- Moorabbin Oval
Moorabbin Oval Linen House Oval Former names Moorabbin Oval Location 32-60 Linton Street, Moorabbin, Victoria Coordinates Coordinates: Opened 1952 Operator St Kilda Football Club Ltd Surface Grass Tenants St Kilda Football Club (1965-) VFL/AFL (1965-1992).
Melbourne Reds, ABL (1994-1999).
Moorabbin Oval, also known by its sponsorship name of Linen House Oval, is an Australian Rules Football ground in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at Linton Street in the suburb of Moorabbin.
The ground is notable for being the home of the St Kilda Football Club and a former VFL/AFL match venue when it hosted St Kilda home games.
The oval was first used by the Moorabbin Football Club which moved to the new ground from nearby Cheltenham in the 1950s.
The ground was subsequently redeveloped with a large grandstand and standing areas to facilitate VFL/AFL matches.
St Kilda Football Club
St Kilda Football Club's move to Moorabbin Oval was seen as highly successful. In its first season at the new ground the club played in front of capacity crowds. The Saints first ever home game at Moorabbin attracted a record crowd of 51,370 against Collingwood in Round 1, 1965 - a record that was never broken. St Kilda won its first premiership a year later in 1966.
St Kilda ceased playing home games at Moorabbin Oval in 1992 and began playing home fixtures at Waverley Park. The final AFL match for premiership points was in Round 20 of the 1992 AFL Premiership Season between St Kilda Football Club and the Fitzroy Lions. The most recent practice match was played in 2005 between St Kilda and North Melbourne Kangaroos which attracted 4,500 spectators. The ground is used for occasional St Kilda Football Club training matches.
The St Kilda Football Club played 254 matches for premiership points at Moorabbin Oval between 1964 and 1992. The Saints drew a total attendance of more than 5.39 million people to those matches at Moorabbin at an average attendance of 21,232.
St Kilda Football Club Match Record at Moorabbin Oval Venue Played Won Lost Drawn Most Recent Match Moorabbin Oval 254
1992 AFL Premiership Season Round 20 1965 to 1992
After home games ceased being played at Moorabbin Oval, the ground was extensively renovated to provide training, administration and entertainment facilities within the Huggins Stand and a heritage museum. Moorabbin Oval remains the club's training, administration and entertainment base. The G.G. Huggins Stand has three internal floors that contain player rooms, a fully equipped player gymnasium, football department meeting rooms, administration offices, a membership department, gaming room and bar, the Trevor Barker Room (a function room with a bar), club shop, trophy and memorabilia display areas and other facilities.
A new additional training and administration facility for the Saints, Linen House Centre in Seaford near Frankston, approximately 21 kilometers from Moorabbin, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2010 at a cost of approximately 10.45 million dollars. The development is a St Kilda Football Club development in conjunction with the Frankston City Council, the State Government Of Victoria and the AFL.
The St Kilda Football Club will retain Moorabbin Oval as a training, retail, museum and entertainment venue.
Moorabbin Oval was the home of the Melbourne Reds in the former Australian Baseball League from 1994 to 1999.
- Highest attendance: 51,370 - St Kilda Football Club vs Collingwood - 1965
- Highest winning margin: 140 points - Carlton Blues vs St Kilda - 1985
- Most goals: 323 - Tony Lockett St Kilda Football Club - 1983 to 1992
- Most goals in a game: 15 - Tony Lockett St Kilda Football Club vs Sydney - 1992
- Most games at Moorabbin: 128 - Barry Breen - 1965 to 1982
- Highest Score: 26.20 (176) - Sydney Swans vs St Kilda - 1985
- Best Defensive Score: St Kilda Football Club kept Geelong Cats to 3.3 (21) - 1971
- G. G. Huggins Stand (1965 – present)
- Linen House Oval (2007–present)
In popular culture
An abandoned Moorabbin Oval was the site of a police targeting sniper in Season 1 Episode 3 of the Melbourne-based police drama Rush.
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- ^ a b "Huge crowds flock to training". St Kilda Football Club Official Site. saints.com.au. 2009-09-22. http://www.saints.com.au/season2009/news/newsarticle/tabid/5315/newsid/85174/default.aspx. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- ^ http://www.saints.com.au/Season2007/News/NewsArticle/tabid/5315/Default.aspx?newsId=39760
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disused grounds:Arden Street Oval · Brunswick Street Oval · Coburg Oval · Corio Oval · East Melbourne Cricket Ground · Glenferrie Oval · Junction Oval · Lake Oval · Moorabbin Oval · Motordrome · Princes Park · Punt Road Oval · Toorak Park · Victoria Park · WACA Ground · Waverley Park · Whitten Oval · Windy Hill · Yarraville Oval
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