Panthers ground sidelined for O & M grand final until 2020

THE Ovens and Murray grand final will not be held at the Lavington Sports Ground for the next two years, ending a tradition spanning more than two decades. 

Albury Council ended speculation on Tuesday following the ongoing redevelopment of the site. 

This year’s grand final will be the first time the game will be hosted at a different venue since 1994. 

JOB SITE: The Lavington ground is undergoing a major redevelopment.

JOB SITE: The Lavington ground is undergoing a major redevelopment.

Mayor Kevin Mack said the construction of the grandstand and amenities building wouldn’t start until later this year. 

“We are totally focused on the redevelopment and there are no plans to bid to host major events until the stadium is fully completed in 2019,” he said. 

The grandstand and amenities area redevelopment will start in October and take about a year to complete. 

The project has been running over budget after the discovery of unsuitable soil on the secondary site. 

Mr Mack said the council would welcome the opportunity to bid for the game with Lavington Panthers in 2020.