BOX HILL CITY OVAL
The Main Entrance Gates at Box Hill City Oval were unveiled at the annual ANZAC Day match between the Box Hill Hawks and Coburg on 25th April 2007. Named after Ron and Barbara Gibbs, the gates have become one of City Oval’s features. The official opening of the main entrance was attended by the City of Whitehorse Mayor, Councillor John Koutras and Box Hill Hawks President, Mr. John Ure.
Ron and Barbara Gibbs have made a remarkable contribution to the Box Hill Hawks and to the local Whitehorse Community. Their combined committee service totals an astonishing 122 years.
This figure alone indicates the standing with which Barbara and Ron have at Box Hill. The legacy left by the pair is one of selfless volunteer service in many areas of the clubs operations. The Box Hill Hawks are delighted to acknowledge their contribution and honour them by naming the gates ‘The Ron and Barbara Gibbs Entrance
The City of Box Hill officially unveiled the City Oval Grandstand to the public on 27th November 1937. Mayor of Box Hill, Councillor John Keith Archer laid the commemorative stone.
The Grandstand is one of the few undercover areas at Box Hill City Oval. The stand also encompasses the umpires’ room as well as the visitor’s rooms.
The visitor’s rooms were previously divided into two rooms which housed both the home and away teams on match days In 1976, the Grandstand capacity was reduced for the building of the social club.
The social club is located at the back of the Grandstand, with a viewing area from inside the pavilion.
City Oval’s Federation Gates were officially opened on Saturday, 28th July 2001, by City of Whitehorse Mayor, Councillor Bill Bowie. The gates were designed and built to commemorate 100 years of Australian Federation.
Consisting of rock, red brick and polished stainless steel, the materials are designed to represent various building products used in local housing at different times over the 100 year period.
The red brick has particular significance with the Box Hill Brick Company, an important part of history in the local area. Whilst visually impressive, the gates are unfortunately under utilised on match-days and only used as access points for council and emergency vehicles.
The Scoreboard at Box Hill City Oval is located at the South-Eastern corner of the ground near the Federation Gates. Situated in a prominent position, it is visible to all who attend Box Hill Hawks matches.
The Scoreboard is named in honour of Andrew Jackson, a former Mayor and Councillor of the Box Hill City Council and past Chief Executive Officer at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. Andrew through his involvement at Whitehorse City Council (following the amalgamation of Box Hill Council with Nunawading Council), developed a keen interest in the football club and fought to support its welfare and improvement at Council level. Andrew served as a Director of the Box Hill Football Club from 1996 to 1998.
He was instrumental in the achievement of several major improvements at City Oval in the late 1990s, including Council’s purchase of the final 3 residential houses adjoining the ground and turning this land into public car parks. Following Andrew’s passing in 1999, the Club named the scoreboard the ‘Andrew Jackson Scoreboard’