News Jack Dyer Stand to be bulldozed in Punt Road Oval redevelopment

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Richmond has outgrown its spiritual Punt Road Oval home and a link to its past will be lost when the club embarks on a $60 million Redevelopment.

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A $60 million revamp at Punt Road Oval — boasting an expanded MCG-sized training ground — will force the demolition of the famous Jack Dyer Stand.

The historic Tigerland grandstand, built in 1914, will make way for new public seating and amenities, female change rooms, community facilities and a function centre — catering for crowds of up to 8000 for AFLW and second-tier men’s matches.

Richmond president Peggy O’Neal said the back-to-back AFL premiers had outgrown their spiritual home.

“Richmond is where we belong, and Punt Road Oval is our home,” O’Neal said.

“We need to keep evolving as a club and after careful consideration, the board believes this redevelopment will best meet our future needs, that of our fans and the community.”

The Jack Dyer Stand is not heritage listed but has heritage overlay, requiring planning approval for demolition.

The Punt Road Oval masterplan will see the football department take over the club’s current headquarters, opened in 2011, and the construction of new facilities to house the Korin Gamadji Institute, Bachar Houli Foundation and its women’s football program.

Tigers chief executive Brendon Gale said: “As of late last year, we have had to relocate a large chunk of our administration staff into portable offices and long-term that is unsustainable.

“We have gone from one team to five in recent years (including the club’s wheelchair team) and that has put significant space pressure on both our football program and the broader administration, including some industry leading community programming.”

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The Andrews Government will pour $15.5 million into the project on top of $15 million in funding secured from the Federal Government.

Richmond and other key stakeholders will raise the balance.

Gale said the proposed building, to be named the William Cooper Centre after the Indigenous activist who died in 1941, would provide:

ELITE-level facilities to support the growth of women’s football;

A FLEXIBLE learning space for the club’s Korin Gamadji Institute programming that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth;

ACCOMMODATION for Melbourne Indigenous Transition School students who complete Year 7 on-site at Richmond Football Club;

A BASE for the recently established Bachar Houli Foundation.

“A strong football club is not only highly-competitive football teams and an administration to support them, but the broader work we do with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and through our diversity and inclusion programming,” Gale said.

“I’m particularly excited about what this facility could do for the Bachar Houli Foundation. “We see him as a national treasure and this facility could enable his Foundation, and the work it does to promote social cohesion, to really take off.

“So much of what Bachar does is nation building – this facility will enable him to deliver programs of national significance.”

Sports Minister Martin Pakula said: “Every footballer deserves an equal chance to play the game to the best of their ability and that’s why we back initiatives that provide a level playing field.

“Beyond the game, Richmond have shown leadership in their community involvement and the new facilities will allow them to extend this reach.”

 

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Richmond has outgrown its spiritual Punt Road Oval home and a link to its past will be lost when the club embarks on a $60 million Redevelopment.

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A $60 million revamp at Punt Road Oval — boasting an expanded MCG-sized training ground — will force the demolition of the famous Jack Dyer Stand.

The historic Tigerland grandstand, built in 1914, will make way for new public seating and amenities, female change rooms, community facilities and a function centre — catering for crowds of up to 8000 for AFLW and second-tier men’s matches.

Richmond president Peggy O’Neal said the back-to-back AFL premiers had outgrown their spiritual home.

“Richmond is where we belong, and Punt Road Oval is our home,” O’Neal said.

“We need to keep evolving as a club and after careful consideration, the board believes this redevelopment will best meet our future needs, that of our fans and the community.”

The Jack Dyer Stand is not heritage listed but has heritage overlay, requiring planning approval for demolition.

The Punt Road Oval masterplan will see the football department take over the club’s current headquarters, opened in 2011, and the construction of new facilities to house the Korin Gamadji Institute, Bachar Houli Foundation and its women’s football program.

Tigers chief executive Brendon Gale said: “As of late last year, we have had to relocate a large chunk of our administration staff into portable offices and long-term that is unsustainable.

“We have gone from one team to five in recent years (including the club’s wheelchair team) and that has put significant space pressure on both our football program and the broader administration, including some industry leading community programming.”

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The Andrews Government will pour $15.5 million into the project on top of $15 million in funding secured from the Federal Government.

Richmond and other key stakeholders will raise the balance.

Gale said the proposed building, to be named the William Cooper Centre after the Indigenous activist who died in 1941, would provide:

ELITE-level facilities to support the growth of women’s football;

A FLEXIBLE learning space for the club’s Korin Gamadji Institute programming that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth;

ACCOMMODATION for Melbourne Indigenous Transition School students who complete Year 7 on-site at Richmond Football Club;

A BASE for the recently established Bachar Houli Foundation.

“A strong football club is not only highly-competitive football teams and an administration to support them, but the broader work we do with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and through our diversity and inclusion programming,” Gale said.

“I’m particularly excited about what this facility could do for the Bachar Houli Foundation. “We see him as a national treasure and this facility could enable his Foundation, and the work it does to promote social cohesion, to really take off.

“So much of what Bachar does is nation building – this facility will enable him to deliver programs of national significance.”

Sports Minister Martin Pakula said: “Every footballer deserves an equal chance to play the game to the best of their ability and that’s why we back initiatives that provide a level playing field.

“Beyond the game, Richmond have shown leadership in their community involvement and the new facilities will allow them to extend this reach.”

 

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I like it... as much as I'd hate to see the old JD Stand go, it'd be great to have a functional space for the club & fans.
And before the punters go off on tradition, the MCC knocked down their historical stand when they built the new Olympic Stand, the Yankees knocked down their entire stadium to build a new one etc etc
It's time we move into the future.
 

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The Jack Dyer stand was there before Jack Dyer and the stand was named after him from what i know (stand to be corrected)
Im sure they will keep some part of the stand somewhere for historical reason and there is no issue with naming the new stand the Dyer/Martin stand

I am very happy to see my club going foward
 

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Jack Dyer’s son wants his father’s name on new Punt Road building that will replace historic grandstand

The son of Jack Dyer has been assured the Richmond legend won’t be forgotten when the grandstand named in his honour is removed for the Punt Road Oval upgrade.

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The son of Richmond legend Jack Dyer wants his father’s name incorporated on the new building that will replace the famous old grandstand named in his honour.

The Tigers and the Victorian State Government announced plans on Tuesday for a $60m Punt Road Oval redevelopment.

As part of the plans, the Jack Dyer Stand will be demolished and replaced by a state-of-the-art structure with new public seating and amenities, women’s changerooms, a community centre, and a function centre, with the redeveloped ground set to cater for 8000 fans for AFLW games and second-tier matches.

The proposed building, which will include the Korin Gamadji Institute, the Bachar Houli Foundation and the club’s women’s football program, will be named the William Cooper Centre after the Indigenous activist who died in 1941.

The redevelopment will also see the club boast an expanded MCG-size training oval.
Tigers chief executive Brendon Gale rang Jack Dyer Jr. on Tuesday to assure him his father’s statue would form a key part of the Punt Road master plan.
“Brendon rang me to let me know what was going on,” said Jack Dyer Jr, who himself played three games with the club in 1960.
“He explained to me what they were going to do and why they were doing it.

“The main thing I was worried about was what was going to happen to the (Dyer) statue outside the ground. I said to him ‘What are you doing to do with that?’ and he said ‘We will be looking after it’.
“I can understand why they are doing (the redevelopment). We want to see the club keep moving forward.”

[PLAYERCARD]Daniel Rioli[/PLAYERCARD] poses next to the Jack Dyer statue at Punt Road Oval in 2017. Picture: Getty Images
Daniel Rioli poses next to the Jack Dyer statue at Punt Road Oval in 2017. Picture: Getty Images

But the 79-year-old would love to see his father’s name on the outside of the new facility, even if the centre was named after Cooper – for the sake of Dyer’s contribution and for his family who are still passionate Tigers’ fans.

“Brendon did say that Dad’s name would still be there somewhere, but he didn’t say they would name the stand after him,” Dyer Jr said.

“I’m not angry, as I’m in favour of keeping the club strong and successful.
“But I’d still love to see Dad’s name retained there somewhere.
“He gave so much to the club, not just as a player across 19 years (seasons), but for many years after that.”

It is understood the Tigers are looking at ways to appropriately honour Dyer, who carried arguably the most famous name in Richmond’s celebrated history.
Known as ‘Captain Blood’, Jack Dyer Sr was one of the toughest and best players of all-time, playing 312 games from 1931-49, and coaching the club for 12 seasons.

He went on to become one of the game’s most loved media personalities, forging a unique partnership alongside the late Lou Richards.
Dyer died in 2003, aged 89.

The Punt Rd grandstand, which was built in 1914, originally carried another name, but was re-named after Dyer in 1998 at one of his last official functions.

It remains one of the few remaining stands from the VFL’s early years.
While it is not heritage listed, it has heritage overlay, which means planning approval is required before demolition.

Richmond legend Jack Dyer with his son Jack Dyer Jr.
Richmond legend Jack Dyer with his son Jack Dyer Jr.

Dyer Jr said his father would have been delighted by the three flags the club has won across the past four seasons.
“He would have loved to have seen it happen,” he said.
“If he and Lou (Richards) were still around, I’d love to listen to what both of them would be saying.”
Dyer Jr watches the Tigers from afar now, given his blood pressure rises whenever he watches them play.
“I don’t watch them play in the flesh now,” he said.

“My wife laughs at me, but my blood pressure goes up that high.

“I couldn’t watch on Grand Final night … it wasn’t until my wife yelled out that we were 30 points in front, that I thought ‘That’s OK, I can watch now’.”

He said the Dyer family were still passionate Tiger fans, and were extremely proud of his father’s achievements.

 
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