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rico
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VFL Grand Final........where ?
Just going a bit further with this topic picked up from another thread. There are suggestions of playing the GF at venues such as Docklands. Personally , I'd hate to see it. Like you onslaught I remember the Waverley debacle....what a blight on VFL footy to see a few thousand people scattered over the great expanses of then huge stadium. I reckon Docklands would present a similar picture. And I have to say that the mere thought of playing the jewel in the crown of SUBURBAN footy indoors makes me shudder with horror !!!!!! Personally , I've always been a fan of playing the GF at North Port but given the parking and inadequate changing room facilities I can wear a move to Princes Park...after all it IS still a suburban ground where SOME people can stand up and watch there footy. But Docklands......aaarrrrrrrgggghhhh ! I was a huge fan of developing Victoria Park as a VFL headquarters a few years ago but I fully appreciate the prohibitive costs of redevelopment in volved. But imagine a stadium of our own , playing all finals there and the match of the round each week plaus admin facilities etc etc all supported by a community based sporting complex and social club...............aahhh , dreams eh !! Anyway , for mine , keep the GF at a ground where people have to squeeze in for the big day and consequently DEMAND a bigger venue...then we'll worry about it. What do others think ?
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NorthPort
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They did play a Grand Final reasonably recently at Port (about 99/2000 ?) which drew about 8-10,000. The atmosphere was excellent, as the place was absolutely jam-packed. As a Port supporter I would love to see the Borough play a Grand Final at the ground :) I guess the neutralness (spelling.. or is that even a word?) of Princes Park makes it a good venue, and its size, and access to transport is good enough. Im not a huge fan of the ground, but cannot see a better option at this stage. There was talk of them redeveloping Showgrounds at one stage, and having taken a look at the site, Im glad they didnt because the shape of the ground and positioning of the grandstands would not have worked well for footy.

 


* It's time to restore the VFA name.

AJ
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I went to the Sandy / Frankston GF at Port in '97, it was a sensational atmosphere, but I think as the VFL's profile continues to rise and with sides that have the potential support of eg Willy, Box Hill, and Coburg, I just think they've got it about right with Princes Park, [i]if[/i] supporters of the affiliated clubs continue to jump on. As good as it was at Port, you wouldn't have wanted too many more in there.
footyman
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The VFL Grand Final hasn't been held at TEAC Oval since the VFL was restructured. Anyway I'm pretty sure Optus Oval has a year of a contract left for hosting the Grand Final.
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NorthPort
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[quote="footyman"]The VFL Grand Final hasn't been held at TEAC Oval since the VFL was restructured. Anyway I'm pretty sure Optus Oval has a year of a contract left for hosting the Grand Final.[/quote] There were a few other grounds the VFL investigated for hosting VFL Finals.. Victoria Park, Showgrounds, Moorabin.. Port Melbourne applied for lighting for Monday night Pay TV games, and the council approved them. Is the VFL / Footy Vic administration staying at the MCG, or moving, I thought that was part of the reason they were looking for a ground with admin facilities..

 


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footyman
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[quote="onslaught"] Port Melbourne applied for lighting for Monday night Pay TV games, and the council approved them. quote] Doubt the Monday night games will ever return just because there are so few teams in the VFL now. When C7 had them at Waverley in 2000 there were 18 teams in the competition and 9 games every weekend. Now there are 13 teams with 6 games each weekend. Most clubs now only have 9 home games instead of 10. I guess it depends on whether Fox Footy want Monday night games and how much they will cough up for them. I was told Football Vic compensated "home" teams in 2000 for losing home games that were played at Waverley. I'd like the lights to go up and Monday night footy return, but I wouldn't be too optimistic about it returning. I haven't heard the Port light plans talked about for about 2 years now.