About Etihad Stadium (Docklands)
Etihad Stadium is both a footy fan's dream and engineering marvel to visit when in Melbourne.
Completed in 2000 at a cost of $460 million, not only is it the only football stadium in the Southern Hemisphere with a fully retractable roof, but it is also the first stadium in Australia to have moveable seating.
The Docklands stadium, which has carried previous titles Colonial Stadium and the Telstra Dome, is the headquarters of the Australian Football League and features regular Aussie Rules matches in the winter months from March to September.
The versatility and Roman amphitheatre-style seating has seen many exciting events staged here.
Sports fans have enjoyed everything from the State of Origin and International Rugby 7s to the ICC World XI Cricket Series and National Soccer League.
“…the only football stadium in the Southern Hemisphere with a fully retractable roof”
The largest ever crowd for Etihad Stadium has been 70,000 for the Catholic Jubilee Mass in 2000, with the venue also being a popular concert venue for world-class acts such as KISS, U2, AC/DC and Andre Rieu.
A stadium tour is a popular option for visitors staying in accommodation near Etihad Stadium, with the location on Harbour Esplanade conveniently situated just minutes away from Melbourne's CBD.
Conducted from Monday to Friday, tours provide a chance to visit the AFL players' change rooms, check out the coaches' box and experience the thrill of walking up the umpires' tunnel.