Spectator mound possible for Memorial Oval

FAN FRIENDLY: Crowds at Memorial Oval may be able to gather on a spectator mound along the Gertrude Street wing.

FAN FRIENDLY: Crowds at Memorial Oval may be able to gather on a spectator mound along the Gertrude Street wing.

Spectators may soon have their own “tradition” to be nurtured in Port Pirie when a “Memorial Mound” is built at the football and cricket oval.

In the style of the time-honoured mound at Adelaide Oval, the proposed elevated, grass-covered earthwork could capture the imagination of sport lovers.

The mound could be built on the eastern side of the oval if enough spoil is available from construction and demolition work taking place for the multi-million-dollar sport hub.

“You could sit there with your blanket and chair and look out over the top of the parked cars to the oval,” said Andrew Johnson, council chief executive officer.

“With the realignment of the oval, the area beside the Gertrude Street wing would be parallel to the centre of the ground.

“It will give significant crowd capacity in big games such as an AFL NAB Cup match or other football, cricket and baseball matches.

“There would be financial savings because we would not have to take material off site.

“The aim is not to take any material off site. All the demolished bricks will be crushed and used as road base.”

He said the proposed mound would be reminiscent of the one at Adelaide Oval.

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