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Lakeside Stadium

Lakeside Stadium

Historic view of Lakeside Stadium, 2009
Former names Lake Oval, Bob Jane Stadium
Location Albert Park, Victoria
Operator State Sports Centre Trust
Capacity 12,000 (Venue Capacity)
5,080 (Seated Capacity)
Surface Grass
Opened 1995
Renovated 2011
Victorian Institute of Sport
Athletics Victoria
Athletics Australia
Australian Little Athletics
Melbourne Victory FC (Youth Team)
Melbourne Victory FC (Women's Team)
South Melbourne FC

Lakeside Stadium (formerly known as Bob Jane Stadium due to sponsorship reasons) is an athletics track and soccer stadium in Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia. Built on the site of the former Australian rules football ground the Lake Oval, it currently serves as the home ground and administrative base for the South Melbourne FC, Athletics Victoria, Athletics Australia, Victorian Institute of Sport and Australian Little Athletics. Previously the venue was solely a soccer venue for South Melbourne FC however the venue was completely rebuilt in 2011 to accommodate the state's premier athletics facilities after the demolition of Olympic Park Stadium.


  • History 1
    • The Lake Oval and Australian rules football 1.1
    • Redevelopment 1.2
    • Athletics venue 1.3
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The Lake Oval and Australian rules football

1926 grandstand prior to Lakeside Stadium redevelopment

Lakeside Stadium stands on the site of the former Lake Oval a former home ground for the Australian rules football and home of the South Melbourne Football Club from before the club relocated to Sydney in 1982. The ground had a significant VFL/AFL history, having been the host venue for both the 1901 VFL Grand Final. When electric floodlighting was installed at the venue during the 1950s, it became one of the first venues in Melbourne to regularly host night football matches including the night premiership series between 1952 and 1971. Night premiership matches in the Victorian Football Association in 1957 and 1958[1] and night interstate matches,[2] including many matches at the 1958 Interstate Carnival[3] were also held at the Lake Oval.

The ground record crowd for Lake Oval was set on 30 July 1932 when 41,000 turned out to see Carlton defeat South Melbourne by nine points.[4]

The oval was also home to the South Melbourne Cricket Club in summer and the Old Xaverians Football Club were based there in 1993 and 1994.

A remnant of the old Lake Oval structure, a grandstand built in 1926, still remains standing at the venue. It had not been used for several years, and had fallen into disrepair. Its continued existence was the subject of debate. At one stage the Sydney Swans football club showed interest in repurchasing it to be used as a museum and administrative building, while there were also calls from others to demolish the building because of its derelict state. Under the re-modeling of the venue in 2011, the stand was refurbished to house the VIS.[5]


Construction of the football stadium took place in 1995 when South Melbourne FC was forced out of their old home at Middle Park to make way for the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.[6]

The stadium was built with a capacity of 14,000 people,[7] which was achieved or approached several times in South Melbourne's history at the ground. A grandstand with an approximate capacity of 3,000 people was situated on one side, with a social club, reception centre and administrative facilities built in, while the other 3 sides of the ground consisted of open terraces with wooden seats. At one stage, a second two tiered stand for the outer side was proposed, but only preliminary plans were produced.[8]

As well as being the home of South Melbourne FC, the venue also hosted games by the Socceroos,[9] Young Socceroos, Australia's national women's team the Matildas,[10] and grand finals and finals matches of the Victorian Premier League.[11]

Athletics venue

In May 2008 the State Government announced that Lakeside Stadium would undergo a major redevelopment, in order to accommodate an athletics track, as part of moving Athletics Victoria from Olympic Park. The Victorian Institute of Sport, Athletics Victoria and South Melbourne FC would share tenancy of the venue. Major Projects Victoria committed $60 million to the project. South Melbourne played its final match under Lakeside Stadium's previous configuration in April 2010, and construction work on the remodeled venue began in June 2010.

The synthetic 8-lane athletics track was constructed to international IAAF standards. A 6-lane 60 metre warm-up track was also constructed. The remodelling also saw a FIFA sized natural grass soccer pitch, a new electronic scoreboard, upgraded lighting, a new northern stand and new spectator amenities. The old grandstand was also renovated to accommodate offices.[12] In March 2012, the stadium hosted the Melbourne Track Classic.

The venue is operated by the State Sports Centre Trust, the operators of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

See also


  1. ^ "Lone V.F.A. club's 'no' to night football". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). 2 April 1957. p. 47. 
  2. ^ Noel Carrick (24 July 1957). "Burst by S.A. crushes V.F.A.". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). p. 45. 
  3. ^ Bernie Bretland (3 July 1958). "Big men pave way for WA". The Sun News-Pictorial (Melbourne, VIC). p. 38. 
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External links

  • Lakeside Stadium homepage
  • Lakeside Stadium at Austadiums
  • "Around the Grounds" - Web Documentary - Lakeside Oval
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