List of WAFL grounds

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The West Australian Football League (WAFL) has utilised a number of different grounds since its formation in 1885. This list comprises grounds currently in use (that is, used in the 2011 season, grounds formerly in use and defunct grounds. Under the laws of Australian football, a ground must be grassed, have a minimum length of 135 metres (443 ft) and a minimum width of 110 metres (360 ft).[1]

Most current WAFL grounds were originally constructed for the sole purpose of serving as a home ground for Australian rules football clubs, either by the clubs or local government authorities. Some grounds have also hosted other sports, including rugby league, rugby union, soccer and cricket. Two WAFL venues, the WACA Ground and Subiaco Oval, have also hosted matches in the Australian Football League (AFL).

The competition's grand final is held every year at Subiaco Oval (Patersons Stadium), which is the largest stadium in Western Australia, with a maximum capacity of 43,500 people. The WAFL's attendance record was also set at the ground, with 52,781 people attending the 1979 Grand Final. A new stadium, located in Burswood with a capacity of 60–70,000 people, is proposed to be completed by 2018.

Grounds[edit]

Major grounds[edit]

Ground name
(sponsored name)
Location Capacity Record capacity
(year)
Matches Tenant(s)
former tenants
First used Notes
Anniversary Park Rockingham 2500 2241
(2009)
5 Peel Thunder  ? Hosted five matches between Peel and South Fremantle.
Arena Joondalup
(HBF Arena)
Joondalup 16 000 15 082
(1994)
336 West Perth 1994
Bassendean Oval
(Steel Blue Oval)
Bassendean 22 000 22 350
(1980)
757 Swan Districts 1934
Claremont Oval Claremont 10 000 18 268
(1983)
796 Claremont 1927
Claremont Showgrounds[2] Claremont 10 000  ? 30 Claremont 1907 Neutral venue 1907–08, 1922; Claremont home ground 1926–27;2014–2015
East Fremantle Oval East Fremantle 20 000 21 317
(1979)
602 East Fremantle 1953
Fremantle Oval Fremantle 17 500 23 109
(1979)
1464 South Fremantle
East Fremantle (1898–1952)
North Fremantle (1912–15)
1898
Fremantle Park Fremantle  ?  ?  ? Fremantle/Unions 1890
Geraldton Recreation Ground Beachlands 5000 7970
(1985)
7 East Fremantle 1985
Gosnells Recreation Ground Gosnells 2000 1597
(1996)
1 Perth 1996
Lathlain Park
(Brownes Stadium)
Lathlain 20 000 19 541
(1967)
505 Perth 1928
Leederville Oval
(Medibank Stadium)
Leederville 18 000 24 567
(1978)
916 East Perth
Subiaco
West Perth (1915–93)
1915 Shared between East Perth and Subiaco since 1999.
North Fremantle Oval
currently known as Gilbert Fraser Reserve
North Fremantle 05000 4000 131 North Fremantle
East Fremantle (1901–12)(
South Fremantle (1901–12)

1901
Perth Oval
(nib Stadium)
Perth 20 500 26 760
(1969)
834 East Perth 1997 Hosted six WAFL Grand Finals between 1912 and 1935.
Sir Richard Moore Oval Kalgoorlie 6000 7139
(1986)
5 Subiaco 1986
Rushton Park (Kelmscott) Kelmscott 2000 3601
(1989)
3 Perth 1989
Rushton Park (Mandurah)
(Bendigo Bank Stadium)
Mandurah 10 000 7147
(1986)
132 Peel Thunder 1986
Shenton Park Shenton Park  ?  ? 8 Subiaco 1900
Subiaco Oval
(Patersons Stadium)
Subiaco 43 500 52 781
(1979)
1411 neutral
Subiaco
Claremont (1945–46)
1908 Used for the WAFL Grand Final every year.
Hosts occasional Subiaco home games, the last of which was in 2008.
Wanneroo Showgrounds Wanneroo 6000 5007
(1989)
3 East Perth
West Perth
1989
WACA Ground East Perth 24 500 11 835
(1994)
681 Perth
West Perth
1898 Hosted eight WAFL Grand Finals between 1906 and 1926.

Non-metropolitan grounds[edit]

Ground name
(sponsored name)
Location Capacity Record capacity
(year)
Matches First used Notes
Bruce Rock Sporting Complex Bruce Rock 2000 1900
(2001)
1 2001
Capricorn Oval Newman 2000 3000
(2008)
2 2002
Collie Recreation Ground Collie 2000 1800
(2001)
1 2001
Collingwood Park Albany 5000 4638
1989
5 1989
Corrigin Oval Corrigin 2000 1900
(2009)
1 2009
Cunderdin Oval Cunderdin 2000 1678
(2004)
1 2004
Dampier Sports Club Dampier 6000 6040
(1985)
1 1985
Esperance Oval Esperance 2500 2394
(2005)
3 2000
Frost Park Mount Barker 2500 2556
(1987)
1 1987
Greater Sports Ground Katanning 2000 1872
(2004)
1 2004
Hands Oval Bunbury 5000 6573
(1984)
5 1984
Jubilee Park Northam 2500 2500
(1998)
1 1998
Jurien Oval Jurien Bay 1500 1250
(2002)
1 2002
Kambalda Oval Kambalda West 2000 1514
(2006)
1 2006
Manjimup Recreation Gronud Manjimup 2000 1965
(2006)
1 2006
McLean Oval Denmark 2500 2500
(2004)
1 2004
Millars Well Oval
currently known as Kevin Richards Memorial Oval
Karratha 5000 5000
(2000)
1 2000
Moora Reserve Moora ? ? 1 1999
Newdegate Showgrounds Newdegate 1500 1500(2002) 1 2002
Ord River Sports Club Kununurra 4000 3000(2000) 1 2000
Peter Haynes Oval Broome 5000 3950
(2006)
1 2006
Sir Stewart Bovell Park Busselton 2000) 1473
(2003)
1 2003
Talanjee Oval Exmouth  ?  ? 1 1999
Toodyay Showgrounds Toodyay 2000 1200
(2000)
1 2000
Town Oval Carnarvon 3000 2650
(2007)
1 2007
VC Mitchell Park Donnybrook 2000 1648
(2005)
1 2005
Waldeck Street Oval Dongara 1500 1850
(2007)
1 2007
Wickepin Oval Wickepin 1500 1300
(2002)
1 2002

Country venues[edit]

Various country towns in Western Australia have hosted WAFL games as a part of the competition's "Country Week", or for similar promotions. Towns which have at least one regular season WAFL game are listed below. The exact name of the ground can often not be determined, but is listed where possible.

Location Ground name Matches Home team(s) Notes
Albany Collingwood Park
other venues unknown
4 Claremont Claremont has hosted four games in Albany, most recent in 2009 at Collingwood Park.[3]
Broome N/A 1 Swan Districts Hosted one match between Claremont and Swan Districts.
Bruce Rock N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between Perth and West Perth in 2001.[4]
Bunbury Hands Oval
other venues unknown
5 East Perth (2)
Swan Districts (3)
Busselton N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between East Perth and Swan Districts.
Carnarvon N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between South Fremantle and West Perth.
Collie N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between Claremont and Swan Districts.
Corrigin N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between Peel and West Perth.
Cunderdin N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between Perth and Subiaco.
Dampier N/A 3 East Perth
Denmark N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between Claremont and South Fremantle.
Dongara N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between East Fremantle and Perth.
Donnybrook N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between East Perth and Peel.
Esperance N/A 2 Peel Thunder
Exmouth N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between East Perth and Subiaco.
Geraldton N/A
possibly at Geraldton Recreation Ground
6 East Fremantle
Jurien Bay N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between Perth and Subiaco.
Kalgoorlie N/A 5 Subiaco
Kambalda N/A 1 Subiaco Hosted one match between Perth and Subiaco in 2006.
Katanning N/A 1 N/A Hosted one match between Claremont and East Perth in 2000.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laws of Australian Football"
  2. ^ Officially the Bruce Campbell Arena
  3. ^ WAFL Country Sport Enrichment Game - Claremont vs South Fremantle in Albany - Saturday 18 April - Claremont Football Club. Published 21 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ BigFooty WAFL Forum

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