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  • Thinking on your feet: A walkable conference program in the Marvel Stadium district

    April 22, 2024

    Melbourne is a compact city with access to outstanding business events infrastructure. Both event planners and delegates find it easy to meet, stay and play without the need to take transport between venues and events included in conference programs. 

    Get an idea of how you can build a brilliant conference program around Marvel Stadium, Sea Life Aquarium and Movenpick, where delegates can enjoy a walk between venues and get a taste of the city at the same time.


    Marvel Stadium is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere with a retractable roof and offers over 20 purpose-built event spaces. You can host anything from a small boardroom meeting to a massive gala for 70,000. In 2024, Marvel Stadium unveiled its massive AUD $225 million redevelopment, opening up a new world of possibilities for event planners.

    The stadium is located in Melbourne’s Docklands district in the heart of the city.

    In addition to Marvel Stadium’s event spaces, Marvel’s promenade is home to new and exciting venues for dinners and events, such as Friends of Fire and Amphora Bar. Showcasing American menus highlighting Southern, New England and New York City-style food, as well as cutting-edge vegan options, the restaurant and bar has a combined capacity of 1,350 people for business events.

    Tip: Marvel Stadium is also home to the famous Australian Football League (AFL) matches. Guest appearances from Melbourne’s AFL sporting greats, AFL team building workshops on the playing field, behind-the-scenes tours, and personalised merchandise are just some of the unique activations available when meeting at Marvel Stadium.

    conferences in Melbourne's Marvel Stadium

    Image: Event spaces at Marvel Stadium

    Amphora Bar

    Image: Amphora Bar, Marvel Stadium promenade


    Nearby accommodation includes Mövenpick Melbourne on Spencer and The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne.

    Mövenpick is a 4.5 star hotel only an eight minute walk from Marvel Stadium. With a pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, award-winning modern Asian restaurant Miss Mi, the famous daily chocolate hour, and proximity to Melbourne’s Southbank promenade, Mövenpick is an appealing choice for delegates.

    Only a 10-minute walk from Marvel Stadium, The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne rises 80 stories above the city and boasts outstanding views. For delegate appeal, the luxury hotel features the awarded Atria restaurant, The Ritz Carlton Club and immersive spa and wellness facilities. Event planners can also combine the hotel’s impressive 2,781 sqm of meeting facilities and grand ballroom with a program at Marvel Stadium.

    Conferencing at Ritz Carlton Melbourne

    Image: Ritz-Carlton Melbourne


    In addition to event spaces within Marvel Stadium, there are many unique venues nearby perfect for welcome parties and gala dinners, such as SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

    SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is only an eight minute walk from Mövenpick or a 10 minute walk from the Ritz-Carlton.

    Managed by Showtime Event Group, delegates will be surrounded by nature’s most incredible sea life while dining and socialising. SEA LIFE Aquarium is ideal for 200 (banquet), 160 (banquet with dance floor) and 600 cocktail. 

    Learn more about SEA LIFE Aquarium for events

    Conferencing and events at SeaLife Melbourne Aquarium

    Image: SEA LIFE Aquarium Melbourne

    Ask Melbourne Convention Bureau to design a fully walkable conference program

    Hold your conference in Melbourne and let the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) guide your program development. MCB can make suggestions for the perfect venues, arrange site inspections and help boost delegate attendance with impressive promotional assets and tools.

    Find out more about MCB’s services