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Australian Football League Venues

The Australian Football League boasts 12 venues located throughout all 6 states, and both territories. Australia loves its football and has provided many excellent stadium destinations for spectators and players alike.

Victoria is home to three venues: MCG, Etihad Stadium, and Skilled Stadium. MCG is globally recognized as the ultimate game destination, with a capacity of 100,000. Built in 1853, MCG has hosted many AFL grand final games culminating with the 2008 grand final, viewed by 100,012 spectators. Etihad Stadium is newer, completed in 2000, and smaller, with a capacity of 53,000. It is characterized by its retractable roof and offers unique vantage points for photographers. Finally, Skilled Stadium, built in 1941, is Australia’s only venue for AFL Premiership matches outside of Melbourne. It has served as Geelong’s home field for the past 60 years.

New South Wales features two venues, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and ANZ Stadium. SCG is an old stadium, officially opened in 1886 and is currently undergoing renovation. This stadium has contained a record crowd of 46,168 all of whom came to watch the Swans play Geelong in 1997. By contrast, ANZ Stadium was built in 2000 to host the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, as the main stadium. Since that time it has been reconfigured for football.

Australian Capital Territory is home to Manuka Oval which hosts both AFL games and cricket. It has recently experienced a $9 million upgrade in order to keep up with league standards and maintain its premier standing.

In Queensland there are 2 stadiums, the Gabba, and Gold Coast Stadium. The Gabba is home to the Brisbane Lions, which were previously the Bears. In 1987, construction of the Gold Coast Stadium was complete and was at that time home to the Brisbane Bears, but now awaits a new team.

South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory each house an AFL venue. It is easy to find deals on Nelson flights if you are planning on traveling to the South Australia venue. If you are traveling to other locations, finding last minute tickets will be easy. The AAMI Stadium in South Australia has been hosting AFL matches since the early 1970′s. Patterson’s Stadium in Western Australia hosts AFL Premiership games for two teams. Aurora Stadium in Tasmania opened in 1921 and has hosted Australian football since 1923. And finally TIO Stadium is the Northern Territory’s grand outdoor venue, built in 1991 mainly to host Australian football.

With the popularity of Australian football, there is no lack of beautiful and quality venues spanning the entire country. It is heritage to be proud of.