Albury Sports Ground
|Former names||Albury Oval|
|Location||Hamilton Valley, Albury, New South Wales, Australia|
|Owner||City of Albury|
|Record attendance||15,000 (14th June, 1952: VFL Season: South Melbourne vs. North Melbourne)|
|Renovated||2016 (Rejected proposal)|
|Albury Tigers F.N.C. (OMFNL)
Albury Tigers C.C. (CAW)
|"East End" / "Members End"
Albury Sports Ground (Also informally known as "Albury Oval" to some), is a sports ground located not far from the city's central business district in the suburb Albury Central, on the south-west fringe of the city of Albury, Australia. The oval is near the side of the Murray River, with a historical grandstand on the north-western flank & a members club with a grandstand and changing rooms located on the eastern wing. The venue also incorporates a netball court in the north eastern corner, while the "Albury Swin Center" is located to the west just outside of the venues grounds. Together it makes up part of a string of parks and gardens between the Murray River and Wodonga Place, including the Albury Botanic Gardens, Hovell Tree Park, Noreuil Park, Australia Park, and Oddies Creek Park.
The venue is the home ground for the Albury Football Club in the Ovens & Murray Football League, and most seasons it hosts the Ovens & Murray preliminary final. In summers the venue is used for cricket, with a turf wicket, and in this capacity serves as the home of the Albury Tigers side in the Cricket Albury-Wodonga Provincial competition.
- 1910: The Murray River broke its banks and flooded the park.
- It has a capacity of about 5,000, and historically had a capacity of at least 15,000.
2016 Proposed Redevelopment
On February 28, 2014 the Border Mail published an article titled "Lavington Oval 'in the wrong spot' for major events". Where Andrew Boyd Barber (a University of Melbourne post-graduate urban design student) said: "Albury Council should start planning for an upgraded sportsground precinct." He went on to cite the AFL’s decision to sell its ground at Waverley in favour of the Docklands stadium in central Melbourne. "Waverley is an incredible oval in the middle of suburbia that now has this radiating pattern of houses," ... "People couldn’t really access it that easily,". Mr Boyd Barber said Lavington Oval contained the same elements as Waverly, it had simply become unviable to have a huge stadium in such a residential location. "You’ve got an oval on the outer fringe of an urban area that is slowly being encroached on by development,".
International & National usage
Australian Rules Football
Whilst its role as Albury's main sporting venue been passed on since the establishment of the Lavington Sports Ground in the 1970s, it has in the past hosted the O&MFL grand final (including the notorious 1990 "Bloodbath" decider), and representative Australian Rules football and cricket matches. It was also the venue for the rugby league tour game in 1951 where a team of virtual unknowns representing Riverina upset France, who at the time were possibly the best test nation in the world. Riverina won 20-10, thank mostly to the boot of their fullback Koch, who kicked 7 goals. It also hosted cultural events such as rock concerts and carols by candlelight, as well as hosting a stage of the Royal Tour by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988 during Australia's bicentenary of colonisation, where thousands of schoolchildren were assembled on the oval to greet the Queen.