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Eureka Stadium

Crowds on Ballarat's Eureka Stadium follow the first AFL Football game

The Victorian Government’s commitment to investing in regional cities to make them attractive to work, live and do business in, includes its support for the City of Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium precinct redevelopment.

As part of the redevelopment, Mars Stadium has been significantly upgraded to meet AFL standards and was officially opened in August 2017.

The upgrade featured:

  • A better playing surface with same dimensions as Etihad Stadium
  • Capacity for 11,000 spectators
  • A new 5,000 seat undercover grandstand
  • New 37 metre-tall light towers and a new 50 square-metre video scoreboard
  • Comprehensive food and beverage services.

The new Mars Stadium Ballarat will enable the region to attract international events and become part of the regular AFL season thanks to a new ‘home ground’ relationship developed with the Western Bulldogs.

The inaugural AFL Premiership League match was played between Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide on Saturday 19 August .

Mars Stadium is part of the Victorian Government’s $38.5 million investment in the Eureka Sports Precinct, which includes $9 million for extra courts at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre, $5 million for the Ballarat Showgrounds and $2.5 million for C E Brown Reserve.

Around 30 jobs have been created and $11 million injected into the regional economy. It’s expected to attract 21,000 more visitors to Ballarat each year by hosting events that would otherwise be in Melbourne or Geelong.

The redevelopment was backed by the Victorian Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund that is supporting major projects and industries, and at the time of the stadium opening, helped generate more than 4,600 regional jobs.

VFL Football game at Eureka Stadium in Ballarat Crowds watch the first AFL Football game at Eureka Stadium in Ballarat Aerial view of Eureka Stadium in Ballarat


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Last Updated: 15 September 2017