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Colonial Stadium, Melbourne

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Colonial Stadium is a landmark structure unlike any other sports stadium in the world. Opened in March 2000, and built at a cost of around USD 230 million, this multi-purpose venue can accommodate 52 000 spectators. It features a versatile seating system, whereby 12 500 seats can be rolled forward on 115 m long trussed frames. However, it is the moving roof which crowns this magnificent engineering achievement. Covering the 160 m by 100 m opening are two panels, each weighting approximately 1200 t which can fully enclose the pitch in around 8 minutes.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2002

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