TWO Reid Oval stakeholders say the chance to use the multi-million dollar facility from January 1 will restore some normality to their respective clubs.
Nestles, who is keen to host its Warrnambool and District Cricket Association games at the renovated oval post-Christmas, has used Jones Oval as a temporary home while Hampden league club Warrnambool dropped the anchor at Deakin University.
Nestles president Gary MacLean said the club was excited to make use of the facility, which will boast a state-of-the-art playing surface and lights.
He said the club was keen to explore playing twilight fixtures at the ground to make use of its high-quality floodlights.
"It's been a big project. We were all aware of that and we did well last season sharing the Jones Oval with (Southern Titans) and we were very grateful for that," MacLean said.
"There's an opportunity we might be able to play a couple of home games before Christmas down there again but it'll be nice to just come back to our home ground. Training has been away from the Reid and the logistics when you're not at home just become that little bit harder.
"We're certainly aware once we get our nets built and the social rooms are up and going a little bit of normality will sort of kick back in."
Warrnambool president Ken Radley said the Blues would work closely with Warrnambool City Council to determine the best course of action for its pre-season.
Radley said the club was excited to return to its home ground after a season on the road. The Blues started at Deakin University's The Pond but had to move training and games after it became unplayable due to excess mud and rain.
"Council has been really supportive of us this season," he said.
"We won't jump on there before they've given us the tick but we're really excited."
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