Prospect Oval

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Prospect Oval
Prospect
Location Menzies Crescent, Prospect, South Australia
Coordinates 34°53′8″S 138°36′3″E / 34.88556°S 138.60083°E / -34.88556; 138.60083Coordinates: 34°53′8″S 138°36′3″E / 34.88556°S 138.60083°E / -34.88556; 138.60083
Owner City of Prospect
Operator North Adelaide Football Club
Capacity 20,000
Field size Football: 170m x 120m
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1897
Opened 1898
Tenants
North Adelaide Football Club (SANFL) (1922-present)
Prospect Cricket Club (1928-present)

Prospect Oval is a sports stadium located at Menzies Crescent, Prospect, South Australia. The oval has a capacity of 20,000 people with seated grandstands holding approximately 2,000. An unusual feature of the oval is that it is laid out askew from the conventional orientation of ovals, with the goal posts located at the South-Western and the North-Eastern ends, and the cricket pitch running in the same direction. All other SANFL grounds run in a north-south direction.

It is home to both the North Adelaide Football Club, who are a part of the South Australian National Football League, and the Prospect Cricket Club, who are members of the South Australian Grade Cricket League, administered by the South Australian Cricket Association.

The ground record attendance was set in Round 5 of the 1958 SANFL season when 19,137 saw defending SANFL premiers Port Adelaide defeat North Adelaide 14.14 (98) to 8.10 (58). The oval's dimensions for Australian football are 170m x 120m.

The oval was opened in 1898 by the colonial Premier at the time Sir Charles Kingston. The North Adelaide Football Club first used the Oval for home games in 1922 with the first match taking place on 8 May 1922 with North Adelaide playing Glenelg. The North Adelaide Roosters have used Prospect Oval as its home ground ever since, except for a time during World War II when, due to a lack of available players, they joined forces with Norwood. The combined team used Norwood Oval as their home ground.

The North Adelaide Football Club officially renamed both ends of Prospect Oval in 2012 after the two official Icons of the Club. The northern end around the goals was named the Ken Farmer End after the club and SANFL's all-time leading goalkicker while the southern end was named the Barrie Robran End after the three time Magarey Medal winner.

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