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Ballarat Match Parking And Transport

To accommodate crowds and make looking for a park less stressful, the City of Ballarat will provide free shuttle buses to and from Mars Stadium.

Free shuttle bus services

The popular shuttle bus services will again operate from the Ballarat Train Station from 11.30am, running on a continuous loop to and from Mars Stadium up until the first bounce.

Patrons can then catch the free bus service back into the CBD from 3.30pm. This service will drop patrons off in Sturt Street, across from the Ballarat Town Hall.

A secondary free shuttle bus service will operate from Heinz Lane, near Midlands Golf Club. The first bus service will depart for Mars Stadium at 11.40am, with services every 20 minutes until 2.20pm.

The buses will begin returning patrons to Heinz Lane from Mars Stadium at 4pm.
Both services will operate until patrons have dispersed.


Parking and traffic conditions, including 40km/h zones around the stadium precinct, will take place on Saturday 5 May for the safety of footy fans and motorists.

Drivers are urged to utilise the hundreds of parking spaces available at C.E Brown Reserve and surrounding ovals. These parking spaces can be accessed from Dowling Street.

Patrons will have access to gates 1, 2 and 3 via a short walk.

Accessible parking will be available at the North Ballarat Sports Club via Creswick Road.

Angled parking will be available in Norman Street, and limited parking will also be available at the Ballarat Showgrounds (access via Creswick Road).

Footy-goers are also encouraged to take advantage of the 2000 car parks available at Midlands Golf Club in Heinz Lane and catch the free shuttle bus to Mars Stadium.

No parking will be available at the current Wendouree Sports and Events Centre of Norman Street, with works currently underway on the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre redevelopment.

Patron drop off & pick up zones

While Creswick Road will remain open to traffic, patrons will not have access to parking along this stretch of road between Howitt and Norman Streets on game day.

 This area will be set aside to accommodate buses, taxis and the patron drop-off and pick-up zones.

Two drop-off and pick-up zones have been set aside on Creswick Road, available to drivers looking to drop-off/pick-up family and friends.

Residents and businesses near Mars Stadium may be impacted by overflow parking. 
Short delays are expected, and road users are reminded to approach the area with caution. 

City of Ballarat local laws parking enforcement staff will be circulating the area to ensure property access is available for businesses and residences.

Safe road infrastructure

If you are traveling to and from the game along the Western Freeway, Midland Highway or Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road, you may come across an in-progress road infrastructure improvement project.

These three roads are benefitting from safety upgrades as part of the Victorian Government’s $1.1-billion Towards Zero action plan to save lives and reduce serious injuries on the state’s roads.

The Western Freeway – from the Western Ring Road to Ballarat
This project covers about 100 kilometres of freeway and will largely involve the installation of flexible roadside safety barriers.

The Midland Hwy, between Ballarat and Creswick
About 20 kilometres of road are covered in this project, which will involve the installation of roadside and centre-line safety barriers, in addition to three new roundabouts.

The Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road.
Roadside and centre-line barriers will be installed on 40 kilometres of road.  Works will also include the construction of two roundabouts

Safe footy road trip

We want everyone driving to and from the footy in Ballarat this weekend, to get there and home safely. There are several ways to ensure you have a safe footy road trip.

  • A safe road trip starts with a good sleep the night before. So if you are driving on Saturday, make sure you are well rested before hitting the road.
  • If you’re feeling tired, stop for a break to stretch your legs and change drivers if possible.
  • Eliminate distractions – stay off your phone while driving.
  • Allow plenty of time so you aren’t rushing to get there.
  • Drive to the conditions, because they can change quickly in the country.
  • Take your time and stick within the speed limits.

Drinking and driving – they’re better apart

  • If you plan on drinking at the game, you should also have a designated driver or a plan to get home safely that doesn’t involve driving.
  • If you plan on driving to the game, don’t drink heavily the night before.
  • If you plan on driving home from the game, don’t plan to drink during.
  • The evidence is clear, impairment starts at low levels and even just one drink impairs a person's ability to drive safely so the best thing people can do is to completely separate drinking from driving.
  • Remember, if you are caught drink driving you will automatically lose your licence. Even at low levels.