Thursday, February 29, 2024

Hobart oval reaching new heights

Wheelchair spectators at North Hobart Oval can now enjoy a bird’s eye view of sporting events with the opening today of a fully accessible lift in the venue’s Doug Plaister Stand. 

“To finally provide access to the Doug Plaister Stand for people with a disability or those who simply cannot climb three flights of stairs is a very exciting development for North Hobart Oval and the North Hobart Football Club,” said City of Hobart, Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds.

“The new lift opens up a space that is protected from the weather and provides a magnificent view from which to watch the football on those cold winter days and ensure everyone has access to some of the best seats in the house.” 

The new lift services all three levels of the stand from accessible parking spaces at ground level, including the corporate box, function room and toilets on the second level. 

As part of a $643,000 refurbishment, two designated viewing areas in the Doug Plaister Stand have also been added for people in wheelchairs.

The stand was previously only accessible by stairs, making it off-limits for those in a wheelchair or with mobility issues. 

The lift is the latest in a raft of recent improvements to the much-loved ground, which recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first official match held there in May 1922. 

“This $643 000 project follows the construction of a new kiosk, bar, wet area, and coaches boxes as well as a full refurbishment of all change rooms in recent years,” Lord Mayor Reynolds said. 

“All of these improvements plus the ground’s location and its amphitheatre atmosphere make North Hobart Oval an ideal venue, not just for footy, but also other sports and events. 

“The North Hoart Football Club should be applauded for their passion and drive in making this project a reality.” 

The project was managed by the North Hobart Football Club and jointly funded by the City of Hobart, State and Federal Governments. 

The City of Hobart contributed $223,000 to the project, the Tasmanian Government $370,000 and $50,000 came from the Australian Government.

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