What is your most hated ground that has been used for AFL? the

budge27

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North Hobart had a magnificent atmosphere when full but the facilities, apart from one poorly positioned, new-build stand erected in the late 80s after the original one was burnt down in an arson attack, were at best, 1940s standard.
The ground hadn't changed since 1923 when Fitzroy and SOO were played there in the early 90s.
Does have a 100% better playing surface now though.
North Hobart was like it was primarily because of a useless and lazy Hobart City Council who also lost the cricket to Clarence City Council (Bellerive) in the 1980s because of a similar lack of maintenance and investment of the old TCA Ground.
I’ve often wondered why Bellerive Oval was developed when the TCA ground appeared to have a lot more going for it - it was in a park close to the city centre, with room for parking and redevelopment of the grandstands yet they chose to redevelop Bellerive which has none of those attributes....
 

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Gersman

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I’ve often wondered why Bellerive Oval was developed when the TCA ground appeared to have a lot more going for it - it was in a park close to the city centre, with room for parking and redevelopment of the grandstands yet they chose to redevelop Bellerive which has none of those attributes....
There's probably a lot of reasons but most people in Hobart agree with you, 100%.
The TCA as well as North Hobart are in the Hobart City Council's boundary and in the 80s the HCC were utterly hopeless and supposedly were broke and spent nothing on facilities in their area.
They had the chance to buy the old Blind, Deaf & Dumb Institute next to North Hobart Oval for a dollar in order to turn North Hobart into a proper stadium but declined to do that either!
Both cricket and football were making noises about moving their HQ's away from Hobart by the mid-1980s - TFL Football to KGV and TCA Cricket to Bellerive - so the HCC would stump up some much needed cash for facility upgrades.
At that time Clarence Football Club's president was Dennis Rogers, who left that post to become chairman of the Australian Cricket Board.
Clarence Football and Cricket Clubs both played out of a shoddy, suburban oval named Bellerive Oval!
Once Rogers became ACB chairman, he was able to network various contacts into securing all sorts of funding to renovate Bellerive Oval to become the next Australian Test cricket venue, the TCA left the TCA Ground in early 1987 and the rest was history.
The TFL stayed at North Hobart and died in 2000, AFL Tasmania eventually moved over to Bellerive only a few years ago.
Also, it was thought that the view of the river and mountain in the background would come up a treat on national and international TV screens to entice tourism.
The conditions generally on the Eastern Shore are usually a little warmer than across the western side of Hobart where the city and suburbs are under the mountain.
In the early 80s the big push was to move both cricket and football to KGV and build a 27k seat stadium which never eventuated.
Am very surprised Bellerive doesn't have a stand named after Dennis Rogers as he was as responsible for that as anybody being rebuilt.
 

raymond35

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Jan 5, 2004
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Windy Hill. Shocking place.
Had a bowling club butting onto the ground, so a fair slab of the place was out of bounds for supporters. It had a string of ugly, drab concrete grandstands and hardly any room behind each goal.
It was in the middle of nowhere too, just a park in the northern suburbs on a cramped site they tried to turn into a stadium. Yuk.
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Yep, would have been ok for games that drew 15,000, but was ridiculously small to have Essendon hosting Collingwood Carlton and Richmond.
 

Howard Littlejohn

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I’ve often wondered why Bellerive Oval was developed when the TCA ground appeared to have a lot more going for it - it was in a park close to the city centre, with room for parking and redevelopment of the grandstands yet they chose to redevelop Bellerive which has none of those attributes....
Two things mostly, I think.
1. It was for cricket, and it rains less on the eastern shore
2. Denis Rogers was just starting build his powerbase in Australian cricket, and was president of Clarence footy and cricket club.
 
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