For my observation task I decided to choose one of my favourite places I visit, Leichhardt Oval. For anyone who has been to this ‘hallowed turf’ you will know that it is a space that could do with a massive design overhaul, but at the same time you just have to love the nostalgia it provides.
For starters, one will observe that there is very little parking available for the public. We usually walk almost 2km to the game as the closest public car park design is terrible. Once there, you have to try to fight your way through one of few gates that are open, complete with security bag checks. Right inside is the merchandise stand, so congestion builds quite quickly as people stop to shop.
Within the grounds there is very little undercover seating. Our ‘gold members’ seats are out in the elements so if it’s raining the ponchos provided to members definitely come in handy. Our seats are fold-up plastic seats on cold concrete with little room. Many a time I’ve nearly poked someone’s eye out with a madly waving Tigers flag.
Finding food and using the amenities is another challenge that suffers due to poor design. The female toilets are one end of grandstand and the food stands are at the other. There is also little room to move along the back of the seating, especially when coffee carts have been placed there so they are out of the weather!
Although Leichhardt Oval could use a facelift, the memories that the venue holds go back into the pages of history. Any design changes that may be implemented would need to be done so delicately to ensure that the history is maintained.