In April 2006, the Victorian Government announced a new 20,000-seat stadium would be built at Olympic Park to host Rugby League and Football.
Melbourne Victory pushed for the capacity to be increased, as their A-League crowds were averaging higher than 20,000, and eventually it was increased to hold over 30,000 people.
Constuction started in late 2007, with Cox Architecture acting as the leads for the project. The stadium features a distinctive, cutting-edge Bioframe design, which allows spectators to feel close to the action no matter where they are in the stadium. The roof design features an LED lighting system, allowing the stadium to light up in different colours and patterns.
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium struck a naming rights sponsorship deal with the company AAMI on 16th May 2010 – which is how it came to be known as AAMI Park.
Opening its doors
The stadium officially opened on 7th May 2010, hosting the Rugby League ANZAC Test Match between Australia and New Zealand, with Australia winning in front of a near sell-out crowd of 29,442.
AAMI Park has four home clubs: Melbourne Storm (NRL), Melbourne Rebels (Rugby Union), Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC (both A-League).
Aside from Melbourne Rebels, all the home teams made their AAMI Park debut in 2010. Interestingly all four recorded a loss in their first game at AAMI Park (although they’ve made up for it since...).
Loyal fans come to AAMI Park week in, week out, with the 2016 Rugby Union game between Australia and England proving to be the most attended sporting event to date (29,871 people) and Victory’s 2015 Grand Final following close behind (29,843).
Behind the music
But it’s not just sports that fans flock to AAMI Park for, it’s the incredible concerts – the very first being when the Foo Fighters performed on 2 December 2011 as part of their ‘Wasting Light’ world tour.
Since then, we’ve welcomed the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Elton John, Queen + Adam Lambert, Ed Sheeran, Sia and Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift made history for her epic three day run of shows, becoming AAMI Park’s first artist to perform over three days, while it’s Ed Sheeran who currently holds the record for the biggest audience with 34,296 fans filling the Stadium on 6 December 2015.
AAMI Park turns 10
We celebrated 10 years of AAMI Park in May 2020, looking back at all the exciting moments we’ve shared over the years and thinking ahead to what’s yet to come.