The AFL has appointed construction and infrastructure company John Holland as its official construction partner for the upgrade of the Marvel Stadium and the stadium grounds.
The builder, who is currently working on Sydney’s new football stadium, will begin work on the Melbourne Docklands site at the end of the 2021 AFL Premiership season, with the project to be completed in the 2023 season.
When completed, the upgraded site and the surrounding area and stadium grounds are expected to be a 365-day-a-year center for sport and entertainment.
The Marvel Stadium and surrounding enclosure works will include revitalized eastern and southern entry points, including a new ‘Town Square’ transforming the space into an open and accessible area seven days a week for people to enjoy. gather from Monday to Sunday, or when participating in a sporting event or concert.
A new city-side extension will feature multipurpose rooms with views of the arena and the CBD as a backdrop.
The iconic new Town Square will welcome pedestrians arriving on the Bourke Street walkway from Southern Cross Station – a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces with some stadium walls removed to provide a visual connection to the playing field.
Markets and community gatherings will fit naturally into the space, while two-level hospitality businesses will be open to the public and can be converted into pay zones for sporting events and concerts.
The fan experience will be enhanced with major renovations to the public food and beverage areas connected to the arena and overlooking the playing field and more spaces to meet up with friends before, during and after the match. Two new, larger bulletin boards will hang from the roof at each end of the site, a new sensory room and locker room will make Marvel Stadium a place that welcomes people of all skill levels, and additional bicycle parking spaces to promote sustainable transportation. .
The event day experience will also be enhanced with improved lighting and technology upgrades throughout the stadium. Local clubs on a match day will be able to fully incorporate their brand and club colors on the exterior and interior of the new development – from the lobby, to the new entrances and to the reception halls.
Athletes will also benefit from upgrading the team’s facilities to provide state-of-the-art locker rooms for men and women.
Noting that the improved design will provide the best experience for fans in the stadium and visitors to the stadium, AFL general manager Gillon McLachlan said: âJohn Holland’s team will help bring our vision to life. – which is to make the Marvel stadium one of the best and technologically advanced sports and entertainment destinations in the world.
âJohn Holland has a proven track record of delivering major projects in Australia and we are delighted to partner with them and begin construction later this year.
âWe have some great and innovative designs that have captured our desire to amplify the stadium’s ability to host multiple events over a calendar year and ensure that the fan experience is at the forefront when designing the stadium. Upgrade.
“By renovating the existing stadium structure, it will provide a more environmentally sustainable means of construction, while ensuring minimal disturbance to supporters during the construction period.”
Before the pandemic, Marvel Stadium hosted more than 75 sporting and entertainment events each year, from the AFL Premiership season, to Big Bash cricket, to concerts of major acts like Taylor Swift, U2 and Ed Sheeran. This revitalization will ensure that Marvel Stadium continues to attract the biggest major events.
The project is part of the Victorian government’s $ 225 million partnership with the AFL which, in addition to the transformation of the Marvel Stadium, secured the AFL Grand Final at the MCG until at least 2058, offers better offers for fans and clubs in Victoria and includes an ongoing partnership through a range of sport development programs to support multicultural, Indigenous and women’s football.
For more information on the project, visit marvelstadium.com.au/stadium-upgrade
Images: Artist’s impression of the planned Marvel Stadium upgrade. Credit: AFL Media.
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