It is quite obvious that this city needs more ovals, not less.
The experience at the Eastern Oval would suggest that the more traffic it has the worse it gets, having had to be re-surfaced recently.
What would happen if Lake Wendouree had to play on it as well?
The issue really is about what council is doing (or not doing) about Ballarat's grounds. It is time it took a leaf out of the City of Geelong's book and began a program of upgrading the city's ovals in the medium term.
In the short term, it should look at better ways of maintaining ovals currently. Obviously, current practices aren't working.
I struggle to understand why the grass on our ovals is cut almost to ground height and then the grounds are rolled, usually leaving tractor marks through them.
A bit of strategic thinking about fixturing by the league might also help, with fewer games in June and July in Ballarat and more in the eastern half of the league during this time, as the grounds there seem to hold up better during this period.
But, ultimately, our council should begin to truly recognise the important part our football clubs play in the fabric of our community and reward hard-working volunteers and the thousands of participants with a commitment to improving our facilities.
The recent gutting of its sport and recreation department, however, doesn't provide me with much hope that this will happen.