About Etihad Stadium
Located in the heart of Melbourne, Etihad Stadium has welcomed more than 35 million fans through the gates since opening in 2000.
Renowned for regularly staging AFL, A-League and BBL action under the famous retractable roof, Etihad Stadium has also hosted some of the biggest international sporting events such as UFC193, Soccer World Cup Qualifiers and International Rugby Union tests.
Throughout its years, Etihad Stadium has hosted many memorable concerts for some of the world’s biggest stars including Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Andre Rieu and Eminem.
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.
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.
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.
Sport fans are the big winners from a multi-million dollar investment at Etihad Stadium to make the venue the most technologically advanced and connected stadium in Australia.
Over 1500 IPTV High Definition screens display non-stop, relevant and exciting match day information, interactive quiz competitions and fan images. Fans can engage with screen content through the Etihad Live app which also offers completions and special deals for fans. Atotal of 704 high density WiFi access points have also been installed to provide fast, and free, internet connections to each and every fan.
How to get connected at Etihad Stadium
Connect to Wi-Fi:
- Turn on the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device
- Select ‘Etihad FREE WiFi’ from the list of available networks
- A registration page will pop up for you to enter your details and accept terms and conditions. Once finished, click submit.
- All done! You’re connected!
Download the Etihad Live App:
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.