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New home for the Tigers
Claremont chief executive Todd Shimmon at Claremont Oval, which is undergoing a $45 million facelift over the next two years. Picture: Lincoln Baker/WA News

All six new entrances into the redeveloped Claremont Oval will be named after iconic club identities under plans to honour the Tigers' proud history.

Chief executive Todd Shimmon confirmed the proposal as the club shifts its entire football operations to the nearby Showground early this month.

The move is the latest phase in a transformation of their existing headquarters that will cost about $45 million once parking facilities and ancillary office buildings are included.

The State Government is giving Claremont $16.5 million to build their new home.

The Tigers are also waiting for Government approval to sell off a piece of prime Claremont Oval land worth $2.5 million to create a trust fund that will cover future maintenance costs for their redeveloped base.

The club has already received approval from the Town of Claremont to carve off 1798sqm from their original 5000sqm plot on the western side of the ground.

A developer has been identified who will buy the land and build an office block.

The Tigers are due to move back to a redesigned Claremont Oval in March 2016.

The venue's existing grandstand is scheduled to be demolished in early May in a major landmark for the redevelopment. About 800 new units will be built around the ground.

"You'll have six entry points where people can actually come into the oval and there's a walkway path around the outside," Shimmon said.

"We've been talking with the State Government and Town of Claremont about naming those entrances after Claremont icons.

"The apartments will be six to seven storeys around the oval. It probably will be a Colosseum noise-wise when you play."

Claremont intend to also recognise club identities Graham Moss, Ron Kyle, Pat Rodriguez, John O'Connell and Darrell Panizza with named features at the new ground.

A proposal to name each end after champion goal kickers George Moloney and Warren Ralph is still being considered.

Landgate's geographic names committee has refused the club's request to name a new access route Graham Moss Road in honour of WA's first Brownlow medallist.

However, Claremont will cite the examples of the Graham Farmer Freeway and Haydn Bunton Drive, in Subiaco, in contesting the decision. The Showgrounds train station will be opened for all home games in a bid to boost game-day crowds at Claremont's temporary home.

The Tigers will play nine home matches at the Showground in 2014, starting with their round-six game against Peel on April 26.

Rides and exhibitions managed by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA will be run on game days to increase the appeal for families.

The new grandstand will include a commercial gymnasium, sports medicine offices, two function rooms and an underground 200-bay park-and-ride facility.

All twilight matches and training will finish by 8.30pm due to noise and lighting restrictions.

The West Australian

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