We recognise and remember what Anzac Day means to our precinct, both in unique historical significance and continuing commemoration at noteworthy sporting events.
#1 Army Barracks
The Swan Street Army Depot was built at Olympic Park in 1935 at a cost of £36,000. It would be variously used for RAE militia headquarters and troops (1935-39), an important tactical base during WW2, an assembly point for Vietnam National Servicemen, as well as security HQ for major national events such as CHOGM (1981) and Pope John Paul II's 1986 visit. A ‘Swan Song’ ceremonial march out was conducted in 1991 to mark the facility's closure.
#2 AAMI Park Opening
AAMI Park’s first sporting event was a rugby league Anzac Day test on May 7, 2010. Australia took on NZ before a sell-out crowd of 29 442, which remains the third highest attendance record today.
#3 Melbourne Storm
AAMI Park will host the highly-anticipated annual Anzac Day Storm vs Warriors clash, recognising the date with a Stadium blackout and special ceremony before kick-off. The inaugural 2009 game saw Storm’s first draw since the golden-time rule was introduced and in the rainy clash, despite the ten minutes ‘golden-time’ being played, a last-minute goal was disallowed and both sides left the field in a rare deadlock.
#4 Collingwood Football Club
Our long-standing AFL tenant club the Collingwood Magpies have been preparing at their Olympic Park Oval home, for their classic Anzac Day clash with Essendon across the road at the MCG.