The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, currently known as the AAMI Park is a quite remarkable feat of engineering and architecture. It lies on the eastern side of central Melbourne, situated between the banks of the Yarra River and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The geodesic dome roof and special design make this stadium unique. The structure allows spectators to enjoy a great view from all seats, with fewer support structures than typical rectangular-shaped stadiums. Thousands of LED lights cover the exterior of the stadium, allowing it to light up the city of Melbourne after dark.
Built at a total cost of over $250 million, construction began in late 2007 on the site of the Edwin Flack Field. It wasn’t until 2010, that the structure was ready to host its first events.
With 30,000 seats, the stadium offers a fine atmosphere and is one of the prime sporting stadiums in Australia.
The first match played in the stadium was an International rugby league match between Australia and New Zealand in May 2010. It hosts a wide variety of sports and hosts home matches for Melbourne City FC, Melbourne Victory FC, Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Rebels, Victoria Maidens.
Know Before You Go
Melbourne's transport links offer good access to the stadium. It is located on Olympic Boulevard and is a short walk from Richmond train station. There are also nearby tram stops and a car park with limited spaces.