North Dalton Park

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North Dalton Park
Dalton Park
Location North Wollongong, Wollongong
Coordinates 34°23′29″S 150°54′17″E / 34.39139°S 150.90472°E / -34.39139; 150.90472Coordinates: 34°23′29″S 150°54′17″E / 34.39139°S 150.90472°E / -34.39139; 150.90472=
Owner Wollongong City Council
Operator Wollongong City Council
Tenants New South Wales Cricket Association
Illawarra Lions (Sydney AFL)
Wollongong Saints Women's AFL
Wollongong Lions Junior AFL
AFL NSW/ACT Game Development
AFL South Coast Operations

North Dalton Park is located on Pioneer Rd, Towradgi, in the northern suburbs of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

The ground has a grandstand on the western side, where 430 plastic bucket seats were installed over the concrete steps in Early 2017. The remainder of the ground is surrounded by a small hill which gives the ground an overall capacity of around 5,430. The LED scoreboard is at the northern end of the ground. From the eastern hill, the ground has spectacular views with the mountain backdrop providing a picturesque scene when watching matches. The ground was re-surfaced in 2007, and broadcast quality floodlights were installed.

The ground is home to the Illawarra Lions in the Sydney AFL competition, the Wollongong Saints in the Sydney Women's AFL and the Wollongong Lions Junior AFL Club. The venue is also the home of Cricket Illawarra.

An interstate Ford Ranger Cup match was scheduled there on Sunday 9 December 2007, but rain in the days leading up to the match led to the game being abandoned without a ball bowled.

North Dalton Park is the main ground in Thomas Dalton Park Regional Sports Centre.

North Dalton Park is the main AFL/Cricket venue in the Illawarra Region

Events[edit]

The ground hosted a Ford Ranger Cup match on the 26th of January 2010 between NSW vs South Australia, drawing 2,909 spectators. Tickets for this match were $15 for Adults, $10 for Concession, $5 for kids and $35 for a family.

In July 2014 North Dalton Park hosted a game between the Ainslie Football Club and the Sydney Swans Reserves as part of the North East Australian Football League(NEAFL).

North Dalton Park hosted a Toyota Futures League match between NSW (2nd XI) and ACT in November 2016.

On December 27, 2016 an electronic scoreboard was installed at North Dalton Park in time for the Australian Country Cricket Championships which Wollongong was hosting from January 2–11, 2017.

In February 2017 North Dalton Park hosted a Sheffield Shield match between NSW Blues and Tasmania Tigers.

In the weeks leading up to the Sheffield Shield match new seats were installed in the grandstand bringing the grandstand seating capacity from 280 to 430. New sight screens were also installed.

On day 1 of the Sheffield Shield match a crowd of 1,082 attended, Day 2 produced a crowd of 1,405, Day 3 saw 448 people come through the gates and in the rained-out Day 4 an estimated 50 People attended. Entry for this match was a gold coin donation supporting Cricket Illawarra. Free Programs were given out by Illawarra Junior cricketers at the Southern Gate. Food stalls were located in the Family Zone in the South-East corner of the venue as well as a bar in the Alcohol Zone at the northern end of the grandstand. Volunteers were key to the events success, some as young as 14 helped out with Car Park security.

Transport[edit]

The ground is a 14-minute walk from Fairy Meadow train station and a 23-minute walk from Towradgi station.