Etihad Stadium is a multi-purpose facility designed to cater for major sporting and entertainment events, as well as social, business and private functions. The stadium is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, just minutes from the CBD. Etihad Stadium is the only football stadium in the Southern Hemisphere with a fully retractable roof. The venue hosts as many as 80 arena sports and entertainment events and 600 non-event day functions annually in its 15 different function spaces.
Since opening on March 9, 2000 well over 32 million people have passed through the venue's turnstiles.
The stadium now hosts in the vicinity of 50 AFL matches a season, as well as A-League games and Big Bash League cricket matches. The venue also regularly stages international sporting events such as Rugby League World Cup matches, Rugby Union Tests and soccer World Cup qualifiers. The venue has hosted many concert spectaculars featuring international performers such as Andre Rieu, Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, Kiss, U2, Coldplay, ACDC, Bruce Springsteen and many others.