Monday, October 5, 2015

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - October 2015

Welcome, this is the Osca Monthly Where in Melbourne Puzzle page.



 First Clue

The background looks a lot like a football,
but this may not be the place one would immediately think off given a recent event in Melbourne.

Clue 2

Construction started in 1997 and was completed in 2000,
only to be surrounded by tall buildings and controversy since.

Clue 3

This location has been controversial since its first construction and there has been a significant amount of criticism directed toward the facility, particularly from its major tenant, who increasingly regard the location owner (who owns the naming rights) as a hostile landlord.

Clue 4



The correct answer for the October Where in Melbourne puzzle is

Docklands (Etihad) Stadium, Docklands

Brief history:

Docklands Stadium also known by its former sponsored names of Colonial Stadium and Telstra Dome as well as its current sponsorship name of Etihad Stadium is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadium in the Docklands precinct. 

Construction started in October 1997 under the working name, "Victoria Stadium" and was completed in 2000 at a cost of A$460 million.

Previously a dormant wasteland of Melbourne, the Docklands was seen as the perfect location for Etihad Stadium, as the area presented ready-made access to existing public transport and roads, as well as significant space for car parking.

'Victoria Stadium' construction

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.

Originally built as a replacement for Waverley Park, the stadium is primarily used for Australian rules football and is the headquarters of the Australian Football League (AFL) which, as part of the construction deal, assumes ownership of the ground in 2025.

The stadium has been controversial since its first construction and there has been a significant amount of criticism directed toward the facility, particularly from its major tenant, the AFL. The AFL have increasingly regarded the stadium owner as a hostile landlord, engaging in numerous lawsuits against the current owners and threatening to build a rival stadium as close as a kilometre away in the short-term.

Since the opening of Etihad Stadium on March 9, 2000 more than 32 million patrons have witnessed an arena event.

The venue has also hosted many concert spectaculars featuring international acts such as Bon Jovi, Eminem, U2, Andre Rieu, Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen and many others.

Etihad Stadium has five AFL tenant clubs (Essendon, Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, North Melbourne and Carlton), one Big Bash League club (Melbourne Renegades) and one A-League club (Melbourne Victory).

Etihad Stadim - Google Earth

Naming Rights: 

On March 1, 2009 the venue officially became known as Etihad Stadium.

Venue Attendances: 

Largest attendance at Etihad Stadium:

Single event - Jehovah's Witness Convention (Day 3): 70,059 (October 19, 2014)

Biggest aggregate for one event - Jehovah's Witness Convention: 201,039 (October 17, 18 & 19, 2014).

Largest entertainment event attendance at Etihad Stadium:

Robbie Williams: 64,619 (December 18, 2006)

Series of Concerts:

AC/DC: 181,495 (February 11, 13 & 15 2010)

Largest sporting event attendance at Etihad Stadium:

Wallabies v British & Irish Lions: 56,771 (June 29, 2013)

Largest AFL attendance at Etihad Stadium

St Kilda v Geelong, Round 14: 54,444 (July 5, 2009)

Largest soccer attendance at Etihad Stadium:

Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United Grand Final: 55,436 (February 18, 2007)

Largest cricket attendance at Etihad Stadium:

BBL Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars: 42,837 (January 4, 2014)

Etihad Stadium location

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This post was last updated on the 2nd November 2015.

Author: Rubblesby