Centenary Oval non-smoking area extended

NO SMOKE: Football operations manager Robyn Rowsell said the new non-smoking area was established in consideration of football patrons.
NO SMOKE: Football operations manager Robyn Rowsell said the new non-smoking area was established in consideration of football patrons.

Smokers will have to avoid lighting up in another area of Centenary Oval from this weekend after the Port Lincoln Football League extended the oval’s non-smoking area.

The league has extended the non-smoking area to include the space between the grandstand and the canteen from this Saturday.

Non-smoking areas were already established at the grandstand and canteen with the combined area now incorporating nearly one quarter of the oval’s exterior area.

The league’s football operations manager Robyn Rowsell said this was requested by some of the patrons attending matches at Centenary.

“What we were finding was even if people were sitting or standing just outside the undercover area (while smoking), smoke was blowing back towards canteen and bar staff as well as patrons,” she said.

Ms Rowsell said club presidents had been approached about extending the non-smoking area and supported the move.

No smoking signs will be put up in the area and a red line will be painted on the ground just north of the canteen to indicate where the non-smoking area begins.

Smoking will still be permitted in most of the remaining area around the oval exterior including to the north of the canteen and in the car park.

Ms Rowsell said although the requests for the non-smoking area were recent it was something the league was thinking about due to government regulations banning smoking from outdoor dining areas.

“We are trying to be proactive to make sure all patrons are comfortable coming to the football,” she said.

She said there was sure to be people who would be upset about losing another area to smoke at the oval.

"We believe some people will be concerned about that but we have to be concerned about patrons’ health and comfort,” she said.

Ms Rowsell said the league was part of the Good Sports program and was encouraged to have a non-smoking policy in place.