Lakeside Stadium

Lakeside Stadium, now officially known as Melbourne Sports Centres - Lakeside, is an athletics and football venue located at Albert Park. The venue assumed the mantle of Melbourne's premier athletics venue when it reopened in October 2011 following a major redevelopment, taking over from Olympic Park. The venue was originally known as the Lake Oval (or South Melbourne Cricket Ground) and served as the home ground of the South Melbourne Swans from 1878 until they relocated to Sydney in 1982. In 1995, the venue was reborn as Bob Jane Stadium – an 18,000-capacity rectangular stadium to host former NSL club South Melbourne.

In 2010/2011, the venue was revamped to become the home of Victorian Athletics. Features of the redevelopment included a new northern grandstand, video scoreboard, broadcast-quality lighting, a IAAF-approved synthetic 8-lane running track with a 10-lane, 110m straight, 50m indoor running track, new FIFA-sized natural grass pitch for soccer, six-lane warm up track and training facilities for athletics. Terracing is located at either end of the field, giving Lakeside Stadium a total capacity of around 12,000.

The 1926 heritage grandstand was restored and is now the home of the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS), while the existing main grandstand and function centre was also restored during the redevelopment, as was the administration facilities for the South Melbourne Football Club.

Lakeside Stadium

Lakeside Stadium Details

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Location
Address
25 Albert Road Drive, Albert Park. Tel: (03) 9645 9797  
Capacity
12,000  
Seats
7,400 (62% of capacity)
Record Crowd
41,000: 30/07/1932 - VFL: South Melbourne v Carlton
Highest Crowd since 2003
11,800 - 30/01/05: VPL: South v Heidelberg  
Lights
Yes  
Arena Roof
No  
Video Screen
Yes  
Opened
1878
Redeveloped
2011
Former/Other Names
Lake Oval
South Melbourne Cricket Ground
Bob Jane Stadium
Melbourne Sports Centres - Lakeside
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Sports Played
Athletics
Football  
Home Teams
South Melbourne FC (NPL Vic)  
Last Event
Next Event
 
Official Website
Directions
From the city, follow Clarendon St to Albert Park. From the South, follow Kings Way and turn left at Albert Road.
Transport
Trams run down Clarendon St from the City.
Parking
Limited parking is available next to the ground however as it's also used by MSAC visitors, it's often quite busy. Parking is also available on Albert Road.
Accommodation
See nearby Lakeside Stadium hotels and more. VIEW ACCOMMODATION
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