Fre­man­tle’s grand fi­nal crowd push

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT - John Townsend

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.”

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