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Waverley Park

UPDATED: 20/02/2012


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Waverley during its last official AFL game in 1999Situated in Melbourneís outer Eastern suburbs, Waverley Park (formally VFL Park and now officially the Ricoh Centre) underwent a massive transformation in 2002 from a 72,000-seat sports stadium to one of Australiaís largest housing estates. The ground itself and a majority of the Sir Kenneth Luke Stand has been retained as the centre of the new development as well as the training and administrative base of the Hawthorn Football Club.

 

Waverley Park was built by the Victorian Football League (now the AFL) in 1970 at a cost of $3 million. The ground was later further developed, however it was never completed how the original plans proposed Ė a 140,000 all-seater stadium with the main grandstand circling the entire ground.

 

The ground was built by the VFL to become the new ground of the sport, however this never fully eventuated with the annual Grand Final remaining at the MCG. Other sports played at the ground included World Series Cricket and Baseball. It hosted the VFL game of the week and in the 1990ís, Hawthorn Football Club became the first club to call the venue home, St.Kilda Football Club followed soon after. The biggest game Waverley hosted was the 1991 Grand Final between Hawthorn and West Coast Eagles, moved from the MCG due to the construction of the Great Southern Stand.

 

Waverley Park in 2006 following the development

 

A downfall of Waverley Park was its location. While itís actually located near the geographic centre of Melbourne and serviced by a major freeway, itís a long way from the CBD and lacks public transport. The ground did however have a huge car park, although it seemed to take hours to escape it following the game. A major feature of the ground was its seating for 72,000 patrons, however its negatives outweighed its positives: lack of undercover seating, poor spectator facilities, minimal corporate facilities, a two-coloured video screen and the fact it was located in a rain belt meaning cold and often wet weather.

 

The construction of the state-of-the-art 55,000-seat Docklands Stadium signalled the end of Waverley Park. The last AFL premiership season game was played at Waverley Park in Round 22, 1999 between Hawthorn and Sydney in front of a sell-out crowd of 72,130. AFL pre-season and VFL games were held at the venue the following year. The last ever game played at the venue was the 2000 Victorian Football League Grand Final.

 

Waverley Park in 2006 following the development

 

Maintenance at the ground became non-existent and a large amount of vandalism took place with smashed windows, once-exclusive super boxes trashed, walls sprayed with graffiti and the ground surface which was once the best in the league was reduced to a field of weeds.

 

Plans by the stadiumís owner, the Australian Football League, to sell the venue were met with strong criticism. Concepts included converting it into a theme park, turning it into housing, and the slight possibility remained in keeping it as an AFL ground. The AFL shortly after released a statement declaring AFL Football would no longer be played at the ground. From this point on, Waverley Parkís days as a professional sporting venue seemed doomed.

 

Waverley was sold by the AFL in December 2001 to property group Mirvac who proposed to turn the 80-hectare site into a $700 million fully integrated residential community of national significance. The site will eventually include 1400 new dwellings and be home to 3500 people. Included in the plans were to retain the ground itself as well as a majority of the heritage-listed members grandstand.

 

Demolition work commenced in December 2002 and Hawthorn Football Clubís new headquarters were completed in March 2006. Eight bays of the Sir Kenneth Luke Stand have been retained and turned into a state-of-the-art training and administrative facility for the Hawks as well as a community facility. The facility, which incorporates an MCG-dimension oval (the size of the playing arena has been reduced from the original size), includes a 25m heated indoor pool plus four refrigerated ice tanks, gymnasium with 60m running track and a warm-up area with projection and screen facilities to simulate match-day conditions. The grandstand has seating for around 200 patrons with plenty of standing room in front of the stand as well as around the ground. The seating in the top level of the grandstand has also been retained.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria Address: Wellington Rd, Mulgrave 3170
Capacity: 8,000 Seats: 2,000 (25% of capacity)
Record Crowd: 92,935 VFL Queens Birthday Weekend Hawthorn Vs Collingwood 1981 Highest Crowd since 1/1/2003:
Lights: No Arena Roof: No
Video Screen: No Arena Dimensions:
Built: 1970 Redeveloped: 2006
Former/Other Names: VFL Park
AFL Park
Ricoh Centre
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