AAMI Park

Background

The iconic $267.5 million Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (MRS), known as AAMI Park, has  capacity for over 30,000 patrons and features a cutting edge 'bio-frame' roof design that provides extensive seat coverage and excellent spectator sight lines.

The stadium is the home of the elite Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart soccer teams, the Melbourne Storm rugby league team, and the Melbourne Rebels Super 15 rugby union team.  It also provides an outstanding training, sports medicine and administration complex.

AAMI Park is Melbourne's first purpose-built, medium-sized rectangular pitch stadium, with a world-class playing surface. 

AAMI Park also includes elite training facilities and office accommodation for Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, the Melbourne Football Club, the Victorian Rugby Union, the Victorian Olympic Council, the Olympic Park Sport Medicine Centre, and Tennis Victoria.

The stadium was designed by Cox Architects with engineering assistance from Arup and Norman Disney and Young. Grocon Constructors was awarded the contract to build the stadium.

Features

  • Capacity for over 30,000 patrons
  • Unique bio-frame roof featuring a spectacular LED lighting feature
  • 136m x 82m rectangular pitch – accommodating rugby league, rugby union and soccer
  • Sports campus including around 800sqm of elite training facilities including a gymnasium and internal athletics areas
  • Four-lane 25m lap pool with additional player recovery facilities
  • Office space for elite sporting teams, sporting organisations and medical facilities including radiology and sports medicine
  • 24 corporate suites with exclusive internal and external seating
  • Dining room with capacity for 1,000
  • Merchandising facilities, 14 food and beverage outlets and 14 bars
  • Public café/bar and merchandise outlet on Olympic Boulevard
  • Rainwater collection from roof
  • Program to incorporate recycled water from the entire precinct to displace the majority of potable water usage
  • Low water use fittings
  • Low energy light fittings where possible
  • Maximum natural ventilation and light
  • Recycled building material where appropriate
  • Use of low embodied energy ‘hollow core’ concrete slabs
  • Plantation or recycled timber
  • Efficient, low embodied energy bio-frame design, which uses 50 per cent less steel than a typical cantilever structure
  • Use of low Volatile Organic Compound carpet and paints
  • Fully integrated waste management and recycling system
  • Building automation system to minimise power use
  • Bike storage facilities and good access to public transport

Construction

  • 2,500 tonnes of steel used in the roof shell frames
  • More than 26,000 sqm of cladding in the roof
  • Nearly 40km of custom built aluminum framework in the roof
  • Around 16km of roof guttering
  • 35,000 cubic metres of concrete
  • 4,000 tonnes of concrete reinforcing steel
  • 1,200 workers employed on and off the site

Locally sourced materials and labour/skills

  • Turf system grown in Victoria and supplied and installed by a Victorian-based company
  • Roof steel frames and cladding panels fabricated in Victoria and Tasmania
  • Grocon Constructors is a Melbourne-based company

Timeline

Work began in late 2007 and the stadium opened in May 2010.

In August 2010 the Premier launched the Stadium's world-class lighting system and public art installation - the first of its kind of this scale.

Awards

  • Design and Collaboration Award, Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia, 2011
  • Construction and engineering project over $100 million (AAMI Park), Australian Institute of Project Management (Major Projects Victoria), 2011
  • Master Builder of the Year Award (Grocon), Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards, 2011  
  • Commercial Buildings Over $80 million, Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards, 2011   
  • The Victorian Architecture Medal, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011
  • The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011
  • Melbourne Prize, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011
  • Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture    Winner, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011
  • Sports or Leisure Structures, Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), 2010  
  • World’s Top Ten Stadiums, Stadia Magazine, 2010  
  • Product Design – Lighting, Melbourne Design Awards, 2010
  • Best Building Site, Wallpaper Design Awards, 2010
  • Architectural Steel Design Award, ASI National Steel Design Awards, 2010
  • Architectural Steel Design Award – Large Project, ASI Steel Design Awards Vic & Tas, 2010
  • Structural Engineering Steel Design Award, ASI National Steel Design Awards, 2010  
  • Structural Engineering Steel Design Award, ASI Steel Design Awards Vic & Tas, 2010
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Development, Australian Property Institute
  • Excellence in Property Awards, 2009  
  • Innovation in Commercial or Residential Building, Bentley Systems BE Awards of Excellence, 2008       

History

The site of the rectangular stadium, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, has enjoyed a strong connection to the people of Melbourne since the city's foundation and has seen a cavalcade of champions, all manner of events and many rejuvenations over the years. 

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News

  • 2012-06-06 - AAMI Park wins World Stadium Award

    Melbourne’s brilliant rectangular stadium, AAMI Park, has won the award for the most iconic and culturally significant stadium at the 2012 World Stadium Awards held overnight in Doha, Qatar.

    The innovative and eye-catching venue was one of 11 stadiums short-listed in the category with other finalists from Russia, South Africa, New York, China, Qatar and New Zealand.

    The World Stadium Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of leaders in the international stadium design and development industry who have contributed to the latest innovations in design, venue functionality and technical ability. 

    Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said the win reaffirmed AAMI Park as a world leader in stadium design and was an achievement all Victorians should be proud of.

    “AAMI Park’s innovative bioframe roof and unparalleled spectator experience represents the next generation of stadium design around the world,” Dr Napthine said. 

    “The fact that AAMI Park has once again been recognised as a player on the world stage in terms of its design and function is of great significance to everyone involved in its construction, and to Victorians generally.

    “The building is a tribute to the skills and ingenuity of Victorian designers, builders, engineers and technical specialists. 

    “I would like to congratulate everyone involved including the builders Grocon; designers Cox Architecture; engineers ARUP and Norman Disney Young; and lighting specialists Electrolight. 

    “The project manager Major Projects Victoria, client Sport and Recreation Victorian and operators Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust also played vital roles in the delivery of this unique building.

    “AAMI Park continues to make a significant contribution to Melbourne’s sporting and entertainment culture by providing a strong foundation for the soccer, rugby league and rugby union codes to develop their fan base. The stadium also hosted Foo Fighters concerts in December last year attracting its highest ever attendances.

    “The stadium is a welcome addition to Melbourne’s sporting and architectural landscape and increases our city’s ability to attract national and international sports and entertainment events,” Dr Napthine said.

    AAMI Park has received 22 awards since opening in 2010, including major awards from the Master Builders Association, the Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) and the Australian Institute of Project Management. It was also recognised by Stadia Magazine as one of the world’s top ten stadiums of 2010.

  • 2011-10-14 - AAMI Park definitely no lightweight
    AAMI Park stadium has added another accolade to its trophy cabinet, winning the 2011 Design and Collaboration award from the Lightweight Structure Association of Australasia (LSAA).

    Recognising excellence in design, innovation, construction and application of lightweight structures, the LSAA praised the AAMI Park project team for its collaborative approach to the design and construction of what has become one of the country’s most recognisable public buildings.

    Major Projects Victoria’s Acting Executive Director John Wiles said the LSAA’s award speaks to what has made AAMI Park such an outstanding success.

    “A close and collaborative approach is what enabled the project team, led by Major Projects Victoria, to bring to life a complex and ground-breaking design, setting a new global benchmark for stadium architecture.

    “Behind every great project is a highly successful team committed to working professionally, passionately and collaboratively to ensure a great result,” Mr Wiles said. “Such was the case with AAMI Park.”

    “Major Projects Victoria and its group of expert consultants including Cox Architects, Grocon, Arup and Norman Disney & Young can all be very proud of themselves for achieving yet another fantastic award for their work on AAMI Park.”

    The LSAA judges applauded the stadium’s lightweight bio-frame roof based on the structural efficiencies of the Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome, which uses 50 per cent less steel than an equivalent traditional cantilever design.

    The LSAA award marks the 22nd industry recognition for Melbourne’s head-turning rectangular stadium. Other awards received this year include:
    • Australian Institute of Project Management (Major Projects Victoria), Best construction and engineering project over $100 million
    • Master Builder of the Year Award (Grocon), Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards
    • Commercial Buildings Over $80 million, Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards
    • The Victorian Architecture Medal, Victorian Architecture Awards
    • The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards
    • Melbourne Prize, Victorian Architecture Awards
    • Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards.
  • 2011-08-26 - Major Projects Victoria wins top project management award
    Major Projects Victoria (MPV) has been honoured for its work on Melbourne’s AAMI Park stadium taking out a top prize at the 2011 Australian Institute of Project Management Achievement Awards.

    The stadium’s project management team from MPV was recognised last night with the award for best construction and engineering project over $100 million.

    Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine praised MPV’s management of the AAMI Park project.

    “I am delighted that Major Projects Victoria has received industry acknowledgment for their work on what has fast become one of the Australia’s most iconic sports stadiums,’ Dr Napthine said.

    “A project of this scope and complexity could not have been delivered so successfully without a stellar project team behind it.

    “Everyone involved in the project including Major Projects Victoria, Cox Architects, Arup, Norman Disney Young and Grocon can be very proud of what they have achieved in AAMI Park.”

    The Australian Institute of Project Management Award was the seventh major award received by AAMI Park this year. Others include:

    • Master Builder of the Year Award (Grocon), Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards, 2011   
    • Commercial Buildings Over $80 million, Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Excellence in Construction Awards, 2011
    • The Victorian Architecture Medal, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011
    • The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011
    • Melbourne Prize, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011
    • Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards, 2011




  • 2011-06-27 - AAMI Park wins Victorian Architecture Awards
    AAMI Park stadium scooped the pool at the weekend’s Victorian Architecture Awards, winning the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, the Melbourne Prize and the Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture.

    Victorian Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine congratulated the AAMI Park project team on the win.

    “It is fantastic to see the talents of Victorian architects, builders, engineers and project managers recognised in this way. Congratulations to all for their efforts,” Dr Napthine said.

    “Major Projects Victoria should be particularly proud of scoring a hat-trick by winning both the Victorian Architecture Medal and the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture for three years running, with the Melbourne Recital Centre/MTC Theatre in 2009, the Melbourne Convention Centre in 2010 and now AAMI Park.

    “Not only does AAMI Park provide a much-needed home for soccer and rugby in Victoria but it is also a wonderful addition to the public realm.

    “AAMI Park will now join buildings such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Museum and Federation Square in the pantheon of great public buildings in our state,” Dr Napthine said.

    The Victorian Architecture Awards judges described the building as an “exuberant structure” noting that:

    “AAMI Park sits comfortably alongside its illustrious neighbours, the Olympic Swimming Pool, the MCG and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It has clarity of architecture concept, which integrates structure, function and siting into an iconic public venue that takes full advantage of its prominent location within Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct.”
  • 2011-02-18 - AAMI Park Launches Unique Soundscape

    Tonight night at AAMI Park Melbourne Rebels’ fans attending their Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs will be the first to experience the launch of a unique soundscape. 

    As patrons approach the stadium, a soundscape emerging from a 22 unit individual speaker system will welcome them with arrangements of a wide range of sporting songs, calls and sounds, South Pacific Island Hakas, and local indigenous chants.

    Created for AAMI Park by artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, the soundscape is built up from hundreds of recordings from sporting activity across Melbourne.  The soundscape explores our fascination with the human voice and the acoustics resulting from active sports crowds, both large and small.

    By encapsulating the way the human voice is used to motivate players, and the melodic and rhythmic inventiveness of the songs and chants, Leber and Chesworth’s soundscape in turn serves to inspire fans by creating a compelling atmosphere on arrival.  

    The soundscape has been designed to complement the LED lighting which is a beautiful and functional call to arms, letting the fans know a game is on in the stadium.  

    “The soundscape fills the forecourt as the fans enter with all the sounds and excitement of game day.  The stadium will come alive from Olympic Boulevard, not only with the spectacular lighting display, but all the sounds and fun of the game.” said Shane Mates, AAMI Park General Manager.

    AAMI Park opened in May 2010 and has become the home of Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Heart, Melbourne Storm and now our newest club Melbourne Rebels.  The Rebels v Waratahs game will kick off at 7.40pm, the soundsca

  • 2010-12-01 - AAMI Park Wins at International Engineering Awards

    The stunning AAMI Park has won the Award for Sports or Leisure Structures at the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Awards announced on Friday 5 November in London.

    The awards noted that "the complete project beautifully demonstrates the fusion of form and function, showing how properly utilised, adventurous thinking linked to a clear understanding of basic structural principles can deliver real innovations".

     Melbourne Rectangular Stadium's superb lighting sequence comes to life

    The judges also raved about the building, commenting that: 

    "After the Sydney, Beijing and London Olympics, new Football Stadia in the USA, Wembley and other recent Club Grounds in the UK, we thought there could be no more new concepts; we were wrong.

    Melbourne Rectangular Stadium embodies daring structural thinking, precision in converting concept into details, modular construction and buildability, delivering a roof that is half the weight of any of its predecessors".

    Read more on the award here

  • 2010-08-31 - AAMI Park lights up the skyline

    Premier John Brumby today officially switched on the spectacular coloured LED lighting on the roof of AAMI Park, which he said would be a permanent feature of Melbourne’s night skyline.

    Mr Brumby marked the milestone at the state-of-the-art $267.5 million stadium today with Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas and Sports Minister James Merlino.

    “This fantastic lighting strengthens AAMI Park’s standing as an iconic Melbourne venue, combining the best elements of sport and art, bringing them together to enhance our city skyline,” Mr Brumby said.

    “The roof will light up in colours and patterns specially designed for the stadium, with a variety of dynamic lighting displays to unfold on the roof over the weeks and months to come – a visual landmark to match the Victorian Arts Centre spire.”

    About 1,500 LED low energy lights can shine in every colour and are individually programmed to create a multitude of artistic visual effects.

    Mr Brumby said the lights would operate each night with sequences including Indigenous themes and those designed for home clubs the Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Heart, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels.

    “This great stadium, with its unique bio-frame roof design is already causing enormous excitement in Melbourne, and this feature lighting will take it to a whole new level,” he said.

    Mr Pallas said the unique lighting system was designed by Electrolight, an award winning lighting design consultancy and would be visible from dusk each night.

    “The lights are environmentally friendly and they also create no light spill into the surrounding area,” Mr Pallas said.

    “This is a key element of the sustainable design of the stadium with the LED lights using around one tenth of the power required to floodlight the stadium.

    “The lights will inspire excitement and pride in the venue as well as tangibly connecting the project with Melbourne’s sporting and cultural heritage.”

    Mr Merlino said AAMI Park was Melbourne’s first purpose-built home for soccer and rugby and was already celebrated among local sporting fans.

    “This final spectacular element to the stadium will provide these sporting codes with a truly world-class stage,” Mr Merlino said.

    “We have a unique stadium, with a high-tech turf system, an unparalleled viewing experience, and now a light show as well – Melbourne is truly the sporting capital of the world.”

     

  • 2010-05-06 - 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.”

  • 2010-05-03 - Packed house for AAMI Park's opening

    A 30,000-strong crowd will turn out for the opening of Melbourne’s new rectangular stadium.

    Sports Minister James Merlino said final remaining tickets for this Friday night’s International Rugby League Test between Australia and New Zealand at AAMI Park sold out this morning.

    “Victorians love their sport and AAMI Park is a great addition to Melbourne’s first-class network of sporting infrastructure, that reaffirms us as the sporting capital of the world,” Mr Merlino said.

    “Our multi-million dollar stadium is something all Victorian sports fans will be proud of and it is a fantastic achievement to sell out the new state-of-the-art venue on its opening night.

    “There’s no question that a rectangular pitch has been the missing link in our world-famous network of sporting infrastructure in Melbourne – and the blockbuster trans-Tasman test between the Aussies and the Kiwis will open the stadium in style.

    “AAMI Park will set a new Australian benchmark for rugby league, rugby union and soccer.”

    Mr Merlino said Victorians would see Melbourne Storm stars Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis, Adam Blair and Sika Manu represent their countries.

    The clash is a highlight of an exciting package of Rugby League events secured for Melbourne including an international Test between Australia and England on October and Game One of the New South Wales and Queensland State-of-Origin series in 2012.

    “We’re proud to support major sporting events that place Victoria in the national and international spotlight, promote sport, encourage investment and boost tourism in our state,” Mr Merlino said.

    “The Brumby Labor Government is committed to attracting the best events to Victoria and we continue to invest in major infrastructure to ensure our sporting precincts remain world-class.”

    Mr Merlino encouraged Victorian sports fans to also show support for the Melbourne Storm with tickets on sale now for the club’s first clash against Brisbane at AAMI Park on Sunday, 9 May.

    “The Brumby Labor Government is committed to the future of the Melbourne Storm and the game of Rugby League at both the grassroots and elite levels in Victoria,” he said.

    “Melbourne has been crowned the Ultimate Sports City for a third consecutive time, proving again what Victorians have known for a long time – we are the world’s sporting capital.

    “And Rugby League plays an important part of that vibrant sporting culture we celebrate.”

    The Test kicks off at 8pm and the match will be broadcast live in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane on Channel 9.

    Go to www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au for public transport information.

  • 2010-03-16 - AAMI secures naming rights to new rectangular stadium

    Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium will now be known as AAMI Park, thanks to a new landmark agreement with Australian insurance company AAMI, Sports Minister James Merlino said today.

    Mr Merlino said the insurer – part of the Suncorp Group – had secured its place in Melbourne’s sporting history with an eight-year naming rights deal for the $267.5 million stadium.

    The stadium is the latest jewel in the crown of Melbourne’s sporting infrastructure and will be the new home of soccer, rugby league and rugby union in Victoria and will open on Friday, 7 May.

    “Victorians love their sport and AAMI Park is the latest addition to a first-class suite of sporting infrastructure that is the envy of any city in the world,” Mr Merlino said.

    "The Victorian Government continues to invest in key infrastructure projects to give Victoria the edge and ensure we continue to attract the major sporting events Melbourne is renowned for.

    “AAMI Park – home of the Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Rebels – will be one of the world’s finest stadiums to watch rectangular codes.

    “AAMI is a great supporter of Victorian sport and communities – whether it’s the Victoria Derby, Kooyong Classic or their support of the Victorian SES – AAMI is a strong contributor to our state and this new agreement provides a great boost to Victoria’s major sporting events calendar.”

    The Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust finalised the eight-year agreement this week in time for the blockbuster opening between rugby league heavyweights Australia and New Zealand.

    Suncorp Personal Insurance Chief Executive Officer Mark Milliner said the company is a proud supporter of Victorian sport and the naming rights agreement is an exciting new partnership.

    “We are very proud to be associated with what will no doubt become another iconic Melbourne landmark, in Australia’s premier sports and entertainment precinct,” Mr Milliner said.

    “We congratulate the Victorian Government on its vision in the development of this world-class stadium which will bring elite rectangular sports and entertainment to Victorians and visitors.”

    Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust Chairman Russell Caplan welcomed the new deal.

    “We are delighted to welcome AAMI as a precinct partner – this is a new and exciting chapter for us as together we open this spectacular, purpose built stadium,” Mr Caplan said.

    “AAMI Park is an impressive addition to our suite of world class venues.  It further cements our status as Australia’s premier sports and entertainment precinct.”

    AAMI Park will have capacity for over 30,000 patrons and feature a cutting edge 'bio-frame' roof design providing extensive seat coverage and excellent spectator sight lines.

    It will also feature a sports campus with medical facilities and administration offices.

  • 2010-03-01 - Stadium comes to life with first kick on finished pitch

    Premier John Brumby today took the first kick of a football on the new Melbourne Rectangular Stadium’s state-of-the-art playing pitch.

    Mr Brumby was joined by Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas and Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino and said the newly-laid turf pitch had brought the spectacular $267.5 million stadium to life.

    “The pitch is the heart of this magnificent stadium. It’s not until you see the turf in place that you realise what a fantastic venue this is going to be for soccer, rugby league and union – and importantly, for Victorian sports fans,” Mr Brumby said.

    “This turf, invented in Melbourne, was used for the American Football Super Bowl and will be used for the main stadium at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this year – it’s a world-class turf that players are going to love.

    “Today we can also see just how close to the action the fans will be, with this stadium to provide sports fans with an unparalleled viewing experience.

    “With its unique bio-frame roof design, the stadium is an instant icon for Melbourne, with fans of various codes expressing their growing excitement for Melbourne’s first purpose built home for soccer and rugby. 

    “Fans will have a chance to see the stadium first hand on the blockbuster opening night test match between rugby league powerhouses Australia and New Zealand on 7 May.”

    Mr Pallas said the new pitch was one of the most important features of the world-class venue.

    “The turf is where all the action happens, which is why we have chosen a high-tech natural turf system for the pitch that uses science to improve its playability and durability,” Mr Pallas said.

    “StaLok turf is a Melbourne invention that uses polypropylene fibres to create a net-like structure that binds the turf root system to the sand underneath it. The result is a turf that cushions impacts, is stable and will divot less resulting in greater player comfort.

    “It’s also a much tougher turf that wears better and can handle greater weights, which means the stadium can be used more often.”

    Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino said sport-loving Victorians, whether fans of the Melbourne Victory, Storm or Rebels would embrace the new stadium.

    “Very soon, Melbourne will finally have its very own, purpose-built stadium to host these three great sporting codes,” Mr Merlino said.

    “Each of these sports is experiencing growing interest and popularity and the new stadium will be a world-class stage for further success for soccer, union and league.”

  • 2010-02-19 - Tickets on sale for Rectangular Stadium from Monday

    Victorian sports fans will have a chance to secure a place in Melbourne’s history, with tickets for the first clash at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on sale to the public from Monday, Sports Minister James Merlino said today.

    Mr Merlino said the stadium’s blockbuster International opening between rugby league powerhouses Australia and New Zealand on Friday, 7 May will be on sale from 9am.

    “Our new state-of-the-art Rectangular Stadium is taking shape on Melbourne’s skyline and we’re just months away from showcasing one of the world’s best venues for our rectangular codes, such as soccer, rugby league and rugby union,” Mr Merlino said.

    “What a great way to open our amazing new stadium – with a clash between traditional rivals and the two best rugby league nations in the world.

    “It’s a great chance for Victorian sports fans to support our national team and be part of a magnificent event to celebrate the opening of Melbourne’s newest piece of world-class sporting infrastructure.”

    Mr Merlino said tickets for the International Test match between Australia and New Zealand would be affordable for families at from $30 for adults and from $20 for children, pensioners and concession holders.

    “There’s no question that a rectangular pitch has been the missing link in our world-famous network of sporting infrastructure in this city,” Mr Merlino said.

    “The new stadium delivers an important new sport and entertainment facility, helping to bolster Melbourne’s reputation as the sports and cultural capital of Australia.”

    Mr Merlino said the $267.5 million stadium will have a capacity of more than 30,000 and promises to be one of the world’s best venues to watch rectangular codes.

    It will also feature a sports campus with medical facilities and administration offices.

    Tickets for the International Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Friday, 7 May 2010 are available at www.ticketek.com.au.

  • 2010-01-06 - Artists called for stadium lights spectacular

    Victorian artists are being called upon to submit ideas for lighting shows to illuminate Melbourne’s new Rectangular Stadium.

    Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas said the call for artists to provide lighting ideas for the stadium was a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a new Melbourne icon.

    “The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to invest in projects like the $267.5 million Melbourne Rectangular Stadium that generate thousands of jobs, stimulate the local economy and in this case, deliver a new sporting icon for Victoria,” Mr Pallas said.

    “The stadium, with its unique bio-frame roof design, is causing enormous excitement and the feature lighting is going to take it to a completely different level.

    “We are looking for artists to submit expressions of interest to produce light shows and visual effects across the more than one thousand LED lights on the stadium roof.

    “The low energy lights can shine in any colour and be individually programmed to create a multitude of artistic visual effects.

    “The light shows will need to inspire excitement and pride as well as tangibly connecting the project with Melbourne’s sporting and cultural heritage.”

    Key themes for the lighting show should include:

    • The landscape, precinct and indigenous local stories surrounding the stadium;
    • The rituals, anticipation and excitement players and patrons experience before during and after sporting events;
    • The sense of celebration and festival atmosphere that the city, precinct and venue share during certain times of the year, regularly held events or during large one-off events; and
    • The stadium as home to Melbourne’s soccer and rugby clubs.

    “This stadium is going to be an international beacon for Victoria and I encourage suitably experienced artists to register their interest in lighting up this world class project,” Mr Pallas said.

    To view the stadium lights, for more information, or to lodge an Expressions of Interest please visit the Major Projects Victoria website www.mpv.vic.gov.au by Friday, 4 December, 2009.

     

  • 2010-01-06 - Melbourne's new Super 15 team

    Melbourne has landed a major coup and further cemented its status as the world’s sporting capital by winning a new team licence for the expanding South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Union (SANZAR) competition, Premier John Brumby said today.

    Mr Brumby congratulated the ARU and VRU in their efforts to secure Melbourne a spot in the competition from 2011, which was decided following an arbitration process today.

    “Victorians love their sport and Melbourne is the perfect fit for a new team,” Mr Brumby said.

    "With construction of our iconic $267 million rectangular stadium well advanced – Melbourne will be right at home and today’s decision is great news for Victorian rugby.

    "The Victorian Government continues to invest in key infrastructure projects to give Victoria the edge and ensure we continue to attract the major sporting events Melbourne is renowned for.

    “Our new stadium – home to the new team, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Victory – will be one of the best stadiums in the world to watch Rugby Union and our other rectangular codes.”

    Sports Minister James Merlino said the Victorian Government had taken a leadership role in the bidding process and worked closely with the ARU, VRU and wider rugby community to bring all the interested parties together and ensure Melbourne’s bid was the strongest it could be.

    “Melbourne is the best choice for a new Super Rugby team – our bid has the support of our passionate rugby community, business leaders and the Victorian Government,” Mr Merlino said.

    “The decision reaffirms Melbourne as a sporting capital and we now boast a team in every major sporting code in Australia. I congratulate everyone who has worked so tirelessly to ensure Melbourne’s bid was a success.”

    VRU Chairman Gary Gray said the decision was a big win for Victoria's rugby union community.

    “This is a great reward for all of Victoria’s dedicated and passionate rugby union fans and is a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop the code in Victoria,” Mr Gray said.

    “This year we celebrate 100 years of rugby in this state and the decision is a great reward.”

    Mr Merlino said the Victorian Government had provided $500,000 in funding towards the State Rugby Centre at the Rectangular Stadium, which will provide first-class facilities for player training and conditioning.

  • 2010-01-05 - Countdown on for Melbourne's Super Rugby Rebels

    The Brumby Labor Government has welcomed news that the Melbourne Rebels Rugby consortium is now officially up and running.

    The Australian Rugby Union today handed control of the Super Rugby franchise to the Rebels consortium headed by business identity Harold Mitchell.

    Acting Sports Minister Justin Madden said the historic handover meant Super Rugby in Australia’s sporting capital was one step closer.

    “Playing out of Melbourne’s new rectangular stadium from 2011, the Melbourne Rebels will add yet another choice for sports loving Victorians,” Mr Madden said.

    “The Victorian rugby community has lobbied hard and long for Melbourne representation in a Super Rugby competition and from now the countdown is officially on.

    “I welcome today’s handover of control and wish the Melbourne Rebels all the best and hope they form part of Victoria’s proud sporting fabric for many years to come.”

    The Melbourne Rebels will join the Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Victory in playing out of the soon-to-be-opened rectangular stadium.

    Mr Madden said the stadium will be the perfect place to watch top-class rugby action.

    “Victorians love their sport and international rugby matches played in Melbourne have always been well supported,” he said.

    “The rectangular configuration of the stadium will put spectators right on top of the action and create an intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams of not only Super Rugby, but also soccer and rugby league.”

    Following today’s official handover, the Melbourne Rebels will now go in search of a chief executive officer, head coach and playing roster in preparation for their entry into the competition into the 2011 season.

    In their first season, the Melbourne Rebels will play eight home games in an expanded 16-match Super Rugby season.

     

  • 2009-07-31 - Rectangular stadium to light up Melbourne's skyline

    The Brumby Labor Government’s new Rectangular Stadium will have Victorians glowing with pride as it lights up Melbourne’s night skyline, thanks to a spectacular new lighting design.

    Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas today announced that the stadium roof would be covered with thousands of LED lights that can shine in any colour and be programmed into a multitude of patterns.

    “The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to invest in projects like the $267.5 million Melbourne Rectangular Stadium that generate thousands of jobs, stimulate the local economy and in this case, deliver a new sporting icon for Victoria,” Mr Pallas said.

    “This 31,000-capacity boutique stadium, with its unique bio-frame roof, is already attracting huge attention in the community and these new lights will take it to another level.

    “The Rectangular Stadium will be an amazing landmark and a shimmering new beacon in the Melbourne skyline. It won’t just be the sporting events inside that attract attention, the stadium itself will be a spectacle.”

    Mr Pallas said the lighting scheme would put Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium up there with Beijing’s water cube and the 2006 World Cup stadium Allianz Arena in Munich.

    “The Rectangular Stadium is causing great excitement for sports fans in Melbourne and this lighting scheme just kicks it up another gear,” he said.

    “Our illuminated stadium will also be environmentally friendly, with the LED lights using around one tenth of the power required to floodlight the stadium and without any light spill into the surrounding area.

    “The design also avoids the problems normally associated with floodlighting buildings, which can attract insects and birds. The team of artists and lighting designers at Electrolight have created programme that is a work-of-art in itself.”

    Mr Pallas said the lighting would be programmed to tell the story of the stadium in an abstract way, describing the history and landscape of the site, anticipation before a game and the excitement and energy of the match.

    “Further artistic design work will be carried out between now and the stadium’s opening in 2010 to create a program to light up Melbourne’s night skyline in ways never seen before,” he said.

    The Rectangular Stadium, which will be operational in early 2010, is another piece of the jigsaw in Melbourne’s suite of stadiums that makes the sporting precinct the best in the world, and only ten minutes walk from the CBD.

  • 2009-03-10 - Melbourne's rectangular stadium taking shape

    A new icon is taking shape and changing Melbourne’s skyline as the distinctive roof frames of the $268 million Rectangular Stadium are bolted into place.
    Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas said Melburnians were starting to get an idea of how the new 31,000 capacity stadium is going to look.

    “The Brumby Government is taking action to invest in vital infrastructure like the Rectangular Stadium that creates jobs and new business opportunities while delivering an important new sports and entertainment facility,” Mr Pallas said.

    “Anybody driving or walking the area can really see the stadium’s bio-frame roof coming together. This stadium is not only going to be an excellent sporting arena, it’s also going to stand out as something unique on Melbourne’s skyline.”

    Speaking at a site tour for the construction industry, Mr Pallas said more than 1200 workers had been employed both on and off site during the project, which is expected to generate about $775 million in benefits for the construction and associated industries.

    “The distinctive roof is also a triumph for Australia’s manufacturing sector with the steel frames and cladding panels being manufactured in Melbourne and Launceston,” he said.

    “The bio-frame’s lightweight support structure enables a better use of internal space and will require about 50 per cent less steel than a typical roof structure.

    “Given the high embodied energy of steel, its minimal use in the stadium represents a significant environmental benefit. Rainwater will also be collected from the roof for use in the stadium, further enhancing its green credentials.

    “The self supporting bio-frame shape also means there is no need for roof pylons, providing excellent sightlines for fans. Spectators will have an unparalleled experience in terms of comfort and being right on top of the action.

    “The stadium will also feature a world-class playing surface and player’s facilities as well as an associated sports campus with medical facilities and administration offices.”

    The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium will be operational in 2010 with the first tenants moving in by mid-2009.

  • 2008-08-08 - Brumby takes first look at rectangular stadium

    Premier John Brumby today took his first look at the $267.5 million Melbourne Rectangular Stadium as it begins to take shape at the Olympic Park precinct.

    Mr Brumby, joined by Major Projects Minister Theo Theophanous and players from Melbourne Victory ahead of tonight’s Olyroos match against Argentina, said the 31,000-seat facility would cater for Melbourne’s growing interest in soccer.

    “It doesn’t take too much imagination to realise that the rectangular stadium, with its distinctive bio-frame roof, will be a new Melbourne sporting icon,” Mr Brumby said.

    “For many years soccer and rugby in Victoria have made do with inadequate grounds either designed for other sports or incapable of accommodating increasingly large crowds in comfort – this stadium will change all that.

    “Spectators will have an awesome viewing experience while the players will have the very best quality playing surface and training facilities, so I think everyone will love this stadium.

    “This stadium is another piece of the jigsaw in Melbourne’s suite of stadiums that makes our sporting precinct the best in the world – and only ten minutes walk from the CBD.”

    Major Projects Minister Theo Theophanous said the project was entering a new stage with construction set to commence on the stadium’s bio frame roof in the coming months.

    “In the next few months the stadium will become part of Melbourne’s skyline as the first shells of the bio-frame roof go up. We are going to start to see the ‘wow’ factor of this project,” Mr Theophanous said.
     
    “The stadium also leads the way with its cutting edge design and environmental features such as rain water harvesting and low water and energy use fittings. The roof itself uses around 50 per cent less steel than the equivalent cantilevered structure – a significant environmental saving.”

    Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo said he was delighted the company had been selected to build the Rectangular Stadium, following on from its successful redevelopment of the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
     
    “We have been on site here almost a year now and it’s a very exciting project to be involved with,” Mr Grollo said.
     
    “The look of the stadium, with its distinctive roof, will ensure it is a great landmark for Melbourne, as well as providing greater enjoyment for followers of soccer, rugby union and rugby league. It will be a major feature of Melbourne’s famous sports and entertainment precinct.”
     
    Work on the $267.5 million stadium began late last year and is expected to be operational by 2010.

     

  • 2007-05-23 - Bigger stadium to book Melbourne's sporting reputation

    Melbourne’s next world class stadium will be expanded to accommodate over 31,000 fans thanks to an agreement reached with Melbourne Victory and the Football Federation of Australia.

    Premier Steve Bracks said the agreement boosted Melbourne’s credentials to host extra soccer matches such as international ‘friendly’ matches or games against clubs from overseas in addition to matches during the normal A-League season.

    “This is the best possible deal for soccer, rugby league and rugby union fans,” Mr Bracks said.

    “The new stadium will be a significant addition to Victoria’s world-renowned sporting facilities. For the first time Victoria’s soccer fans will be able to watch A-League games in a purpose-built stadium.”

    Mr Bracks said work on the $268 million stadium will begin later this year and is expected to be complete by the end of 2009.

    An average of seven soccer games, including Melbourne Victory A League games and other international and national soccer matches, will be played every year at the new stadium. Another five games per year will be played at the Telstra Dome, taking advantage of its capacity to hold crowds of more than 50,000.

    Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Merlino, said the announcement was designed to grow soccer in Victoria even further.

    “Soccer has enjoyed an amazing 12 months in this state and we hope to strengthen this success with a bigger stadium,” Mr Merlino said.

    “The completion of the larger rectangular stadium, together with Telstra Dome and the MCG, will result in Melbourne having the World’s best suite of Stadiums able to cater for all football codes. This will reinforce Melbourne’s reputation as the sporting capital of the nation.”

    Minister for Major Projects, Theo Theophanous, said he was pleased the stadium would now be built to provide seating for more than 31,000 fans, up from 20,000 seats as originally planned.

    “This will be the best soccer stadium Victoria has ever had. We have worked very hard to design a modern stadium that meets the needs of Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, the Australian Rugby Union, the Football Federation of Australia and the Melbourne Football Club,” Mr Theophanous said.

    Melbourne Victory will also join the Bracks Government and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) in their Victorian Community Football Program. The program will enable Victory players to pass on their knowledge and expertise to school children across Victoria, including in the regions, to ensure future generations of soccer players.

     

  • 2007-03-04 - Stadium for all seasons gets seating upgrade

    Victorian sports fans are set to get a world-class 27,750 seat rectangular-pitch stadium, providing the best stadium for rugby league, rugby union and soccer the state has ever had, Premier Steve Bracks said today.

    Announcing that Grocon was the Government's preferred tender for the project, Mr Bracks said the ground would be further expanded to 31,500 seats but only if the Football Federation of Australia and the Melbourne Victory sign up to play at the stadium. 'The new stadium will be bigger and better than first planned, providing seating capacity for rugby league, rugby union and soccer fans', Mr Bracks said.

    Thanks to the flexibility in the original design, we were able to adjust the project to accommodate the increased support in soccer we have witnessed in recent months. Today's announcement increases the size of the stadium from 20,000 up to 31,500 seats.The 27,750 seat stadium would cost around $256 million and is due to be completed in 2009. Further funding would be required if the stadium was increased to 31,500 seats. Minister for Major Projects, Theo Theophanous, said the original design could easily be reconfigured to expand to 31,500 seats but only if the Football Federation of Australia and the Melbourne Victory come on board.

    'Whether we build a stadium with 31,500 seats or 27,750 seats is now in Melbourne Victory's hands', Mr Theophanous said. 'Building a better stadium with increased capacity means additional funding is required but this new stadium will be extremely popular among Victoria's avid sports fans. We will continue discussions with the Football Federation of Australia and the Melbourne Victory but now that we have our plans on the table we can't afford to wait long'.

    Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Merlino said the Government would build the stadium for the Melboure Storm and the Melbourne Football Club, but he hoped the Melbourne Victory would also decide to use the stadium as their home ground. 'If they want the best possible venue for soccer they will jump at the opportunity to play here', Mr Merlino said. 'All football codes have solid supporter bases in sports-mad Victoria and this purpose-built stadium will add a unique and important component to Victoria's sporting and major events infrastructure'.

    The stadium will maintain the iconic bioframe roof design and house sports training and administration facilities which will rival the worlds best. The stadium would also provide world class administrative and training facilities for the Melbourne Football Club. The stadium will be built with strengthened foundations to allow future expansion. To lessen the impact on the states water supplies, the stadium would capture storm water for use in stadium facilities such as toilets.

  • 2006-08-18 - Builders shortlisted for new soccer and rugby stadium

    The Minister for Major Projects, John Lenders, today announced the four builders short-listed to tender for the design and construction of the new stadium in the Olympic Park precinct.

    Mr Lenders said the spectacular 20,000 seat capacity rectangular stadium comprised an iconic Bioframe roof and would house sports training and administration facilities.

    He said the selection of the tender short-list was based on experience in stadium construction and complex roof structures.

    The following companies have been invited to submit detailed proposals:

    • Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd
    • Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Ltd
    • Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd
    • Grocon Constructors Pty Ltd

    Mr Lenders said the stadium, to be built on Edwin Flack field, was set to rival the word’s best in function and form and represented the next generation of sports stadium design.

    “The stadium will feature a sports campus including an elite training centre and office accommodation for the Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Football Club, Victorian Rugby Union, Victorian Olympic Council, Olympic Park Sports Medicine and Tennis Victoria,” he said.

    “What other city in the world can boast venues such as the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Vodafone Arena and the new Rectangular Stadium alongside one another in a sporting precinct on the doorstep of the CBD.

    “The new stadium would provide the missing link for rugby and soccer, boosting these codes at a time when interest is at its peak.”

    The estimated cost of the stadium is around $190m. The Bracks Government will make a contribution of $149m towards this cost, with the balance funded by Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust.

    The final costs will be determined after the builder is selected and detailed arrangements with all potential tenants, sponsors and suppliers is negotiated.

    Once a building contractor has been selected, the construction timetable will be confirmed, but the stadium is expected to be completed in 2009.

    Site preparation work will commence after the AFL Grand Final to allow the maximum time for Collingwood to train on the Edwin Flack Field with no disruptions. The preferred builder is expected to be announced by the end of this year.

     

  • 2006-06-05 - Builders called for new soccer and rugby stadium

    The Acting Minister for Major Projects, Justin Madden, today called for expressions of interest from construction companies to build Melbourne’s spectacular new rugby and soccer stadium in the Olympic Park precinct.

    Mr Madden, who is also the Minister for Sport and Recreation, said the 20,000-seat, rectangular stadium and sports administration complex would be the new home for Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Storm.

    “The Socceroos World Cup campaign has proven Australia is an emerging world force in soccer and Melbourne’s new stadium will do much to support the growing popularity and the development of the game locally,” Mr Madden said.

    Mr Madden said the stadium, to be built on Edwin Flack field, would rival the word’s best in function and form and represented the next generation of sports stadium design.

    “The stadium will feature a spectacular Bioframe roof with a panel façade of glass, metal and louvers to allow maximum sunlight and ventilation for a healthy playing turf and a great atmosphere for sports fans,” Mr Madden said.

    “The sports campus, including an elite training centre and office accommodation for sporting organisations like Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Football Club, Victorian Rugby Union, Football Federation Victoria, Victorian Olympic Council, Olympic Park Sports Medicine and Tennis Victoria.”

    Mr Madden said crowd sizes for soccer and rugby codes were sure to increase. “With this in mind, the stadium has been designed to increase seating from 20,000 to 25,000.”

    The estimated cost of the stadium will be around $190m. The Victorian Government will make a contribution of $149m towards this cost, with the balance funded by Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, tenants and suppliers. The final costs will be determined after the builder is selected and detailed arrangements with all potential tenants, sponsors and suppliers is negotiated

    The completion timetable will be confirmed once a building contractor has been selected, but the stadium is expected to be completed in 2009 with some elements completed earlier

    Advertisements for expressions of interest will appear in newspapers tomorrow. The closing date for expressions is 19 July.

  • 2006-04-06 - Premier unveils spectacular design for new stadium

    A spectacular new 20,000-seat, soccer and rugby stadium to be built in the Olympic Park precinct will make Melbourne the envy of the world, Premier Steve Bracks, said today.

    Mr Bracks, who revealed the stadium’s cutting-edge Bioframe design today, said the new home for Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Storm would be a world-class event and administration complex.

    “No city in the world can boast world-class sporting infrastructure like Melbourne so close to the city,” Mr Bracks said.

    “We are not resting on our laurels following ‘simply the best’ Commonwealth Games. We are continuing to invest in facilities to help attract major events to Victoria.”

    Mr Bracks said the new stadium would provide the missing link in Melbourne’s sporting infrastructure.

    “The stadium will boost the development of rugby and soccer at a time when interest in these football codes is growing,” Mr Bracks said.

    Mr Bracks said the stadium, to be built on Edwin Flack field, would rival the word’s best in function and environmentally sustainable features.

    “This represents the next generation of sports stadium design,” Mr Bracks said.

    “The geodesic dome roof will fully cover the seating area and uses 50 percent less steel than a typical stadium roof.

    “Most importantly, the panelised façade of glass, metal and louvers will allow maximum sunlight and ventilation for a healthy playing turf and a great atmosphere for sports fans.”

    It will also feature a sports campus, including an elite training centre and office accommodation for Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Football Club, Victorian Rugby Union, Football Federation Victoria, Victorian Olympic Council, Olympic Park Sports Medicine and Tennis Victoria.

    Mr Bracks said the stadium would have an initial capacity of 20,000 with the scope to increase to 25,000.
    “Current crowd sizes for rugby and soccer, of about 10,000 to 15,000, are not large enough to be viable in the long-term at the MCG or Telstra Dome, while Olympic Park can only seat 12,000,” Mr Bracks said.
    “Given the increasing popularity of these football codes, we expect crowd sizes for soccer and rugby to increase – and with this in mind, the stadium has been designed with sufficient capacity to increase seating.”

    The estimated cost of the stadium will be around $190m. The Victorian Government will make a contribution of $149m towards this cost, with the balance funded by Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, tenants and suppliers.

    The final costs will be determined following the selection of the builder and the negotiation of detailed arrangements with all potential tenants, sponsors and suppliers.
    Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust will fund their contribution from borrowings, which will be offset by revenue from rent, ticket sales, naming rights and sponsorship deals.

    Site preparation will begin next month with the demolition of various buildings, the relocation of services and the commencement of earth works.

    The exact completion timetable will be confirmed once a building contractor has been selected. The newly scoped stadium is expected to be completed in 2009 with some elements completed earlier.

    The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Justin Madden, said a master-plan for the Olympic Park Precinct would be developed this year to determine the longer term location of the training grounds and future development options for the precinct.

    “Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Victory will continue to play home games at Olympic Park until the new stadium opens,” Mr Madden said.

    In the short term existing ovals in Gosch’s Paddock will be upgraded to provide training facilities for Collingwood and Melbourne Football Clubs.

    Mr Madden said a decision on the long-term future of athletics in the precinct would follow the completion of a feasibility study currently being conducted by the Government in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including Athletics Australia and Athletics Victoria. This study will explore options both within the Olympic Park precinct and outside the precinct.

    The Minister for Major Projects, John Lenders, said the new stadium was part of the biggest infrastructure spend in Victoria’s history.

    “In the next four years, the State Government will spend more than $11 billion or an average of $2.8 billion each year on infrastructure,” Mr Lenders said.

    “We are delivering a massive infrastructure program, building hospitals, roads and schools for all Victorians in a financially responsible way to make Victoria a better place to live.”

     

  • 2005-04-30 - Vision for Olympic Park includes new rectangular stadium

    The Premier, Steve Bracks, has announced plans to build a new rectangular stadium for soccer and rugby league as a part of a new 2030 vision to make Olympic Park one of the world’s leading sports, training, and entertainment precincts.

    Mr Bracks also announced a 25-year master plan to revitalise the precinct would be developed by the end of the year.

    “The Olympic Park precinct has been the hub for elite and community sport in Melbourne since the 1956 Olympics,” Mr Bracks said.

    “With a new stadium and proper planning for the future, we will make it one of the best sports, training, and entertainment precincts in the world.”

    Mr Bracks announced that Melbourne Victory soccer club and the Melbourne Football Club would join the Collingwood Football Club, the Australian Tennis Open, Victorian Institute of Sport and Melbourne Storm in the redeveloped precinct.

    “Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Football Club have each signed Memorandums of Understanding with the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT) indicating their long-term commitment to the new stadium and administration and training centre,” Mr Bracks said

    Mr Bracks said the new stadium would have a seating capacity between 18,000 and 20,000 spectators – with the option to expand this to 25,000 seats in the future.

    “Construction will begin immediately after the Commonwealth Games, and we expect it to be completed in 2008,” he said.

    He said the mid-sized stadium would fill the gap in Melbourne’s suite of outstanding sports facilities.

    “Tuesday’s State Budget will include a $10.7 million commitment to Stage 1 of the development to develop detailed designs for the new stadium, upgrade of the adjacent Gosch’s paddock for training grounds and to assist organisations affected adjust to the changes,” Mr Bracks said.

    The full cost of the stadium will be announced later this year following more detailed design work, the master-planning exercise and discussions with potential tenants on their usage requirements.

    Mr Bracks said the long-term master plan for the precinct would take into account the requirements of the AFL, rugby and soccer for new administration and training facilities, athletics and the Australian Open.

    “The masterplan will examine many options for the sports precinct and we will work closely with the City of Melbourne and the other sporting partners as we configure the precinct.”

    Sports Minister Justin Madden said the Government had decided to proceed with a rectangular stadium as the result of ongoing discussions with stakeholders.

    “Last year we backed Victoria’s bid for a Melbourne-based rugby union team by pledging a new $100m stadium. After the bid proved unsuccessful the business case for a new stadium was reviewed,” Mr Madden said.

    “With approximately 23 games per year expected from Melbourne Storm and the new Melbourne Victory, a modern venue with greater capacity to meet expected audience growth is justified.”

    The Government has committed $6m towards the detailed design work for the new stadium and $4.7 million for the upgrade of ovals, development programs and temporary accommodation facilities for a number of tenants at Melbourne and Olympic Parks.