Tre Cool wrote:
Do you think theyd let us play an otr game there next year? Looks like a great venue and has worked well in Oz playing TGG at cricket venues. Marketers dream too (get lost Gutterfax) as never been done before to my knowledge. Oval ball at the Oval?
It is a great venue, and Surrey CCC seem fairly innovative and proactive with marketing initiatives. (I think they'd do what they could to get the punters in even if our own club showed its usual inertia in that respect.) Unfortunately I think the clash of seasons would rule it out. Last day of cricket there this season is 7 September, and there's no way they'd let any code of football use it any earlier in the year than that. You're really only looking at October or November in terms of availability I think. If the Superleague season began and ended a month later it might be a goer.
Capacity is 23,500 and virtually the whole ground has been rebuilt during the last 25 years, so it's a fairly state of the art cricket ground these days with great corporate and members' facilities.
I saw the last Aussie Rules match there in October 2006 between Geelong and Port Adelaide and enjoyed it - I think it pulled around 15,000. (I'm not sure why it hasn't happened again since then, but don't think it's down to SCCC not wanting it.)
There's a football match due to be played there in early November this year between Royal Engineers and The Wanderers; the two clubs that contested the first ever FA Cup Final on the same ground in 1872.
The Oval probably has the best public transport links of any major sports ground in England. Only a couple of miles from the centre of the capital, it's got its own tube station with direct links to London Bridge, Waterloo, Euston and King's Cross, while Vauxhall tube/train station is only five minutes walk away, and there are various bus routes going in all directions.
Not sure I'd really want to watch RL in a cricket ground though. You'd be a long way from the action on at least some sides, depending exactly where the pitch was marked out. The Aussie Rules used the whole of the field and was marked out diagonally to the line of the cricket stumps.