Located in the heart of Melbourne, Marvel Stadium (formerly Etihad Stadium) has welcomed more than 35 million fans through the gates since opening in 2000 and is the world’s busiest multi-purpose stadium.
The stadium regularly stages AFL, A-League and BBL action under the large retractable roof. Marvel Stadium has also hosted some of the biggest international sporting events such as Soccer World Cup Qualifiers and International Rugby Union tests.
Marvel Stadium’s 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 – can open or close in eight minutes.
Marvel 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.
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