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.
Since opening on 9 March 2000, more than 25 million patrons have passed through the venue's turnstiles.
On the opening night, Essendon led by Kevin Sheedy and James Hird defeated Port Adelaide 24.12.156 to 8.14.62.
Etihad Stadium now has five AFL tenant clubs – Essendon, Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, North Melbourne and Carlton.
The venue was officially named Etihad Stadium on 1 March 2009. Previously the venue was known as Telstra Dome (officially named on 1 October 2002) and before that it was called Colonial Stadium.
•‘Colosseum’ arena structure
•Leading edge sound system which incorporates state-of-the-art acoustics
•Two large internal video matrix replay screens
•External Super screen
•1,000 video seats
•15 Function Rooms (Including a 1,500 seat function room)
•68 Corporate Boxes (32 x 12 seaters, 30 x 16 seaters, 4 x 20 seaters and 3 Super Suites)
•2,500 Car parks under the stadium
•LiveWire entertainment precinct - featuring bars, restaurants and café
•External Light Moves technology enhancing the venue
•Natural turf playing surface
•740 2000-watt non-glare lamps for arena illumination
•Sophisticated media centre with video conferencing facilities. Home to the AFL Tribunal
•A three metre wide strip of artificial turf around the perimeter of the playing surface.
Size of Ground
•The arena surface is 19,000 square metres
•The whole surface measures 170 x 140 metres (at its maximum width and length)
Capacity and seating
•The fixed seating capacity of Etihad Stadium for AFL is 53,359. Etihad Stadium can alter seating plans to vary from 12,000 to 74,000 for sporting and entertainment events
•The Level One lower seating tier can be moved over the playing surface to provide optimum configurations for events
•The roof can be opened or closed in eight minutes
•The roof moves East/West
•The distance from the playing field to the roof is 38 metres
•The roof has been struck once during an event, when Australian cricketer Michael Hussey hit a ball from Makhaya Ntini of the ICC World XI during Game 3 of the Johnnie Walker Super Series on October 9, 2005