2018 has been another big year for Australian Stadiums and the Austadiums website. We look back at the year that was.
We highlight the five most read news articles and most viewed stadiums on Austadiums as well as highest attendances we've recorded throughout the year.
TOP FIVE NEWS ARTICLES
5. New Dandenong Stadium proposed for A-League expansion side
Dandenong in Melbourne's south-east could be the home of a new 15,000-seat rectangular stadium if the region is granted one of the new A-League franchises.
4. Sydney Football Stadium design unveiled
The design of the new Sydney Football Stadium has been unveiled, with the rebuilt venue to include 45,000 seats, cost $729 million, and open in 2022.
3. North Queensland Stadium starts to rise
The new North Queensland Stadium is starting to rise from the ground, with the first seating platforms recently taking shape.
2. A-League Expansion: The teams and stadiums
Ten bidders have been shortlisted by FFA for the next stage of the A-League expansion process including three each from Sydney and Melbourne.
1. Etihad Stadium to be renamed Marvel Stadium
Melbourne's Etihad Stadium has a new naming-rights sponsor, with the 55,000-capacity Docklands venue to be known as Marvel Stadium as of October 1, 2018.
FIVE MOST VIEWED STADIUMS
5. Marvel Stadium
4. ANZ Stadium
3. Sydney Cricket Ground
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
1. Optus Stadium
Australia's newest stadium, Optus Stadium in Perth, was by far the most popular stadium on the Austadiums website, receiving the most number of views by some distance.
TOP TEN ATTENDANCES
10. AFL: Richmond v Collingwood - 88,180 (MCG)
9. AFL: Richmond v Carlton - 90,151 (MCG)
8. AFL Finals: Hawthorn v Melbourne - 90,152 (MCG)
7. 2018 Victoria Derby - 91,194 (Flemington Racecourse)
6. AFL: Collingwood v Essendon - 91,440 (MCG)
5. AFL Finals: Richmond v Hawthorn - 91,446 (MCG)
4. AFL Finals: Melbourne v Geelong Cats - 91,767 (MCG)
3. 2018 F1 Australian Grand Prix (d4) - 94,500 (Albert Park GP Circuit)
2. AFL Finals: Richmond v Collingwood - 94,959 (MCG)
1. AFL Grand Final: West Coast Eagles v Collingwood - 100,022 (MCG)
All top 10 events were in Melbourne, proving it is the sporting capital. Dominated by the AFL with eight of the highest attended events being AFL matches at the MCG, with the largest the Grand Final which attracted over 100,000 fans.
It’s been a big year for the Austadiums website with a range of improvements and new features further enhancing the site. There are now some 470 stadiums listed on the site with 322 of them detailed listings. And we’re finishing the year with our inaugural Austadiums Awards – votes closed on December 31 and the winners will be announced soon!