Games were once played at smaller inner suburban grounds .
Collingwood , played at Victoria Park , Carlton ,at Princes Park , andÂ South Melbourne at Lakeside Oval.Â North Melbourne played at Arden St , and Fitzroy , at Brunswick St Oval .Windy Hill was home to Essendon and the Punt Rd Oval housed Richmond , with Hawthorn at home in Glenferrie Oval ( the ” sardine can “) .
Fans often walked , rode a bike or caught the tram / train, short distances , to these matches in their football jumpers, jerseys , guernseys.
Big crowds and big money have made these grounds obsolete.
Victoria Park languishes but was recently used as a prop for a TV series .
Princes Park has been redeveloped as a training facility for the Blues and is also home to a merchandise shop and office .
The Fitzroy Oval hosts VAFA local football , with a team that plays in the traditional,Fitzroy strip.Windy Hill is Essendon’s, admin , training and spiritual home , as is the Punt Rd Oval for the Tigers.
Arden St, is the training and admin base for the Kangaroos,Â and Lakeside Oval is a reception centre and home to local soccer side . Glenferrie Oval, is open public space .
The AFL”S , 70’s white elephant , Waverley Park , is now home to residential housing , the notorious carpark buried under townhouses.
Fans go in their thousands wearing their football jumpers, jerseys , guernseys to watch their beloved teams play on the big stage.