Previously a dormant wasteland of Melbourne, 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.

Venue construction 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 sport’s 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.


Stadium Milestones

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

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

Largest Attendance for Concert Series
Ed Sheeran Divide Tour
9th, 10th, 11th & 12th March 2018

Largest Entertainment Attendance
WWE Global Warning Tour
10th August 2002

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

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

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

Largest AFL Attendance
St Kilda v Geelong
5th July 2009

Largest Cricket Attendance
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars (BBL)
12th January 2018

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