AFTER almost four years away, the Claremont Football Club will return to its traditional home ground of 127 years at Claremont Oval on Saturday.
Claremont chief executive Graham Moss was handed the keys to the club’s new multimillion-dollar clubrooms last Wednesday ahead of its official opening this weekend, when Claremont will play at the oval for the first time since September 2013.
“The wait has been worth it,” Mr Moss said.
“It took longer than we anticipated, but it was certainly worthwhile.
“This building is magnificent; it will certainly be the envy of every WAFL club.”
The $15.5 million facility comprises a 600-seat grandstand with standing and viewing areas for a further 600 people, spacious function facilities, and home and away team change rooms.
“It’s more than just a football club,” Mr Moss said. “We will be working closely with the Town of Claremont to make sure it becomes the community hub and we will be encouraging the western suburbs community to use the facilities.”
The Claremont precinct will house a number of tenants, including Hello Tiger cafe, LifeCare Physiotherapy and Revo Fitness, which opened last Wednesday.
Owner Andrew Holder said he was thrilled to be part of the club’s new era.
“It’s really exciting to be a part of the Claremont footy club and all of the developments happening within the area,” Mr Holder said.
“Because they (Claremont) have their own facilities, it means there’s better usage for the public, as they have their own gym and change rooms inside the club.”
The fourth gym in the Revo group, Mr Holder said his newest venture was the largest at 820sq m, and featured showers, change rooms and 24-hour access.
“With the pool across the road and the physio and cafe next door, it’s like a fitness hub now,” he said.
Claremont Mayor Jock Barker echoed Mr Holder’s excitement.
“I think it’s fantastic to see the whole thing come together with the oval and the stadium; it would have to be the best local football club in the state,” he said.
“We’re very fortunate to have this in the Town of Claremont. Claremont Football Club is an icon, has been for many years and the Town is very supportive of the football club and its activities; it’s a great partnership.”