|Full name||Redfern Oval|
|Location||Redfern, New South Wales|
|Capacity||20,000 (when in use of a rugby league ground)|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs (NSWRL) (1948-1987)|
Redfern Oval is an Australian football ground, in the Sydney suburb of Redfern, New South Wales. The South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Football Club played at Redfern Oval between 1948 and 1987. Rabbitoh supporters often refer to Redfern Oval as "The Holy Land".
The former National Rugby League ground had a main grandstand on the wing with seats on either side and a hill surrounding the rest of the ground with a few rows of seats near the fence. The total capacity of the ground was around the 20,000 mark, until the redevelopment. The current ground has a lone grandstand with bench style seating, with the structure incorporating the Rabbitohs' training equipment/gym, as well as a cafe and basic luxury hospitality. The seating is covered by a large roof spanning the width of the structure. The stand is wheelchair accessible and also contains hearing loop accessibility. The player's tunnel is accessed by a small staircase which is below field level. Around the rest of the ground (which is now all public park, including the field) is three rows of terraced, hill seating. The side opposite the stand contains basketball courts and a skateboard park behind the terraces.
$19 million was spent by the City of Sydney Council to completely upgrade and renovate Redfern Oval which has allowed the Rabbitohs to return to Redfern in 2009 with state-of-the-art training facilities for players and coaches.
The upgrade offers the Rabbitohs a professional standard playing surface and facilities to allow the oval to be used as their preferred training ground and for a limited number of pre-season and exhibition matches.
The Rabbitohs Use of the Park
Premiership Matches (1948 - 1987)
In 1948, the South Sydney Rabbitohs began playing at this ground, as part of their home-ground usage. They played here until the end of 1987, where they move to the Sydney Football Stadium the following year.
In July 1987 Souths played Manly in front of a record crowd of 23,257.
Return to Redfern / RTR (2009 - present)
South Sydney played the Wests Tigers in a pre-season match on Sunday, 8 February 2009. The seating capacity for this games was only 5,000, so only members from South Sydney and the Tigers were allowed to purchases tickets for the match. The Tigers won the game 30-26 in front of a sold out crowd.
Due to the success of the RTR match, the South Sydney Rabbitohs decided to play another trial match on 7 February 2010 against the Manly Sea Eagles. The match was advertised at Souths home games as 'RTR 2010 The Tradition Continues'. Once again, the game was for members only. The game took place approximately 40 years after the famous 1970 NSWRL grand final, in which Souths legend John Sattler played most of the game with a shattered jaw. A teaser for the game was uploaded to YouTube by a Souths fan which details the rivalry between Souths and Manly. Sam Burgess made his debut for the Rabbitohs and scored a try as South Sydney won on the day 42-14.
The third annual RTR game was played on Saturday, 5 February 2011, when South Sydney took on the Newtown Jets. The last time these two teams met was back in the 1983 NSWRFL season. The game was marked as Ben Ross' return to rugby league after a two-year neck injury. Ross captained the side, as South Sydney won their second straight RTR match, beating the Jets 10-4.
In 2012, South Sydney played the fourth annual RTR game against European Super League club, the Warrington Wolves on 28 January. Warrington took an early 24-0 lead, before Souths came back to 28-28. However, it wan't enough as the Wolves scored the wining try through Gareth O’Brien. Warrington finished the game 34-28 over the Rabbitohs in front of a sold out crowd. On the same day, the club opened "Souths On Chalmers" across the road from Redfern Oval (on Chalmers Street) - it is a restaurant and club
In 2013, South Sydney played the Papua New Guinea Residents XIII in their 5th annual RTR on 9 February. Ben Lowe scored early on and new recruit Bryson Goodwin converted. In a shock ending to the first quarter, PNG's halfback scored twice to give PNG a 12-6 lead after 20 minutes. In the first hit up of the second quarter, Dave Tyrell was knocked down pretty hard but minutes later, he scored to draw the game back up until Rabbitohs captain Jason Clark scored minutes later to end the half 18-6. The 3rd quarter ended the way the second ended, with a Rabbitoh's try. Chris McQueen spun away from three tackles and plunged over. Although PNG's defence was proving tough, trys from Aaron Gray, Bennett Leslie and a second from Jason Clark ended day with Rabbitoh's running away with it 38-12. Ben Te'o, Bryson Goodwin and several other recruits were presented with their 2013 jersey.
- Club Records at rabbitohs.com.au
- "Austadiums". Australia. 2010-12-09. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
- Redfern Oval at Austadiums