IF you told me 10 years ago that the plans were in motion for South Australian football to leave Football Park for the Adelaide Oval, I’d have been stunned.
But here we are, about to enter the fourth season of the AFL being played at Adelaide Oval, while Football Park’s demolition commenced on Monday.
Now, despite the fact the move to the Adelaide Oval helped save my club, Port Adelaide, it’s still a sad moment.
For me, Football Park was where my passion for football started.
I still remember walking to my first game, on my sixth birthday, against Collingwood.
I remember how intimidating the stadium was, how huge it was, but I couldn’t help but feel the excitement of going to the football to watch my idols.
‘Footy Park’, as it’s more colloquially known, is a special place to me.
I went to each Power home game with my nana, who always had her radio on, and my pa, whose passion for the sport was phenomenal.
To put it frankly, my time at Footy Park watching my heroes with two of the best people in my life helped develop me as a person.
Now, obviously, I more than likely could’ve had the same memories if it was at the Adelaide Oval, but it was about more than just being at the game.
The car trips home, which would’ve probably been train trips if it were at Adelaide Oval, were really good when we’d won, listening to Mark ‘Choco’ Williams’ press conference, and pretty quiet when we’d lost.
Honestly, Adelaide Oval is great, and I’ve enjoyed making the new memories and watching footy in a top-notch facility, but, to me, Footy Park will always be in my heart.
That said, for those footy fans who haven’t experienced the new Adelaide Oval – do it, it’s a must.