Clubs: Melbourne Victory FC and Melbourne Heart FC | Opening: 2010 | Capacity: 30,050 seats
History and description
AAMI Park was built between 2007 and 2010. The first event at the stadium, on the 7th of May 2010, was a rugby league match. The first football match was played a few month later, on the 7th of August, when Melbourne Heart lost 0-1 from the Central Coast Mariners.
The total project budget was AUD 267.5 million. The stadium was initially planned to hold 20,000 seats, which was later raised to 30,000 at the request of Melbourne Victory.
AAMI Park’s most characteristic feature is its bio-frame design with a geodesic dome roof, which requires 50% less steel than a regular roof. The exterior of the stadium consists of triangular panels, which can be lit up with thousands of led lights.
Apart from football, the stadium is also used for rugby matches.
AAMI Park is located about 2 kilometres east from Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) on the north-bank of the river Yarra in an area with many other sports facilities, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Australian Open tennis courts.
From the southern and eastern parts of the CBD (including Flinders Rail Station), the pleasant walk along the banks of the river Yarra can be made within half an hour.
The closest train station is Richmond, with multiple services from Flinders Station, Southern Cross Station (where the long-distance trains arrive), and other stations. The walk from Richmond station to the stadium takes less than 10 minutes. Jolimont Station is also at walking distance, though slightly further away.
Tram 70 connects the stadium with the Docklands area. It furthermore passes along the southern side of the CBD (and Flinders Station). Take the tram in the direction of Wattle Park and get off at stop AAMI Park (or Hisense Arena).
Tram 48 and 75 stop slightly further away near Jolimont Rail Station. Take the trams in eastern direction and get off at stop Wellington Parade.
Finally, bus 605 and 246 also pass close to the stadium. Bus 605 (direction Gardenvale) travels down Swan Street / Olympic Boulevard. Bus 246 (from Clifton Hill to Elsternwick) goes down Punt Road.
Address: AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne
Melbourne Victory tickets can be bought online via Ticketek, or by phone +61 132 849 (Ticketek). Tickets range in price from AUD 25.00 for a seat behind the goal to AUD 53.00 for a central seat at the long sides.
Melbourne Victory regularly plays a home match at the larger Etihad Stadium (usually the high-profile matches). For these matches tickets are being sold via Ticketmaster. The price range is very much comparable to that at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Heart tickets can be bought online via Ticketek, by phone +61 132 849 (Ticketek), or on the day of the match at the stadium. Ticket prices range from AUD 25.00 for a seat behind the goals to AUD 55.00 for a central seat at one of the sides.
Relevant Internet links
Footballaustralia.com.au – Official website of Melbourne Victory FC.
Footballaustralia.com.au – Official website of Melbourne Heart FC.
Aamipark.com.au – Official website of AAMI Park.
Visitmelbourne.com – Official site for Melbourne.
Metlinkmelbourne.com.au – Melbourne public transport information.