Plans for Marvel Stadium

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Marvellous new plans for Melbourne’s second ­biggest stadium envision the Docklands venue ­transformed into a sports and ­entertainment hub like nothing else in the world.

A blueprint for the soon-to-be-launched Marvel Stadium, obtained exclusively by the Herald Sun, reveals the stunning plan Disney has for the AFL-owned venue for the first time.

A Spider-Man-themed climbing wall, obstacle courses and ziplines are among the proposals.

Hollywood-style searchlights that shine about 50m high into the Melbourne sky and a virtual reality zone are also part of plans to bring a slice of Disneyland to ­Docklands.

Giant Hulk and Iron Man busts will tower 4m over the scoreboards, facing off at each end of the stadium.

A Marvel megastore will be built at the venue, movies screened around the ground and film nights planned as ­stadium chiefs look to activate the venue on more than just match days.

New Marvel exterior signs almost 5m high and 36m long will greet fans ­outside the stadium with state-of-the-art lighting.

An Iron Man bust towers over a scoreboard in an artist’s impression of Marvel Stadium.

And striking images of Marvel characters will be plastered throughout the venue.

Disney Australia and New Zealand senior vice-president and managing ­director Kylie Watson-Wheeler said the stadium would break new ground as it became a 365-day venue.

“There is nothing like this in the world,’’ she said.

“This is a one-off for us as a business.’’

Soccer fans will be the first to experience the rebranded stadium when the A-League Melbourne derby is played on October 20

But Ms Watson-Wheeler said widescale changes to the stadium would take greater shape in coming months.

“I think it will be exciting from day one but the first day is just the beginning,’’ she said.

“And certainly, how we bring this to life over time will be more and more exciting as we bring more elements to the forefront.’’

English Premier League style-writing is expected on Marvel Stadium seats.
An artist’s impression of the Marvel Stadium exterior

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