Kardinia Park Stadium (currently known as GMHBA Stadium for sponsorship reasons) is the home ground of AFL side Geelong Football Club. Australian rules football has been played in the park since the 19th century but it wasn’t 1941 the venue was established as the home of Geelong, after their former home of Corio Oval was commandeered by the military during the Second World War.
The record attendance was reached on the 30th August 1952 when the Geelong Cats took on Carlton Blues in front of 49,109. The stadium has undergone a number of renovations over recent years, the most recent that began in September 2021 and expected to be finished in mid-2023, increasing capacity to over 36,000.
Despite prominently being used as Australian rules football venue, international cricket was first played at the stadium in February 2017 as Sri Lanka defeated Australia in a T20 international by 2 wickets. BBL side, the Melbourne Renegades have played up to 2 matches a season at the ground since 2017 and Kardinia Park is also due to host six first round matches of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Football (soccer) has also been played at the stadium, with A-League side Melbourne Victory playing several fixtures there. Newly formed side Western United Football Club played the majority of their home matches at Kardinia Park between 2019 and 2022 whilst their proposed stadium at Tarneit was to be constructed.
Tenants: Geelong Football Club (AFL)
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Tickets for Australia International cricket matches played at Kardinia Park will be available through the official Cricket Australia website here.
Location & Travel to Kardinia Park
The stadium is located within Kardinia Park, a public park in South Geelong approximately 65 kilometres southwest of Melbourne.
Air – The closest airport is Avalon Airport, approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Geelong CBD and primarily offers flights to the Gold Coast and Sydney. Alternatively, Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine Airport) is approximately 85 kilometres away and is the second busiest airport in Australia, with international and domestic connections to many of the world and Australia’s destinations.
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Bus – Bus lines 24, 41, 42, 50, 51, 55 and 101 all stop at Moorabool Street, directly opposite Gate 5 and Gate 1.
Driving & Parking – When travelling on the Princes Freeway from Melbourne, follow signs for Geelong – the freeway becomes Latrobe Terrace. Once you reach the set of traffic lights opposite to 7-Eleven, turn left onto Kilgour Street and make an immediate right. There is a limited amount of parking available within the vicinity of the stadium on matchdays.
Train – There are frequent services to Geelong from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, with a journey time of about an hour. Geelong Railway Station is 1.8 kilometres north of the stadium (25 minute walk) or South Geelong station is 450 metres to the east (5 minute walk).
Walk – Kardinia Park is approximately a 15 minute walk from Geelong CBD, following Moorabool Street all the way south until you reach the stadium.
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Last Updated on October 17, 2022 by Sports Tourist