History

Previously a dormant wasteland of Melbourne, the Docklands was seen as the perfect location for Marvel Stadium, as the area presented ready-made access to existing public transport and roads, as well as significant space for car parking.

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Construction on the venue began in October 1997 with the first event between Essendon and Port Adelaide played on Thursday 9 March, 2000.

Marvel Stadium has the flexibility to cater for many sporting codes plus other entertainment events ranging from concerts to dining events and even religious services. Marvel Stadium generates a colosseum like effect for patrons and participants; when officially opened the state-of-the-art stadium also introduced a new level of comfort and facilities for Melbourne sports fans.

The venue is proud that it has become the flagship project for the vibrant Docklands development. The Victorian Government initially conveyed its support to the development of the new stadium by building bridges to the city and committing to the redevelopment of Spencer Street train station, now known as Southern Cross station. The Docklands continues to expand with the continued development of apartments, shopping centres, restaurants and bars, as well as tram and train access.

Largest Ceremony
70,059
International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses
19th October 2014

Largest Concert Attendance
77,327
Adele, Live 2017 Tour
19th March 2017

Largest Entertainment Attendance
56,743
WWE Global Warning Tour
10th August 2002

Largest Rugby Union Attendance
55,287
Wallabies v British and Irish Lions
29th June 2013

Largest Soccer Attendance
55,436
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United (Grand Final)
18th February 2007

Largest Rugby League Attendance
54,833
New South Wales v Queensland (State of Origin)
5th July 2006

Largest AFL attendance
54,444
St Kilda v Geelong
5th July 2009

Largest series of concerts attendance
257,751
Ed Sheeran Divide Tour
9th, 10th, 11th & 12th March 2018

Largest cricket attendance at Marvel Stadium
44,316
BBL Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars
12th January 2018