Stadium of light

Austadiums   |  Sunday 2nd August 2009

Melbourne's new state-of-the-art rectangular stadium will light up the city's skyline.

As this image reveals, the $267.5 million landmark taking shape at Olympic Park will shine brightly, thanks to a spectacular light design never before seen in Australia.

Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas will today announce that the stadium roof will be covered with thousands of LED lights that can shine in any colour and be programmed to display a variety of patterns and images.

Mr Pallas said the lighting scheme would put the 31,000-seat stadium on a par with Beijing's Olympic Games Water Cube and the 2006 soccer World Cup stadium in Munich.

"The rectangular stadium will be an amazing landmark and a shimmering new beacon in the Melbourne skyline," he said.

"It won't just be the sporting events inside that attract attention, the stadium itself will be a spectacle."

Mr Pallas said the illuminated stadium would also be environmentally friendly, with the LED lights using about a 10th of the power required to floodlight the stadium.

The rectangular stadium, which will be home to the Melbourne Victory A-League soccer team and Melbourne Storm NRL squad, will also have a world-class training, sports medicine and administration complex.

It will house public bars and cafes, 24 corporate boxes, a dining room with a capacity of 1000 people, a gym and lap pool.

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