GMHBA Stadium (traditionally known as Kardinia Park) is the home of football in Geelong and is one of the largest regional stadiums in Australia. Following the completion of the new Brownlow Stand, the stadium had a capacity of 36,000. Stage five of the stadium redevelopment commenced in late 2021, to replace the Gary Ablett Terrace with a new two-tier grandstand, to be completed in 2023 and boosting capacity to 40,000. During 2022, the redevelopment will reduce the stadium's capacity to as low as 23,000 at times.
The stadium features six grandstands, including the Brownlow Stand, the Players Stand (9,340 seats), the Premiership Stand (4,714 seats) and the Reg Hickey Stand on the outer wing which seats 6,098.
Kardinia Park has had a number of names over the years following naming rights agreements including Shell Stadium, Baytec Stadium, Skilled Stadium and its current name, Simonds Stadium. As well as AFL, the venue has also played host to domestic cricket, pre-season rugby league, rugby union and soccer matches. As of 1st January 2018, the venue became GMHBA Stadium.
Home of the Geelong Cats - AFL, AFLW & VFL - the stadium also hosts some cricket matches with the Melbourne Renegades playing one BBL game per season. The Melbourne Storm (NRL) and Melbourne Renegades (Super Rugby) also play occasional pre-season matches there, and as of 2019/20, new A-League club Western Melbourne will play at least two seasons at the stadium until their new home ground is built. It'll also host matches during the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup.
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