Etihad Stadium (also known as Docklands Stadium) is located in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands precinct, just a few minutes away from the city centre. Seating up to 55,000 people, it’s one of Australia’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment venues and among the most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venues in the world.
Etihad Stadium provides a natural turf playing surface with a total area of 19,000m2. Currently the arena is made up of 17,600m2 of natural turf and 1,400m2 of synthetic turf, which runs the entire perimeter of the arena.
Etihad Stadium is known for its unique retractable roof – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, making it perfect for watching sports in all seasons. The Roman amphitheatre-style seating of the stadium means everyone is close to the action, creating an atmosphere that is legendary among sporting fans.
Etihad Stadium plays host to Australian Rules Football (AFL) or ‘Aussie Rules’ every weekend during winter from March to September. Melbourne is the home of AFL, and on match days you'll see many locals proudly wearing or waving their team's colours on the way to a game.
Etihad Stadium also hosts Soccer, Rugby League and Rugby Union matches. Record crowds packed into Etihad Stadium for the Australia versus the British and Irish Lions Rugby Union matches held in 2001 and 2013. It was also the venue for the Rugby World Cup in 2003. Rock concerts and performances featuring international acts are staged regularly.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Etihad Stadium and see where some of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes plan their game. Hear insider’s secrets and experience the thrill felt by international sports and music stars as they take centre stage in the arena.
Melbourne’s Docklands precinct also features many great restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops along its waterfront. Take a guided walking tour and learn how the area was once a source of food for indigenous Aboriginal clans before European settlement. Tailor-made itineraries can also be arranged to suit special interests. You could also hire a bicycle and follow Melbourne's Capital City Trail; or take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Yarra River. The nearby Southbank precinct offers more top quality restaurants and shopping as well as the Crown Casino complex.
Melbourne's Docklands and Etihad Stadium are conveniently close to the centre of the city. Southern Cross Train Station (formerly Spencer Street Station) is located right on Docklands' doorstep. A short walk over the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge from Southern Cross Station will take you to the front entrance of Etihad Stadium. The free City Circle tram; Melbourne Visitor Shuttle bus; or one of Melbourne’s iconic trams will drop you at the door.
Docklands is also surrounded by water. Boat owners from around Victoria, Australia and the world cruise into Melbourne via Docklands excellent marina facilities. For a relaxing scenic trip, hire a water taxi or join a sunset cruise and watch the city of Melbourne light up at night.