Kardinia Park Stadium Australia
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Kardinia Park Stadium Australia

Kardinia Park Stadium has been in Australia for centuries and football has been played in this park since the 19th century. Cardinia Park has been the football venue of the city of Geelong since the 1940s.

Geelong Football Club played its Victorian Football League games at the location until 1940. Kardinia Pak served as the home ground for Geelong Football Club in the Victorian Football Association since 1922.

19 to 25 before the club moved to the Western Oval in Geelong West. Since then local and district level football matches were played regularly at this ground.

Stadium NameKardinia Park Stadium
Former namesSkilled Stadium Shell Stadium Baytec Stadium Simonds Stadium
LocationSouth Geelong, Victoria, Australia
OwnerKardinia Park Stadium Trust
OperatorKardinia Park Stadium Trust/Geelong Football Club
CapacityAround 26,000 while construction is underway
40,000 after final expansion [3] 
Record attendance49,109 (30 August 1952 Geelong v Carlton)
Field size170 x 115 m
Construction costA$319 million redevelopment (2003–2023)
ArchitectPopulous (company), Peddle Thorp (Redevelopment)
Bio WiKi

 Geelong Football Club began playing its home games at Kardinia or Park in 1941 after the army took over the Koryo Oval during World War II, and the ground has since become a local home venue.

In 2002 Kardinia Park hosted a visit by the Dalai Lama who visited the stadium again in 2007.

There is a saying for the team that played against Geelong at Kardinia Park which is said to have a particularly good record on the field. Geelong has not lost a single match played at the ground between August 2007 and August 27, 2011.

In 2012 the name of the stadium was changed to “The Cattery”.

30 July 2011 Geelong recorded their biggest win, the second biggest in the history of the ground when they beat Melbourne by 186 points. It was the Caterers’ second highest score of 37.11 in the history of the club. And it was the biggest score ever played at Kardinia Park.

The floodlights were installed ahead of the 2013 AFL season. And this venue also hosted its first night match during the season.

 In 2013, Kardinia Park hosted the first AFL Finals, which Geelong lost 87–72 against the Fremantle Dockers.

The current layout includes stadium seating stands including the Reg Hickey Stand, Players Stand, Premiership Stand, Brownlow Stand, Ford Stand/Fred Flanagan Room and Gary Ablett Terrace, the latter of which houses the main standing room section.

 History of Cricket

International cricket was played at this ground for the first time based on the announcement made in 2016. The ground hosted the second T20 International between Australia and Sri Lanka on 19 February. In this match, Sri Lanka won the match by 2 wickets and Sri Lanka chased 173 runs on the last ball of the match.

  The ground was confirmed to be one of the venues used in the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup. But due to the impact of Kovid-19, the tournament was postponed till October 2001 with the United Arab Emirates and Oman hosting instead of Australia which will host the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup instead.

Kardinia Park Redevelopment

In 2003, $28 million in full development for the stadium was announced, with the Victorian government spending $13.5 million for the Geelong Football Club, $4.5 million and the AFL $2 million. After the Poonam development the ground was played during the first home game of the 2005 season in 2005, a new western entrance and membership area as well as a 5 tier wing site Great Stand with a capacity of approximately 6000 spectators on the eastern side of the stadium. And the name of that gate was changed to Bob Davis Gate.

In 2007 a total of $25 million was received for the complete construction of the Ross Drew Stand in the southwest of the land in the Kardinia Park development. In which the project received $14 million in grants from the federal government and $6 million from the Victorian government.

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In which there is a seating facility of 4000 supporters. And this stand was opened in 2010. A new 600-seat temporary stand was then built between the Reg Hickey and Doug Wade stands for $50,000. In April 2011 the Doug Wade stand at the southern end of the stadium was pulled down in the third phase of planned development .

And the old Doug Wade Stand was replaced by a nearly 9000-seat Southern Grandstand. This is followed by a grade stand to facilitate better vision, a purpose-built training facility for community sports and education groups, and a past player event classroom and a tower of 4 broadcast compliant flight lights.

After this redevelopment the capacity of the stadium increased to 34500. This redevelopment involved approximately $33 million of which 11.7 million was spent on new lighting. A total of Rs 91 million was spent on the Pune development of the stadium in the fourth phase.

In which $75 million was received from the Victorian Government and 6 million from the city of Greater Geelong and 6 million and 4 million from the AFL. After this the capacity of the stadium was increased to 34000. Similarly, in the fifth phase of redevelopment of the stadium, the capacity of the stadium was increased to 40000.

area of ​​field

 The length is 170 meters and the width is 115 meters and its target runs from north to south.

Stadium Capacity


By walk

Kardinia Park is located in the heart of Geelong and is easily accessible on foot from Geelong CBD. About 15-20 minutes from the waterfront.

By Bus

Public bus stops are located along Murbool Street, just opposite Gate 5 – Bernie Smith (river end) and Gate 1 – Polly Farmer (town end).

By Train

Geelong is about an hour from Melbourne’s Southern Cross station, Geelong.


What will be the capacity of Kardinia Park?

36000 to 40000

Where does the name kardinia come from?

That means Sunrise in the aboriginal language

How old is Kardinia Park?

81 Years old

What is Geelong’s home ground called?

GMHBA Stadium

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