Etihad Stadium - Docklands, Melbourne Etihad Stadium - Docklands, Melbourne

About Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium is the most versatile, flexible and technologically advanced stadium in Australia, boasting a free high density Wi-Fi network, a 1500 strong high definition IPTV network and a fully retractable roof.

Widely considered the busiest stadium in the world, Etihad Stadium has welcomed more than 35 million patrons since opening on March 9, 2000 and hosts as many as 80 arena sports and entertainment events as well as 600 non-event day functions annually in its function spaces.

The venue regularly stages AFL, A-League and Big Bash League games as well as some of the biggest international sporting events such as UFC193, Speedway Grand Prix, Soccer World Cup Qualifiers and International Rugby Union tests. Etihad Stadium also hosts the world’s most well-known performers including Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, ACDC and Andre Rieu.



Etihad Stadium’s famous retractable roof ensures that events proceed in perfect conditions, no matter what the weather conditions outside. The roof, the only one of its kind in the Southern hemisphere used for any football code, can open or close in eight minutes.


Retractable seating

The venue also has retractable seating, enabling a modification of the stadium’s seating configuration for certain events such as soccer and rugby (Union or League), to bring the fans even closer to the action. The Level 1 seating bays on all four sides of the arena can be moved closer to the field of play to give fans the ultimate viewing experience. The seating bays on the Eastern and Western sides of the arena will be moved in by 18 metres, while the bays on the Southern and Northern sides will move in 15 metres. At its closest point spectators will be within 10 metres of the field of play.

Water saving initiatives

An initiative was undertaken by Etihad Stadium in 2008, which ultimately has reduced the venue’s water usage by close to 25 per cent. This was achieved by installing 17 rainwater tanks, with a combined capacity to store up to one million litres of rainwater collected from the 40,000 square metre stadium roof. Ten pneumatic water diversion valves and a further 10 motorised water transfer valves were used, along with insulation of 1.5 kilometres of pipe work. The rainwater captured is used for flushing the venue’s network of toilets and irrigation of the venue’s playing surface. The project is fully automated through a building management system (BMS) to ensure the capability to both capture and distribute rainwater is maximised. The BMS allows stadium management to electronically control the diversion of harvested water through the pneumatic valves.


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. For an AFL match the boundary line is 5 metres from the fence line and the synthetic turf is 3 metres wide and is situated outside the playing area. From fence to fence the arena dimensions are 169.5m from north to south and 140m from east to west. For an AFL event, the distance between the north to south goal lines is 159.5m and from the east to west boundary lines is 128.8m.