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Ballarat gets last minute call-up to host Round 17 AFL match

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06 Jul 2021

Filed underFamily Friendly

AFL is again bound for Ballarat, with news today the GWS Giants will play the Gold Coast Suns at Mars Stadium this Sunday 11 July.

The Round 17 game will commence at 12.40pm.

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster at the following times:

  • GWS Giants members – Wednesday 7 July at 10am
  • Gold Coast Suns and AFL members – Wednesday 7 July at midday
  • General public – Wednesday 7 July at 2pm

The match was originally fixtured for Sydney’s Giants Stadium.

It will be the first time the Giants have played in Ballarat and the second time for the Suns (they previously faced the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium in 2018).

Transport information

V/Line train services

Regular trains will be operating on 11 July with no additional services.

Melbourne to Ballarat 

  • 9.14am service from Southern Cross, arriving at Ballarat at 10.43am
  • 10.14am service from Southern Cross, arriving at Ballarat at 11.43am

Ballarat to Melbourne 

  • 3.20pm service departing Ballarat to Southern Cross
  • 4.20pm service departing Ballarat to Southern Cross

Shuttle bus

From 11.30am on 11 July, a shuttle bus will depart the Ballarat Train Station bus terminal and travel to Mars Stadium.

From 2.30pm, a return shuttle will depart Mars Stadium and drop passengers off in Sturt Street opposite the Ballarat Town Hall.

Where necessary, a drop off can be made in Lydiard Street North across from the train station.

Services are expected to operate until all patrons have left the stadium (approximately 4.30pm).

Parking information

Public parking will be available on Norman Street, with limited parking in Creswick Road.

Limited disability accessible parking will be available (enter via North Ballarat Sports Club car park).


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.