Preston City Oval
|Northern Blues (VFL), Preston Cricket Club, Northern Knights TAC Cup Preston Bullants Junior Football Club|
The Preston City Oval is an Australian rules football stadium in Cramer Street in Preston, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. It has a main grandstand and the ground is capable of holding around 5,000 spectators.
The ground is the traditional home of the Preston Football Club in the Victorian Football League, and remains one of its two primary home grounds in the club's current incarnation as the Northern Blues. It is also the home of the Northern Knights TAC Cup side and the Preston Bullants Junior Football Club. It was also the venue for the Victorian Women's Football League Grand Final in 2007, where a new VWFL crowd record was set.
In the 1960s, the then-VFL's Fitzroy Football Club was interested in moving its base from the Brunswick Street Oval to Preston, owing to a poor relationship with the Fitzroy Cricket Club, and in 1962 it made a request to the Preston Council for a 40-year lease of the venue; but, the council decided that the lease could be granted only if the Fitzroy and Preston football clubs came to agreeable terms, which they did not.
In the summer of 2009/10 the ground was redeveloped. Drought tolerant cooch grass has been in the summer so that the ground was ready for football season.
- "Grounds row widens". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). 20 March 1962. p. 40.
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