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Old January 15th, 2009, 02:15 AM   #441
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Took a closer look this morning and they've actually started not only the second south end bubble, but also the third.

It's times like these (when I look across the Grub to the Hisense Arena and Rod Laver) that I wished I had shares in a company that produces white tubular steel.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 12:53 PM   #442
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A bit old. but something new from Grocon.

http://www.grocon.com.au/upload/Rectangular.wmv
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Old February 6th, 2009, 03:33 AM   #443
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Raisers for the seats on the Western Stand have been erected overnight.

Yeayhes.

This thing will very soon look like the real deal.



Dancing bananas. What next?
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Old February 17th, 2009, 01:03 AM   #444
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Old February 18th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #445
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watch for roof sections coming down
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Old February 18th, 2009, 12:26 PM   #446
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Its looking huge from the train now. Plus from up high in the CBD if you can see the MCG area. It'll be nice once it's finished.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 01:12 PM   #447
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You were correct K_rock. Just glimpsed part of the roof structure while passing on the train. Seems that the south end has gone up.
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Old February 20th, 2009, 08:59 AM   #448
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I row past it 3 times a week.

Looks fantastic from the river!
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Old February 20th, 2009, 10:36 AM   #449
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Just went past on the train and they've started the north east corner on Swan Street!
If I get a chance I'll try and get a shot over the weekend.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:52 PM   #450
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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:55 PM   #451
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Great photos, well done!

It looks bloody impressive.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 03:09 AM   #452
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courtesy of 'the sean' at melbournevictory.net...


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Old February 23rd, 2009, 07:38 AM   #453
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Great pics guys...


Can't wait until it's finished . . . anyone know the expected completion date?
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Old February 24th, 2009, 01:32 AM   #454
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There's a great double page spread on it in The Age today, unfortunately the article isn't online!

Great photos too! Great to see the bubble it starting at the North End too!
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Old February 24th, 2009, 02:37 AM   #455
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Spoke too soon, the article is now online...

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February 24, 2009



Ney Fabiano and Jose Luis Lopez on what will be the pitch of the new Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
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Victory’s new home is a coming-of-age moment for soccer, writes Dan Silkstone.

FOR more than a year, Melbourne has watched it taking shape. Driving along CityLink you can see the terraces spring up, the first pieces of an instantly recognisable roof joining them in recent weeks.

The Melbourne Victory has been watching too. As the city’s new rectangular stadium has slowly emerged from a field beside Olympic Park, the men of the A-League’s power club have been getting excited.

This week, just days before they take the field as unbackable favourites in a home grand final, the Victory will train at Gosch’s Paddock, next door to their future base.

The Age joined players Jose Luis Lopez and Ney Fabiano for a tour—and first kick-around —at their new home in waiting.

"I’ve always been looking at this place from next door," Lopez said. "Now we are seeing inside. It is going to be a world-class stadium and it is good for the players, for the fans and for the football of Australia."

Entering for the first time, the pair looked around like wide-eyed schoolboys. "Look at this!," said Brazilian striker Fabiano.

"This will be a great atmosphere.We can put on a great spectacle here." Fabiano, with a year to run on his contract, was immediately thinking striker’s thoughts of glory.

"The opening here is going to be a great party and I would like to put myself down in the history of the club by playing in that game and scoring the first goal here," he said.

The terraces rise steeply— far more compact than the MCG or Telstra Dome.

"From the front row you will feel like you can touch the players," the site foreman says. It feels that way already and the finished pitch will sit almost a metre higher.

Victory chief executive Geoff Miles said the new stadium would provide his club with facilities to rival any AFL team, even nearby Collingwood.

"You get a sense already that the proximity of fans to the pitch will mean there is not a bad seat in the house and the atmosphere is going to be fantastic," he said.

"It is a true football stadium and compares very favourably to a lot of European stadiums."

The Victory will share the ground with the new Melbourne A-League franchise and rugby league’s Melbourne Storm.

But with a capacity boosted from an initially planned 20,000 to 31,000 specifically for the big-drawing team, it is hard not to see this as a coming-of-age moment for both soccer and club.

"We will have something that is ours," Lopez said.

"People will come here to support their team and the team will feel it. Being closer to the fans, that’s all that matters. As players you listen and if the people get crazy and support you it can change the game. At Telstra Dome it is good, but we would like to feel the people more close.

"It is a great moment that we are living right now. The new stadium, the A-League is getting better and better and we are in the grand final."

The distinctive bubble roof comes in massive white sections— currently littering the pitch area. They are so large that three factories are needed to produce them. One is in Tasmania.

Huge pieces— weighing hundreds of tonnes —have been shipped to Melbourne and trucked across the West Gate Bridge.

Called the Bioframe, this roof will look imposing but also use less than half the steel of a conventional structure. It will be clad with glass and rainwater will be harvested from its surfaces.

A better playing surface should make for better football, addressing one of the chief criticisms of the fouryear- old competition. Unlike Telstra Dome, there will be no concrete slab and car park under the playing surface.

"The pitch will be perfect and that is always what you want as a player," Lopez said.

The stadium will not be available for next A-League season but should be ready for the club’s Asian Champion’s League campaign, a year from now.

Efforts to secure a glamour friendly to launch the ground have proved difficult as the stadium will only become available in the middle of the European season.

But the prospect of a clash between the Victory and a big Japanese club, for competition points, in a packed new home is excitement enough.

"It’s an understatement to say that we are looking forward to it. An international match like that would be a fantastic opportunity," Miles said.

The stadium will not just be a match-day home. A new training pitch will be installed next door at Gosch’s Paddock.

"We will have a retail outlet— shared with the Storm—that will be larger than the Collingwood one at Lexus Centre,"

Miles said. "What we have will be right up there with the best facilities in the world: gymnasium, pool, ice baths, warmup area, player lounge, videoediting suite, all of the facilities we could ask for will be available and that will certainly help our recruiting effort, our preparation and everything we do as a club."

Miles says he expects the stadium will sell-out for most matches.Members will be given priority if seats become scarce. Blockbuster games— against Sydney and Adelaide —will still be played at Telstra Dome.

The two longer sides of the rectangle will be constructed so as to allow future expansion, should Australia’s bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup prove successful.

On the club’s unofficial supporter forum, building progress has been breathlessly followed each day. At every home match the Victory fans sing their unofficial anthem City by the Yarra—a remnant from the club’s birthplace at Olympic Park.

Soon they will sing it again, back in the old neighbourhood, at a shiny new stadium by the Yarra.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 07:11 AM   #456
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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:08 AM   #457
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Old February 27th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #458
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Quite possibly the only decent object under construction in fair old Mlebourne atm.......... This stadium will rock and will make the whole stadium area look even better. Go Melbourne at least we rock when it comes to sport!!!!!!!
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Old February 28th, 2009, 04:21 AM   #459
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Supra, you've just gone through the threads bagging everything. What buildings do you ACTUALLY LIKE? Remembering that not every building is going to be space aged and awesome?
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Old February 28th, 2009, 05:41 PM   #460
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Supra, you've just gone through the threads bagging everything. What buildings do you ACTUALLY LIKE? Remembering that not every building is going to be space aged and awesome?
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I said I liked this didn't I. If people build absolute turd I'm not going to sit here and COOL to look like I'm participating in the forum.
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