Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Crowd numbers lead to AFL venue change for women’s competition opener

Crowd numbers lead to AFL venue change for women’s competition opener
January 23, 2017

The AFL’s season opening women’s fixture between Carlton and Collingwood on 3rd February has been moved to Ikon Park due to higher than expected demand.

The AFL Women’s tournament opener, was originally scheduled to be opened on the afteoon of Friday 3rd February at Melbourne Park’s Olympic Oval, which holds 7,000 people.

However it will now be played at the nearby Princes Park, which can hold upwards of an extra 10,000 fans, in a prime time of 7.45pm for increased television and crowd exposure.

The move follows around 2,000 people attending a Carlton and Melbourne practice match on Saturday, prompting AFL Game Development Manager Simon Lethlean to consider the switch.

Lethlean stated “all footy fans who want to see the opening AFLW match will now have the opportunity to do so at Ikon Park.

“It is fantastic the new AFLW competition has so much momentum and interest.”

The match is the first of four games to kick off the new season early next month.

The majority of AFL women’s games, as well as a number of men’s pre-season clashes, will be played at community venues including North Melbourne’s historic Arden St base.

Lethlan thinks further venue changes are unlikely, adding “I don’t think we think there’s going to be capacity issues throughout the season.”

Lethlean also denied there were concerns about the Olympic Park surface after Carlton FC Chief Executive Steven Trigg reportedly questioned the ground’s suitability.

Lethlean concluded “that’s not part of the decision.

“Collingwood train there every day and they wouldn’t have their athletes use it if there were issues.

“It’s not pristine like the MCG or Etihad but it’s certainly fine.”

Image: Ikon Park, courtesy of Carlton FC. 

15th November 2016 - AFL ADVISED TO PLAN FOR LONG TERM INTEREST IN WOMEN’S COMPETITION

16th September 2016 - AFL WOMEN’S ANNOUNCED AS NAME FOR NEW WOMEN’S COMPETITION 

4th July 2016 - CARLTON FOOTBALL CLUB ADOPT SIEMENS MOBILE ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY IN AUSTRALIAN FIRST

15th June 2016 - EIGHT TEAMS TO CONTEST INAUGURAL AFL WOMEN’S COMPETITION

26th February 2013 - MELBOURNE OLYMPIC PARK GRASSED OVER


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Neptune Benson

Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation

 
 

TECHNOGYM AUSTRALIA

Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia  and Australia, Technogym exports its…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

PULSETEC SOLUTIONS

PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Technology / Venues

 
 

Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business