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Fremantle Oval Redevelopment & Renewal 5 months 1 week ago #203503

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Hopefully, if South Freo is redeveloped the ground is moved to align with the Victoria Pavilion.  The outer is redeveloped to keep the amphitheatre feeling.  Obviously the club rooms would also be new. 

Also, what I think in an absolute necessity is that there are commercial opportunities that provide a non-football revenue stream for South Freo.

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Fremantle Oval Redevelopment & Renewal 5 months 6 days ago #203553

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Oh great....another facility like Lathlain and Claremont. No outer bank.....no atmosphere....capacity down to less than 10 thousand. Yuck! Fremantle is great.....only needs a few deft touches...not a reduction...the 2020 grand final proved that

 



mate it wont be anything like Claremont of Lathlain, The capacity is set at a minimum of 16K, so the vast majority of the ground will remain as stadium ground, the concept is for the eastern side to be turned into Grass and Tree lined terrace, the entire Oval moved to the left to align with the Vic Pav. The SFFC and old Dockers building to be demolished and turned into a state of the art members stand for sffc and ffc womens side with shared gym/community facilties and some commercial let spaces. 

High grade TV standard lights and a new media facility will complete the picture.

Fremantle has far more heritage considerations than either Claremont or Lathlain, so no bulldozers will clear the place.



But the most important statement is on a big commitment to crowd capacity, 16,000 is locked in, so it will be the biggest highest quality WAFL facility in the state. 

Personally I would of thought the perfect size was 20,000 that would make it the ideal "second" Australian Rules Venue in the State.  That would lock it in as the new home of WAFL finals, AFL pres seasons, womens football , country weeks  - you name it.
 
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I think you'll still have the outer scoreboard side in all reality mate - it's the Port side of the ground and Hospital end that is in the barrel and sought after
Hoping there is some works to spruce up the Scoreboard flank there's good opportunity to get some public amenities fitted - it has great potential for even better viewing perches

I hope so mate. Sometimes when I hear redevelopment - since Lathlain - I worry. For me, that "redevelopment" has been an eyesore and a disaster. They didn't need to do it that way.

That scoreboard and outer bank was an iconic part of WA football.
 

I've got no idea wtf happened with Lathlain, its been two or 3 years now and the thing is a shambles, the old stand is there looking worse then ever the much vaunted plans have not come to fruition.

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Fremantle Oval Redevelopment & Renewal 5 months 6 days ago #203589

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I love the old prison wall. It' a fascinating sight. I wouldn't knock down that. It's part of Fremantle history.

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With the playing surface being moved close up to the old stand it will provide 20-30 m extra depth on the prison side of the ground, I agree with LH, leave the wall so it maintains that cauldren feel and the outer will be twice as deep so plenty of space for new terracing and maybe a big awning structure for some shelter on that side, and keep the old scoreboard!!
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I love the old prison wall. It' a fascinating sight. I wouldn't knock down that. It's part of Fremantle history.
 

I agree fully, in fact I think they will have serious heritage issue with demolition of that as its at least 100 years old, there are photos of people standing on bikes to look over the wall at footy games for free from turn of last century, and I do not think it should be pulled down.

We lost some great heritage when the 1921 Gates were torn down to put the Parry Street extension through - the agreement was that they would be rebuilt, but it never happened. The replacement ones are not a patch on them.

 
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With the playing surface being moved close up to the old stand it will provide 20-30 m extra depth on the prison side of the ground, I agree with LH, leave the wall so it maintains that cauldren feel and the outer will be twice as deep so plenty of space for new terracing and maybe a big awning structure for some shelter on that side, and keep the old scoreboard!!
 

yes SS, with the movement of the Oval, there will be ample room left on the eastern side for spectator development.

The toilet block at the hospital end will also go.

Behind the goals at the hospital end they have built a temporary stand, that could easily be extended around the pocket to provide seating as far as you liked over existing terraces. The wall as you say provides a real natural amphitheater.

 
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Fremantle Oval Redevelopment & Renewal 5 months 6 days ago #203647

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The most works will be conducted from the carpark zone to the south (and in front of) the Victoria Stand around to the Hospital end banks 
The outer as Baz mentioned is to be tidied up and upgraded led to believe there may be plans for a new ablution facility somewhere but that could be a part of the Hospital end project too
The Gerovich gates are being preserved I believe and that will be the entrance & no carpark entry point of course is a preferred option , well there wouldn't be any space left anyway
So the natural existing amphitheatre outlook is to be retained and expanded - the Jail gate is another unknown and could go altogether 
Scoreboard must stay - it's a cracker & so easy to see she's a beauty
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