Australia’s first truly ‘multi-purpose’ stadium and the centrepiece of the Docklands redevelopment in Melbourne
The Etihad Stadium (formerly known as Telstra Dome, Colonial Stadium and Victoria Stadium) is Australia’s first truly ‘multi-purpose’ stadium and forms the centrepiece of the Docklands redevelopment in Melbourne.
Completed in January 2000 for a cost of $460M, the stadium incorporates a moving roof and moving seating tiers.The moveable seating allows the playing field to be configured as an oval for either Australian Rules football and cricket or as a rectangular pitch for rugby and soccer. The roof, which weighs 2000 tonnes, can be closed in 20 minutes. Even when fully open, the roof covers 98% of the seats. The seating capacity is 53,000 (oval) or 49,000 (rectangular). There are 60 corporate boxes, dining facilities for 6,500 people and parking for 2,500 cars under the pitch.
It also provides state of the art digital information to spectators via specially cabled seats with built-in personal TV screens. A major shareholder in the stadium is national broadcaster, the Seven Network, whose Australian headquarters are located adjacent the stadium, allowing it to be utilised as the largest television studio in the world.
Architects for Colonial Stadium were Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture (a BVN joint venture) with Daryl Jackson Architects.
- Roof can be closed for all weather play
- 98% of the seats covered by the roof, even when open
- Specially cabled seats with built-in personal TV screens