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Melbourne’s new boutique stadium ready for action

Melbourne’s spectacular new $267.5 million AAMI Park stadium is ready for action, with Premier John Brumby today taking a final tour before tomorrow night’s blockbuster opening match.
Mr Brumby, joined at the stadium by Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas and members of the Australian and New Zealand rugby league teams, said Melbourne’s new home of rugby and soccer was primed for the sold-out test.
“The final preparations are underway and excitement is at fever pitch for our spectacular opening night. As our first-ever purpose built stadium for rugby league, union and soccer, AAMI Park means an enormous amount to Victorian sports fans, as shown tomorrow night’s sell out game.
“AAMI Park is the latest jewel in Victoria’s sporting crown and along with the major Melbourne Park redevelopment over the road, forms part of the greatest Government-funded sporting infrastructure project this state has ever seen.
“Sport is a vital part of our culture and there is no city in the world that can boast such an array of world class facilities in such close proximity to the city.
“Melbourne was only recently crowned the Ultimate Sports City for the third consecutive time, proving again what Victorians have known for a long time – we are the world’s sporting capital.”
Mr Brumby said the new state-of-the-art stadium also cemented the popularity of soccer and both rugby codes in Victoria.
“It is the only stadium in the world to host four codes of football, with tenants including Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Storm, the Melbourne Rebels and the Melbourne Football Club,” he said.
“AAMI Park is something all Victorians can be proud of and sets the benchmark for rectangular stadiums around the world.”
Mr Pallas congratulated all those who worked on the stadium and said it was a triumph of Victorian design and construction.
“Sports fans will be blown away by this stadium – there’s not a bad seat in the house and even the back row seats are right on top of the action.
“People are going to be thrilled by the atmosphere and experience at tomorrow night’s opening game,” Mr Pallas said.
“This stadium doesn’t just look good, the design means it is good for the environment as well. The bio-frame roof uses about 50 per cent less steel than an equivalent cantilevered roof, which means it has minimal embodied energy.
“On a per seat basis it uses one tenth of the steel that the Beijing Birds Nest stadium uses – that’s’ 47 kilograms per seat for AAMI Park versus 550 kilograms per seat for the Birds Nest.”