Fremantle’s grand final crowd push
SOUTH Fremantle and the City of Fremantle intend to make a submission to the State health department that could see a crowd of 12,000 people attend the WAFL grand final.
And a capacity crowd of that size at Fremantle Community Bank Oval would surpass the 11,987 who watched Subiaco upset East Perth at Subiaco
Oval in the 2014 decider.
The grand final crowd on October 4 is currently limited to 10,000 under the State Government’s Phase Four pandemic restrictions.
But the WAFL club and council believe closing off nearby Parry Street and using it for pre-match activities could help lift the crowd capacity in line with the ground’s increased footprint.
South Fremantle chief executive Cameron Britt said the club and council were confident of putting a compelling case to the State health authorities.
“The plan is to turn the stretch of Parry Street from the cappuccino strip to the Gerovich statue into a genuine fan zone that includes activities, merchandise stalls and bouncy castles,” Britt said.
“If that area is added to the ground footprint, there is a strong argument that we could get more fans in while meeting the State Government’s 2sqm rule.”