- Address: Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne
- Country: Australia
- Capacity: 30,000
- Opened: 2010
- Main use: Football, rugby league, rugby union
- Tenants: Melbourne City (football), Melbourne Rebels (rugby union), Melbourne Storm (rugby league), Melbourne Victory (football), Western United (football)
Extra stadium info – AAMI Park
The construction of the stadium, which is also known as the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, started in 2007. The venue is owned by the Victorian government and it is located close to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Australian Open venues. Melbourne City, the Melbourne Rebels, the Melbourne Storm, the Melbourne Victory and Western United use the stadium for home games. The Melbourne Storm won their first premiership in 1999 after winning the premiership-deciding game in Sydney. 107,000 fans attended the match.
Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory
Melbourne City FC and Melbourne Victory FC became the first football clubs from Melbourne with a value of at least $10 million. They also became the first football clubs from Melbourne with 100,000 followers on their main social media page. In 2007, the Melbourne Victory were crowned Australian champions for the first time in their history after beating Adelaide United 6-0 in front of 55,000 fans in Melbourne. Archie Gerald Thompson scored the first five goals of the game.
Thompson played for several football clubs from Australia. He also played numerous matches for the national football team of Australia. In 2001, Archie Thompson scored 13 goals in a 31-0 record victory for the national football team of Australia, nicknamed Socceroos. The Socceroos played their first-ever FIFA World Cup match against the former German Democratic Republic on 14 June 1974. Archie Thompson joined the Dutch side PSV from Eindhoven in 2006. In 1988, PSV became the 34th football club in a world championship final.