The History and Events of Etihad Stadium

Sport is such a huge part of the cultural landscape in Melbourne, so it makes sense that one of the city’s top attractions is a sporting ground home to numerous different games as well as other festivals and events throughout the year.

The Stadium has had many names, with it’s currently being Marvel Stadium, changed to this in 2018. Before this, it was known as Etihad Stadium, also known as the Docklands Stadium thanks to its location. Its previous sponsored names included the Colonial Stadium and Telstra Dome. But despite its everchanging names, it remains a local favourite, set in the bustling and vibrant Docklands precinct in the heart of Melbourne.

Marvel Stadium

The Beginning of Etihad Stadium

Work began on the stadium in October 1997 when it was given its working name, “Victoria Stadium”. It was completed three years later in 2000 after a spend of $460 million in Australian dollars.

The stadium was first built as a replacement for Waverley Park and was intended to be used predominantly for Australian rules football. Today, it remains a key sporting venue in the city but is also the headquarters of the Australian Football League, which has exclusively owned the arena since 2016.

As well as Australian rules football, Etihad Stadium is also home to a number of other events, both sporting and otherwise, including Twenty20 cricket matches, Melbourne Victory Association football matches, rugby league and rugby union matches, and special cultural events and concerts.

The History of Etihad Stadium

The first conceptualisation of the stadium was on the 31st October 1996 when it was planned to replace the larger venue of Waverley Park as the headquarters of the Australian Football League. It was chosen that the stadium would be constructed in Docklands, at the time a vast and predominantly empty part of the city. This was in part due to the fact that it was close to the city, and therefore public transport access and a substantial area for parking made it the optimal choice. After the establishment of the stadium, the area grew and it’s now a busy and integral part of the city thanks to the building of the stadium with many businesses and high-rises being constructed in the area.

The first match ever played on the ground was a momentous occasion and saw Essendon take on Port Adelaide. Crowd numbers reached more than 43,000 at that game and marked the start of the 2000 Australian Football League season.

Where to Go at Etihad Stadium

As well as seeing one of the city’s most beloved venues that plays host Australia’s most beloved teams, the stadium is also home to a number of other cultural and sporting events throughout the year. Etihad Stadium forms a large part of the cultural happenings in Melbourne, and a visit not only uncovers its interesting history and key sporting fixtures but gives you an insight into the burgeoning entertainment industry.

Australia Football League

Huge football games are played at the stadium throughout the season, and you can buy tickets to watch one of them while visiting the city. You can also watch events like the Australian Speedway Grand Prix and attend festivals like the Transmission festival and other concerts by big names in the entertainment industry.

So, grab a meat pie and a pot of beer and sit amongst the locals as they cheer for the exhilarating game before you. With both day and night games available, you can fit a game in easily no matter your busy schedule.

Music Concerts

It’s not just sport that brings the fans to Marvel Stadium, but the music as well! With a jam-packed schedule of musical concerts set to play at the Marvel Stadium, with many past celebrity musicians already making an appearance in the past. Enjoy a boogie and sing along to your favourite tunes in one of Marvel’s epic music nights!

Special Events

Throughout the year there are many occasions that are unique. With religious events, special sporting games, and even someone of a kind celebration. With unusual sporting events in Australia including the motorbike racing, including 2019’s AUS-X Open Melbourne, promising the largest international supercross and action sports event ever held outside of the United States of America. Other unique events include the International convention of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Held over 3 days for an informative experience.

What to do at Marvel Stadium

Victory

Being the largest and most versatile function room in Marvel Stadium, its undoubtedly quite full of bookings. Being either a massive room, or four smaller sections, the venue space offers visual demonstrations, dance space, conference areas, and more! Perfect for large businesses to host their Christmas parties, large conferences, or to schmooze their new clients.

Medallion Club

It’s renowned for being the most exclusive function facility. With a large outdoor balcony promising views over the Victoria Harbour, visitors can enjoy a summer day out in the sun or a romantic evening among the stars. With a large open indoor space, guests can enjoy the particular event from the outdoor seating, before coming inside to enjoy the indoor entertainment. One simple word to describe the venue is stylish, with delicious dinners served à la carte, with a long bar serving unique cocktails and locally brewed beer.

Southside Place

A brand-new cocktail place promising a sophisticated night filled with stunning ground views and award-winning service. With plenty of tables and standing space with room for up to 300 guests, the Southside Place is perfect for a romantic date night or a catch up with friends.

Garden Gate

Blending together the art style of Melbourne, with the skyline view of its skyscrapers. With both indoor and outdoor space, perfect for both summer and wintertime. Designed for lunch and afternoon drinks, the Garden Gate offers an everchanging range of food trucks that go perfectly with the local beers and wines served here. Enjoy a delicious Melbourne style cocktail as you enjoy the lively atmosphere this venue promises.

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