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Imagine a sport that combines the physicality of rugby with the skill of football, the athleticism of gymnastics and the stamina of marathon running, plus a dash of Quidditch’s craziness thrown in for good measure. That sport exists, and it’s called Australian rules football. Want to catch a professional game Down Under? Get your hands on a ticket to one of these eight iconic stadiums.
What the 49,700-seat SCG might lack in size compared to the MCG, it more than makes up for in charm. The elegant 19th century pavilions provide a unique backdrop for Aussie rules football. Rival fans will be quick to tell you Sydney Swans supporters were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and a prawn sandwich on their plate — and they’d run away faster than Usain Bolt the moment the club hits hard times — but hey, the Swans have made 19 of the last 22 semi-finals series, so the bandwagon’s in full swing.
Grass hills used to be a dime a dozen at old suburban footy grounds, but they’re a dying breed in this era of concrete mega-stadiums. That’s what makes the North Melbourne Kangaroos’ couple of ‘home’ games at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena each year so special, when the hill is covered with fans rugged up in their duffle coats and team colour scarves to protect themselves from the Antarctic breeze.
Blundstone Arena, 15 Derwent St, Bellerive, TAS, +61 3 6282 0400