadium is built was known as Loton's Paddock after the previous owner William Loton, Lord Mayor of Perth.[4] The Paddock had been reclaimed from part of Stone's Lake, which was part of a lake system known as The Great Lakes District which included Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.[5]

Loton sold the land to the City of Perth in 1904 with the purpose of providing recreation for the residents of the area. After the 2004 redevelopment part of the ground reverted to public open space and was co-named Loton Park, to honour Loton, and Yoordgoorading as a reference to the original Indigenous inhabitants of the land.[4][5][6]

In the early 1930s large white entry gates were built on the north west corner of the ground. These have since been heritage listed.[5]

Association football[edit]

Perth Glory and North Queensland Fury in 2009 during an A-League match.

Association football (soccer) was an early tenant at Loton Park, playing regular matches as early as 1903, when over 2,000 spectators attended a Charity Cup match between Olympic FC and Civil Service.[7]

In 1905 the land was offered to the WA British Football Association but the asking price was considered too high.[7]

Perth Oval was the scene of a humiliation in 1927 when the WA State team were thrashed 11–3 by Bohemians, a team representing Czechoslovakia.[7][8]

Prior to the 2004 redevelopment, Perth Oval was oval-shaped, and when Perth Glory FC entered the NSL in 1996, temporary stands were moved onto the pitch to get supporters closer to the action. After playing in these conditions for four years, it became apparent that the Glory would need their own rectangular stadium and after Glory's proposed redevelopment of Leederville Oval was rejected, the Town of Vincent completely overhauled the ground into a rectangular stadium.

Australian rules football[edit]

Christian Brothers College players walking onto Perth Oval in 1919

Australian rules football club East Perth Football Club moved to Perth Oval from Wellington Square in 1910,[5] and played at the ground until 1999 except in 1940 due to a dispute with the Perth City Council over rents,[9] and in 1988 and 1989 when the WAFL attempted an unsuccessful move to the WACA. After the Royals played their last match at the ground, they permanently moved away in 2003.[10]

In 1956 the F.D. Book Stand was built as part of East Perth Football Club’s golden jubilee celebrations. It was named after administrator Fred Book, who was instrumental in ensuring Perth Oval stayed as a sporting ground during World War II.[7]

The ground was briefly used as a home base for East Perth's WAFL rivals West Perth and Perth.[5] Six West Australian Football League Grand Finals were played at Perth Oval, the first being in 1912 and the last in 1935.[11]

Cricket[edit]

Perth Oval was home to Western Australian Grade Cricket teams North Perth and University. North Perth played at the oval between 1910 and 1975 and University between 1913 and 1929.[7]

Rugby union[edit]

Rugby was played at Perth Oval as early as 1905.[12]

The ground has occasionally been used by the Western Australian Rugby Union to host state league finals matches at least as far back as 1940.[13]

Perth Spirit played at Perth Oval during the 2007 Australian Rugby Championship.[14]

Since 2010 the Western Force have called Perth Oval home and inspired the stadium's most recent re-development.


Rugby League[edit]

Rugby League has been an annual fixture at nib stadium since 2009, with South Sydney Rabbitohs hosting a 'home' game once a season. From 2014 onwards, two games are scheduled. The biggest crowds have occurred in games involving the New Zealand Warriors.


Records[edit]

The record crowd for the ground was 26,760 for the 31 May 1969 derby Australian football match between East Perth and West Perth.

The record soccer crowd for a match at the ground, is 18,067 in the 1998–99 NSL season game between Perth Glory and South Melbourne FC.

The record rugby union crowd at the venue prior to the 2012-13 redevelopment is an estimated 22,000 in a Super Rugby 2011 Season game between the Western Force and Crusaders on 30 April 2011.

The record sports crowd at the venue since the 2012-13 redevelopment is 20,269 in a NRL Rugby League 2014 Season game between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and New Zealand Warriors on 7 June 2014.

Music[edit]

Roger Waters performing on his Dark Side Of The Moon Live tour in 2007

nib Stadium has been the venue of major music concerts, including:

Concerts
Year Date Artist/s
2005 15 February Tom Jones & John Farnham
19 February Moonlight Music and Wine Festival
29 October Luciano Pavarotti
2007 9 February Roger Waters
11 February Eric Clapton
2008 1 February The Police
2 February
5 March Rod Stewart
29 March Jack Johnson
8 April Celine Dion
10 May Elton John
31 October Def Leppard
1 November Eros Ramazzotti
23 November Billy Joel
2009 4 April The Who
14 November Pearl Jam
11 December Fleetwood Mac
12 December
2010 25 January Raggamuffin
18 April Supafest
24 November Leonard Cohen
4 December Jack Johnson
10 December Eagles
2011 29 March Neil Diamond
6 April Lionel Richie
15 October Def Leppard
22 October Meat Loaf
19 November Kings of Leon
28 November Foo Fighters
2012 4 February Rod Stewart
2013 11 December Taylor Swift

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Force gets new home stadium for 2010". Rugby Week. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  2. ^ http://stats.rleague.com/rl/venues/perth.html
  3. ^ Collins, Simon; Zuel, Bernard (8 July 2011). "Foo Fighters to start Oz tour in Perth". The West Australian. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "New public land surrounding Perth Oval to be co-named after original". Town of Vincent. 9 April 2003. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "A new recreation ground - handing over the titles". The Daily News. 8 November 1904. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Brief History of Perth Oval". Fight On East Perth. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "why is there a kangaroo in the emblem of the central european club???". oleole.com. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Football: City Council Grounds for Practice"; The West Australian, 12 March 1940, p. 9
  10. ^ "History". East Perth Football Club. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "History". West Australian Football League. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "Rugby Notes". The Sunday Times. 21 May 1905. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rugby - Matches at Perth Oval". The West Australian. 13 September 1940. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rugby WA launches Perth Spirit". The Australian. 21 March 2007. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2007. 

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