Coburg City Oval (officially known as Piranha Park due to naming-rights) is a suburban football ground located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Opened in 1915, the ground is the home of VFL club Coburg Lions. A $7 million redevelopment of the grandstand and playing surface was completed in June 2021 to improve the venue's facilities. Located at the southern end of the ground, the grandstand was damaged by fire in 2003 but never fully repaired until upgrade works commenced in 2020. Following the project, the facility now features four change rooms, gym and umpire facilities, upstairs function room and kitchen, and undercover seating for 200 spectators. The ground's drainage was also improved, while further improvements are planned for the playing surface and terracing.
Concrete terracing surrounds most of the ground with some grassed areas at the northern end, while there is an additional 230 seats located in front of the grandstand. The total capacity is estimated at around 10,000. Media facilities, coaches boxes and the canteen are located next to the grandstand towards the wing. An electronic scoreboard is located opposite the grandstand and the ground has lighting suitable for training.
Coburg City Oval was home of the North Melbourne Football Club for one year in 1965, moving its playing and training base to the ground from Arden Street Oval. The move was intended to be permanent, with discussions to sign a 40-year lease, however the club decided to move back to North Melbourne after just eight months. During that season, the Kangaroos averaged home crowds of 13,146 and a record crowd of 21,626 against Collingwood in round 10. As well as hosting Coburg Lions VFL games and finals matches for local community leagues including the VAFA and NFNL, the Coburg Cricket Club is also based at the ground.
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