Olympic Park Oval

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Olympic Park Oval
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Former names Olympic Park Stadium
Location Olympic Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Coordinates 37°49′29″S 144°58′53″E / 37.82472°S 144.98139°E / -37.82472; 144.98139Coordinates: 37°49′29″S 144°58′53″E / 37.82472°S 144.98139°E / -37.82472; 144.98139
Owner Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
Operator Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
Capacity 3,000[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 2013
Construction cost $11,300,000 AUD[2]
Tenants
Collingwood Football Club (Administration & Training) (AFL)
Collingwood Football Club (AFL Women's)

Olympic Park Oval is an Australian rules football ground located on the site of the former Olympic Park Stadium in Olympic Park, Melbourne.[1] The Oval's primary purpose is as the training ground of the Collingwood Football Club and as a venue for the club's VFL and AFL Women's matches. It is located alongside the club's other tenanted facility, the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre.

History & usage[edit]

As part of a larger redevelopment of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment precinct, the Olympic Park Stadium was torn down in 2012.[2] Olympic Park Oval was created in its former location. The oval opened for use on 11 April 2013.[3][4] The Federal Government and Collingwood Football Club announced in April 2012 the additional construction of indoor community and training facilities on the site.[5] These were opened in October 2015.[6]

Olympic Park Oval plays hosts to Collingwood matches in the VFL and Collingwood matches in the AFL Women's competition. In addition, each of the club's three teams train at the Oval, while administration of the club is conducted in the associated Glasshouse pavilion and the connected Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre.

The Oval remains public land and is available for casual use, though the Melbourne Olympic Park Trust restricts use for official training and sporting usage.[7]

Design[edit]

The oval features a grass playing surface in the standard shape for Australian rules football and Cricket. It boasts a two-lane running track around its exterior.[1] For viewing purposes the oval features limited concrete terracing and four light towers for evening play.[1]

The associated indoor structure (known as The Glasshouse) is a multi-use community and events space. The building includes a gym, cafe, theater and office space and is internally connected to the older Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre.[6]

Panorama of Olympic Park Oval from the north east corner of the ground

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Olympic Park Oval". Austadiums. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "New lease of life for Olympic Park". Major Projects. Victorian Government. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Olympic Park". Melbourne Olympic Parks. Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "New lease of life for Olympic Park". Major Projects Victoria. Victorian Government. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "New community hub at Olympic Park". Collingwood Media. Bigpond. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Dennehy, Luke (29 October 2015). "Eddie McGuire sentimental as Collingwood Football Club launches new events space The Glasshouse". Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Gosch's Paddock & Olympic Park Oval". Melbourne Olympic Parks. Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust. Retrieved 8 January 2017.