The essential information match day information ahead of Saturday afternoon’s clash in Ballarat.
Round 4 | Toyota AFL Premiership Season
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions
Saturday, April 10 2020
Mars Stadium, Ballarat (Creswick Rd, Wendouree)
Match Day Partner: Visit Victoria
First bounce: 1.35pm (AEST)
Gates open: 11.45am (AEST)
*NB: The match start time has been brought forward to 1:35pm from what was previously advertised.
The allocation of tickets for the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season match – Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions on Saturday, April 10 at the Mars Stadium has officially sold out. No further tickets will be released for sale. No membership scans or tickets will be available on match day.
TV - Fox Footy, Kayo Sports from 1.30pm (AEST)
Radio – Triple M, ABC, AFL Nation
THINGS TO DO IN BALLARAT – SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE FOOTBALL
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WHAT’S ON AT THE GROUND
Lifestyle for Kids Dance Crew
A feature of the AFLW match days at VU Whitten Oval, don’t miss the performance from the Lifestyle for Kids Dance Crew pre-match at Mars Stadium. Get there early to watch them perform at 12:45pm.
Caesar the Bulldog
Get to the ground early to ensure you don’t miss Ballarat local, and Bulldogs mascot Caesar the Bulldog make his grand entrance and return to Mars Stadium at 1:15pm, just prior to the teams run out.
Minute with a Member at Quarter Time
A Ballarat Member will be chosen at random to appear on the big screen, to share their story of why they’re Made of Red, White and Blue with match day MC Nat Yoannidis.
Mars Celebration Cam at Half Time
Two lucky participants will be selected from the crowd for a chance to win a prize pack thanks to Mars, by imitating their favourite Bulldogs goal celebration. Make sure you’re in your seat at half time for chance to be involved.
McDonalds Kick To Win at Three Quarter Time
Two lucky participants will have the chance to win a FREE Big Mac for everyone in the crowd at surrounding Ballarat McDonalds restaurants, if they successfully kick a football into a super-sized McCafe Coffee Cup from 25 metres away. Make sure you’re in your seat at three quarter time so you can share in the prizes.
MATCH DAY MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANCE & ENQUIRIES
For any member enquiries on game day, Western Bulldogs membership services representatives will be stationed outside Gate 1 and Gate 3 at Mars Stadium.
Due to state government and stadium COVID guidelines, match day membership sales can not be facilitated, nor is the collection of member choice items (including cap and scarf). Member choice items can be collected from the Bulldogs Shop at VU Whitten Oval.
Looking to purchase the latest range of Western Bulldogs merchandise on game day? The Bulldogs Shop will be trading inside Gate 1 and Gate 3 this Saturday, with the latest 2021 Asics on-field range including the new 2021 home guernsey.
BULLDOGS OFFICE IN BALLARAT
The Western Bulldogs office in Ballarat will be open after the Easter long weekend, for the four days leading into the Round 4 match against Brisbane at Mars Stadium.
Located at 214 Mair Street in Ballarat, the shop will be open from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April, between 10am and 4pm each day.
The shop will be open for Bulldogs members and fans to purchase memberships, or to assist with any ticketing or merchandise enquiries.
The shop will not be open on the Saturday match day, with the club operating out of Mars Stadium outlets on the day of the game.
TRANSPORT - GETTING TO MARS STADIUM
On-street parking will be available for drivers in Howitt and Norman Streets, as well as Creswick Road (north of Norman Street).
Drivers are also 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, and patrons will have access to the Mars Stadium gates via a short walk.
VLine Train Services
Regular Saturday trains will be operating with no additional services. These will be running at full capacity for patrons travelling to and from Melbourne. For more information, and to view the current schedule, click here.
Bus Shuttle | Ballarat Station – Mars Stadium
From 11:30am, the shuttle bus service will be ready to depart Ballarat Station Bus Terminal and travel to Mars Stadium for patrons arriving via VLine train services.
From 3:00pm, the return shuttle bus service will be ready to depart Mars Stadium and drop passengers off in Sturt Street opposite the Ballarat Town Hall, a?second ?drop off will be made in Lydiard St North across from the train station. Services are expected to operate until all patrons have left, approximately? 5:30pm)
Park & Ride Shuttle
NOTE: The Park & Ride Shuttle service that has previously operated on AFL matches to and from the location in Doveton St WILL NOT BE IN OPERATION.
MARS STADIUM COVID-SAFE PLAN
Mars Stadium have implemented a thorough and exhaustive COVIDSafe plan ahead of the return of fans to the venue. Mars Stadium’s absolute priority is the safety and wellbeing of patrons, and have implemented a number of increased safety measures including reduced group sizes, social distancing and increased hygiene practices, to bolster our already strict operational procedures.
Ahead of your return to Marvel Stadium, your match day experience will look a little different, here are a couple of key changes ahead of Sunday’s match.
- Redeem or purchase your ticket before arriving at the stadium, and have it ready on your mobile phone. There will be no walk-up ticket sales at the gate.
- Enter at your designated time and gate on your ticket.
- If you need to bring a bag, it must be no larger than A4 in size. There is no cloaking.
- Proceed directly to your seator standing room area.
- Once in your seat or standing area, the only three reasons to leave it are to: Use amenities, purchase food and beverage, or leave the Stadium.