GMHBA Stadium (Kardinia Park)
|Clubs||Geelong FC, Western United FC, Melbourne Victory FC|
|Other names||Shell Stadium (1999-2001), Baytec Stadium (2001), Skilled Stadium (2001-2011), Simonds Stadium (2012-2017)|
|Cost||$ 175 million (2003-2019)|
|Record attendance||49,109 (Geelong - Carlton, 30/08/1952)|
|Design||Populous, Peddle Thorp|
|Address||La Trobe Terrace, Geelong VIC 3220|
GMHBA Stadium – stadium description
Known most commonly under its traditional name Kardinia Park, owed to its location, the stadium is one of the largest in Australia and one with quite a history. Its history dates back to the 19th century, when first games were held at the oval, now surrounded by a spacious auditorium.
Kardinia Park has historically been home to Geelong Football Club, one of Australian football's most cherished sides. Interestingly, it hasn't always been the actual home, only as match venue. Until 1941 that role was played by now demolished Corio Oval. Geelong FC relocated when the previous ground was taken by the army.
The oval owes its current appearance mainly to a series of upgrades delivered in the 21st century. Divided into several phases, the reconstructions delivered a brand new south and west part of the stadium, taking from 2003 to 2019. It was necessary to demolish some of the sections that stood there before, of course. As a result, very distinctive floodlight masts were erected, noticable from afar, while the stadium – once final works are delivered – should reach 40,000.
Today the stadium has 6 independent, conjoined grandstands, which preserve its historical oval shape, despite football and rugby also having a home here. Part of the auditorium is covered and the new roof is among Kardinia Park's most iconic elements.
Aside from being the home of Geelong FC, the stadium hosts two sides from A-League, Melbourne Victory and Western United. It's also frequently used for other sporting and entertainment events.
2026 Commonwealth Games: Kardinia Park to host the closing ceremony
Following the state of Victoria successful bid to host the next Commonwealth Games in four years’ time, it was announced that the city of Geelong will receive significant investment in its infrastructure ahead of the event. One of the venues will be Kardinia Park, where the closing ceremony will be held.
Australia: The champions from Melbourne with their own stadium?
Just 4 years after founding the club, Western United FC have recently triumphed in the Australian A-League. However, they have not had a permanent home since the beginning, and in the last 3 years have played matches at ... 6 different stadiums! This is about to change soon.
Australia: Melbourne could host 2026 Commonwealth Games
Victoria, a southeastern Australia state, will bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed that the state government is in exclusive negotiations with the organising body.
New design: As Western United prepare to break ground
When we showed you the first concept, they didn't even have a final name and club colours. Now Western United are already an A-League team and the stadium vision has changed entirely. See it here!
New stadium: GMHBA Stadium
Just west of Melbourne, in the suburbs of Geelong, sits one of Australia's most historical oval stadiums. This unlikely home to A-League's Melbourne Victory and Western United joins StadiumDB today.