Hi people. I came across this site and it seems informative and interesting so I thought I would register because I have a question to ask.
In 2000, prior to the openening of Colonial Stadium aka Telstra Dome, the Herald Sun released a 30 page booklet in conjunction with Channel 7 about the new stadium. Information in this booklet contained everything you would want to know about the stadium. I still have the booklet to this day.
On page 11 of this booklet, I quote:
"It was always intended to be a medium size stadium. It seats 52,660 for AFL football, but the arena can be reconfigured to hold audiences ranging from 12,000 to 74,000.
On pages 12-13, there is a double spread of the design of the structure beneath the actual seats. According to this computer generated picture, there are actual rails beneath the playing surface which allows the blocks of seats to move in forwards to make for a rectangular pitch. The moving of these blocks of seats also allows for the stadium capacity to be increased to 74,000 or to be reduced to 15,000.
Here is the explanation as stated by the booklet:
" A total of 12,600 seats in the lower tier can be electrically rolled forward up to 18m to form a rectangular field for soccer, rugby or other sports and stage events. It takes 30 workers about eight hours to re-configure the seating."
The venue is now entering its fourth year as an operational stadium, and the thing is, I have never seen the seats reconfigured to either 15,000 or 74,000 capacity.
What I would like to know is, if anyone else ever read this particular booklet and if so, what it says about the reconfiguration being true or not...because I have yet to see it. Maybe that was the plan originally but then they may have decided to fix the seating at about 50,000 odd, I'm not sure. But I would like to know and if anyone can share light on this it would be much appreciated.