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Lathlain Park

Lathlain Park
Brownes Stadium
Full name Lathlain Park Oval
Former names EFTel Stadium
Location Lathlain, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates

31°58′21″S 115°54′27″E / 31.97250°S 115.90750°E / -31.97250; 115.90750Coordinates: 31°58′21″S 115°54′27″E / 31.97250°S 115.90750°E / -31.97250; 115.90750

Built 1959
Opened 25 August 1959 (1959-08-25)
Owner Town of Victoria Park
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Manual
Capacity 20,000
Tenants
Perth Football Club (WAFL) 1959–

Lathlain Park (currently known as Brownes Stadium under a ground sponsorship arrangement) is an Australian rules football ground, located in Lathlain, an inner-eastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia.[1] Since its opening in 1959, it has been the home ground for the Perth Football Club, who play in the West Australian Football League (WAFL).

It was known only as Lathlain Park,[2] until 2003 when the Demons sold the naming rights to Eftel, an internet company, for a period of five years.[3]

The ground has also been used for rugby league games and was used three times previously by the New South Wales Rugby League for their former midweek competition. On 17 February 1977, the ground hosted an Amco Cup game between Western Australia and the Northern Territory, the locals winning 23-18. The next time the ground was used for top flight rugby league was 10 years later when two Preliminary round matches of the 1987 National Panasonic Cup were held there. WA defeated South Australia 18-16 on 5 April, before following that a week later with a 28-10 win against Victoria.[4]

Lathlain Oval was recorded in the National Rugby League history books in 1999, when the Melbourne Storm, in just their second season, defeated the Western Suburbs Magpies 62-6, with Storm winger Matt Geyer scoring 32 points from 4 tries and 9 goals in front of 8,236 fans. The Storm would go on to win the 1999 NRL Grand Final, becoming the youngest club to win a premiership since the leagues opening season in 1908.

In 2011 EFtel decided not to renew their contract, which gave WA dairy icon Brownes the naming rights of Lathlain Oval, and so for the past three years its sponsored name has been Brownes Stadium.

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