The AFL has announced it’ll keep the controversial Marvel Stadium roof closed for all remaining day games of the 2019 AFL season.
While the Docklands venue isn’t the only AFL venue to run north-south, with Adelaide Oval, Metricon Stadium and the SCG and facing the same direction, the design of the roof can affect the viewing and game experience, due to the contrast created between shaded and sunlight areas of the ground.
Following the statement released on Thursday, it is understood the league will review the situation at the conclusion of the 2019 season, to determine what the policy will be ongoing for all future games.
The retractable roof at the AFL-owned stadium has long been a problem for players, fans and broadcasters, with social media lighting up with negative comments across the board.
Previously, stadium management would leave the decision to the home team, but now the stadium is owned by the AFL, football-boss Steve Hocking is essential responsible for whether the roof is open or shut. There’s no doubt some fans prefer the roof to be open if the sun is shine, to warm up the venue which can become bitterly cold during Melbourne’s winter.
The new policy comes into effect for round 15 AFL games, starting with Sunday’s St Kilda v Richmond match which commences at 1:10pm.