Went to Coburg to watch the roosters crush them. Coburg City Oval has great viewing space all over the ground. The terraces in the outer are good. Agree with CUB that this venue could be made into a Grand Final venue if they spent the $$$.
At least they should have played the second week of finals there rather than Casey Fields. Coburg is pretty central with either the North Coburg tram down Elizabeth Street from town or train to Coburg. Any crowd from 5000 upwards you would good atmosphere during finals. Phil if you are listening out there get stuck into the council however hard it is. They did have second division finals in the late 60s at the City Oval. Of course the shinboners played home games in 1965 at Coburg which was a disaster.
The VFL has not many venues it can make them into Grand Final venues but I reckon Coburg would be one. They can easily turn it into a 15,000 venue. The Grandstand (half of it) must be fixed of course. Having yet another grand final at Ethihad Stadium alias Turd Dome ?? What would these clowns need a crowd of 4000 to say it is a no goer ? I give Coburg a tick for potential finals GF venue if they spend dollars and upgrade.
I beg to differ North did alright at Coburg all things considering and had 21,600 to the game against Collingwood but they had a pretty ordinary season winning only 5 out of 18 games and ended up in the bottom four and dont forget North shifted mainly because of the poor crowds and facilities at Arden Street and the Coburg CC had offered to build a new $100,000 Social club roughly where the current scoreboard is.
The council also spent a lot of money putting in the terraces at that time and were going to spend a lot more on upgrading the ground for VFL matches.
The reason North had to go back to Arden Street was not because they had a bad season at Coburg City Oval but because in 1965 the Council members changed with new anti North members winning seats with the backing of the VFA and its clubs( myself and a few others from Sandy and other VFA clubs went door to door supporting the anti North councillors.) and with a majority now against them North decided to not go ahead with the Social Club building.
Conviently for the anti North forces the Council had over spent by many tens of thousands on the new Breadmeadows swimming pool and with the cost of improving the Coburg C O for North were in debt big time and had to raise the rates.
Northcote won a flag back in the 1920s at the old Motordrome which was the site for Olympic Park. It is just rubble at the moment but not sure what capacity it would hold there if it is only a training ground for Collingwood.
If it held 10,000 then it coulod be used fior lead up finals in the future. Punt Road probably a better option if it wasn't too narrow as with the new buildings and narrow space for spectators you might struggle to fit many in.
Casey Fields might not get too many especially if you have two teams from the other side of Melbourne. Imagine North Ballarat, Geelong or Bendigo playing there ?
Punt Road should be considered as a serious option .Lets face it the paltry crowds the VFL now would easily fit into Punt Road oval and have some room to spare.
Punt Road's locality makes it very appealing. At least the lead finals could be considered for Punt Road once the ground has been resurfaced and they work to make more space for the supporters to cram in. At the momnet you would be lucky to fit 500 people as it is narrow all over the ground due to its buildings and works in progress.
I remember about 10 years ago when they had some first class cricket games at Punt Road it was great atmsophere. They can create the same for lead up vfl finals.
The issue I have with Punt Road is the lack of parking. The Greenies don't like Yarra Park being used as a car park for the AFL. Coburg City Oval also has little parking. The current situation of having North Port for the lead up and Docklands for the Grand Final I think is a good mix. North Port has good public transport and plenty of parking. The only thing lacking is more areas undercover. Perhaps a few shade sails could be installed around the ground to provide extra cover.
What had a swimming pool in Broadmeadows to do with Coburg? They were different cities.
Yeah thinking back it was more likely either Pascoe Vale (Both Coburg and Broadmeadows councils shared part of Pascoe Vale in those days) or Oak Park pool that was being built but it was the catalyist for voters to turn on the councillors (mainly Labor) including the Mayor who had supported both the New pool where the costs had blown out massively and the money found to upgrade the Coburg City Oval which caused a big hole in the council funds.
VFA President the late Alex Gillion was one of the main organisers of the anti North supporters and with his experence as a longtime Brunswick councillor and Mayor it was invaluable.
Interestingly it was probibly the best thing to happen to North as the MCC who controlled Arden Street started to look after North a lot better when they returned.
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