Lakeside Stadium is Melbourne’s premier athletics venue, located close to the Melbourne CBD in the suburb of Albert Park.
Sporting facilities have been located on the site of Lakeside Stadium since 1878, with Lakeside Oval serving as the ground for Australian Rules club South Melbourne until 1981.
The venue was converted to a soccer facility as Lakeside Stadium in 1995, serving as South Melbourne FC.
An athletics track was laid in 2011 in front of the existing football grandstand, due to relocation of athletics from Olympic Park, following the venue’s demolition. Since that time it has served as Melbourne’s main athletics venue.
Located near the coast and adjacent to a lake, and being largely exposed, wind conditions are generally unfavourable at the venue.
Lakeside Stadium was host to the Australian Championships in 2012 and 2014, as well as hosting the Melbourne Track Classic (2012 – 2016, 2020), Nitro Athletics series (2017) and Zatopek:10 (2011 – 2019).
A six-lane, 60m warm up track is located behind the back straight grandstand.
Connected to the main grandstand is Athletics House, which hosts Athletics Australia, Little Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria and Little Athletics Victoria as tenants. A historic grandstand at the eastern end of the venue was converted into office and training facilities for the Victorian Institute of Sport when the venue was redeveloped in 2011.
The venue cannot generally be used during the month of March due to preparations for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
The track was last resurfaced in 2020 and is a Rekortan M99 surface.
Lakeside Stadium is managed by the Melbourne Sports Centre Trust, and is available for casual training when not otherwise booked.
- Notable PerformancesNotable Performances:
- 10 December 2011: The first major event at the newly constructed stadium, the Zatopek:10. Kenyans Emmanuele Bett and Joye Chepkirui claimed the headline 10000m events in 27:39.33 and 31:26.10 respectively.
- 2-3 March 2012: IAAF World Challenge Meeting, which also served as the main selection trial for the Australian Olympic team. Sally Pearson recorded her fastest ever performance on Australian soil in the 100m hurdles (12.49s), while Henry Frayne won the long jump/triple jump double (8.09m/17.34m w) and Craig Mottram defeated Collis Birmingham in a closely fought 5000m (13:18.58).
- 13-15 April 2012: The venue hosted its first Australian Championships. Winning performances included Joshua Ross (100m, 10.23s) and Melissa Breen (100m, 11.31s).
- 22 March 2014: Melbourne Track Classic, with a national record set in the javelin by Kim Mickle (66.83m).
- 3-6 April 2014: Australian Championships, with Brooke Stratton leaping 6.70m in the long jump.
- 21 March 2015: Melbourne Track Classic, with Tom Walsh winning the shot put in 21.37m.
- 5 March 2016: Melbourne Track Classic, with a national record set in the 5000m walk by Dane Bird-Smith (18:38.97). Alana Boyd leapt to 4.71m in the pole vault while David Rudisha won the 800m in 1:44.78.
- 4, 9 & 11 February 2017: Nitro Athletics series, featuring Usain Bolt in a team based competition contested over a mixture of traditional and non-traditional events. Near capacity 8,000 people crowds attended each night. EVENT SUMMARY.
- 6 February 2020: A return of high performance competition with the Melbourne Track Classic. Highlight performances included Jessica Hull (15:06.12) and Stewart McSweyn (13:38.77) who took out the 5000m national titles held at the meet in convincing style. MEET SUMMARY.
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- FacilitiesTrack Length: 400mNumber of lanes - circular: 8Number of Lanes - Straight: 10Water Jump: Yes - externalLong Jump Pits: 4High Jump Fans: 2Pole Vault Pits: 4Discus Circles: 1Shot Put Circles: 2Javelin Runways: 2Hammer Circles: 1Lighting: YesSeating: 7,400 grandstand seats