Around the (Victorian) grounds
One of the beautiful things about the AFLW is the diversity of stadiums and venues to visit. If the hassle of getting to the MCG and paying $25 for a drink and chips doesn’t sound like a good time, check out the footy at any of these grounds – whether your team is paying or not.
Don’t forget to plan your journey with arevo before heading to the ground.
Located: Royal Parade, Carlton North
Commonly known as Princes Park, this hallowed turf has been the spiritual home of Carlton for decades and was home to a record 62,000 fans at the 1945 VFL Grand Final (this is before the AFL existed).
Located: 160 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East
Hearts beat true for the red and the blue at Casey Field as the home of the Casey Demons VFL team, the Melbourne Demons AFL training ground, and most recently, the Melbourne Demons AFLW team. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s sporting precinct, the Demons’ AFLW team will be looking for redemption after losing the last Grand Final.
Located: LaTrobe Terrace, Geelong
Known to locals a ‘the cattery’, GMHBA is a daunting venue for any opposition to travel to. While playing away from home is tough enough, navigating the strong winds produced by the Geelong bay and adapting game styles to the narrow ground is a tough challenge for any touring team.
Located: Yarra Park, Punt Rd, Richmond
While the ground commonly known as Punt Road Oval has a current official capacity of 2,000, this is temporary due to the redevelopment of the Jack Dyer Grandstand that will soon allow 6,000 additional supporters. It would be ill-advised to head to Tigerland wearing anything other than black or yellow – these tigers are fierce.
Located: 541 Williamstown Road Port Melbourne
Whether you call it North Port Oval or the Port Melbourne Cricket Ground, ETU Stadium is a staple of VFL football, staging many home and away season games and finals series. One of the major attractions of this field is the close proximity to the South Melbourne market for after-game dim sims.
Located: Lulie Street, Abbotsford
The former home of the Collingwood Football Club is one of the most well-hidden football grounds in Victoria. Tucked away behind Johnston and Hoddle Streets in Collingwood, it is also one of the most accessible, with ample parking and a train station at its doorstep.
Box Hill City Oval
Located: Middleborough Rd, Box Hill
Steeped in heritage, the Box Hill City Oval is home to the City Oval Grandstand which was opened during November of 1937, and the Federation Gates which were installed in 2001, but date back more than 100 years. The happy team at Hawthorn now call this historic venue home.
Located: 32-60 Linton St, Moorabbin
Another historic ground hosting VFL and AFL matches from 1965 until 1992, commonly known as Moorabbin Oval, the ground has been a spiritual home for the St Kilda Football Club who returned to the ground for training purposes in 2019.
Located: Swan Street and Batman Avenue, Richmond
Formerly known as the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre, the AIA Centre has been most recently home to the Collingwood Football Club. The ground was originally constructed to facilitate swimming events at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.
Located: Plowman Place, Frankston
After the original grandstand was destroyed by a fire in 2008, the new grandstand was built in 2008 to allow up to 1,000 attendees to sit undercover. The home of the Frankston Football Club is also one of the few local stadiums featuring 1000-lux lighting - allowing for broadcast of night matches.
Located: 725 Creswick Rd, Wendouree
Formerly known as Eureka Stadium, the Mars Stadium resides within Ballarat’s Showgrounds at Wendouree. With limited parking and taxi services, shuttle bus services generally run during gameday from the Ballarat Railway Station Bus Terminal.