The $190 million development of a new rectangular stadium was announced by the Victorian Government in 2006, and the venue opened in 2010 on the site of Edwin Flack Field (named for Australia’s first Olympian).
AAMI Park replaced the Olympic Park Stadium as Melbourne’s home of rectangular sports, with capacity for crowds of up to 30,000.
The Stadium is home to Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City (Football), Melbourne Storm (Rugby League) and the Melbourne Rebels (Rugby Union).
The Victorian Government announces plans for a new 20,000 seat arena to host rugby league, rugby union and football.
Construction commences in 2007, and plans are soon amended to increase the venue’s capacity to 30,000.
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, known as AAMI Park, is officially opened.
The venue’s first event, the 2010 Rugby League ANZAC Test, is played in front of a sell-out crowd.
Taylor Swift sells a record 98,136 tickets over three nights.
A record crowd of 29,871 rugby fans pack the stadium for the second test of the 2016 England rugby union tour of Australia, with Australia winning 23-7.
AAMI Park is Melbourne’s much-loved home of rectangular sports, hosting world-class football, rugby union and rugby league matches as well as arena spectacular entertainment.
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Melbourne & Olympic Parks acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as Traditional Owners of the land on which Rod Laver Arena is located and recognise their ongoing connection to this land, and rich culture. We pay respects to their Elders past, present and future.