Traeger Park

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Traeger Park
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Central Australian Football League match at Traeger Park, Alice Springs
Location Alice Springs, NT, Australia
Coordinates 23°42′33″S 133°52′30″E / 23.709039°S 133.875083°E / -23.709039; 133.875083Coordinates: 23°42′33″S 133°52′30″E / 23.709039°S 133.875083°E / -23.709039; 133.875083
Operator Alice Springs Town Council
Capacity 10,000
Renovated 2006
AFL Northern Territory
Northern Territory Cricket
Traeger Park is located in Northern Territory
Traeger Park

Traeger Park (currently known under naming rights as TIO Traeger Park[1]) is a sports complex located in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, and is named after Alfred Hermann Traeger. The park was officially opened by Anne Catherine Smallwood (nee Traeger) Alfred's younger daughter. The primary stadium in the complex caters for Australian rules football and cricket and has a capacity of 10,000.[2] The complex also has a small baseball stadium.

Traeger Park is home to the Central Australian Football League, and also hosts the annual Ngurratjuta Easter Lightning Carnival.[3]


Traeger Park has occasionally staged pre-season matches for the Australian Football League and National Rugby League. In 2004, an AFL Regional Challenge match between Collingwood Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club attracted a sell-out crowd of 10,000. In 2006, the West Coast Eagles played the Carlton Football Club in an NAB Cup Regional Challenge match. A trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos was played at the ground during the warm-up to the 2011 NRL season.

Australian rules football[edit]

Traeger Park has been hosting AFL preseason games since 2004 with the largest crowd ever at the ground occurring in 2007 between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles. The 2011 NEAFL Grand Final was held at the ground as well. The game saw the Northern Territory Thunder defeat the Ainslie Tri-Colours 16.18 (114) to 13.14 (92).

The venue hosted its first ever AFL premiership match on 31 May 2014, with Melbourne shifting its home match against Port Adelaide to the venue.[4]


Traeger Park hosted its first first-class match in February 2015, a Sheffield Shield match between Victoria vs Queensland, owing to the unavailability of both states' usual home grounds during the 2015 World Cup.[5] Dating to as early as 1988, the ground has a history of staging warm-up and tour matches for visiting international Test squads; and since 2004 it has hosted matches in the annual Imparja Cup, a limited overs tournament contested by state and territory teams comprising Indigenous Australian cricketers.[6] It is scheduled to host the final of the 2016–17 Sheffield Shield season in March 2017.[7]

Ground upgrades[edit]

The Northern Territory Government announced in 2002 that $4.2 million would be allocated to upgrading Traeger Park over a ten-year period. The floodlights will be upgraded from 300 lux to 800 lux which will allow televised AFL games. Future light towers will provide a lighting level of 1400 lux which will cater for televised international cricket.

A new 750 kva transformer and high voltage cabling reticulation is required to increase power supply to Traeger Park to cater for the new lights and grandstand facility. The grandstand/multi functional facility will replace the existing Ted Hayes Memorial Stand and is expected to consist of players change rooms and amenities, players dining rooms, umpires change room, first aid room, doctor/physio room, grandstand seating, multipurpose function room, kitchen, corporate rooms, press rooms and third umpire room.

Attendance records[edit]

Top 10 Sports Attendance Records

No. Date Teams Sport Competition Crowd
1 9 March 2007 Adelaide Crows v. West Coast Eagles Australian Rules Football AFL (preseason) 11,000
2 5 March 2004 Collingwood Magpies v. Port Adelaide Power Australian Rules Football AFL (preseason) 10,000
3 10 March 2006 Carlton Blues v. West Coast Eagles Australian Rules Football AFL (preseason) 8,500
4 8 February 2013 Indigenous All-Stars v. Richmond Tigers Australian Rules Football AFL (preseason) 8,350[8]
5 4 March 2005 Fremantle Dockers v. Richmond Tigers Australian Rules Football AFL (preseason) 7,500
6 29 February 2008 Carlton Blues v. West Coast Eagles Australian Rules Football AFL (preseason) 6,000
7 31 May 2014 Melbourne Demons v. Port Adelaide Power Australian Rules Football AFL 5,655
8 19 February 2011 Brisbane Broncos v. North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League NRL (preseason) 5,500
9 28 February 2014 Melbourne Demons v. Geelong Cats Australian Rules Football AFL (preseason) 5,378
10 28 May 2016 Melbourne Demons v. Port Adelaide Power Australian Rules Football AFL 5,146

Last updated on the 28 May 2016


  1. ^ Young, Domonique (21 June 2013). "TIO to sponsor Traeger Park Oval" (PDF) (Press release). Alice Springs, NT: Alice Springs Town Council. TIO. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Alice Springs Sport Facilities - Traeger Park". Alice Springs Town Council. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Edmund, Sam (30 April 2011). "Red heart's stronger pulse". Herald Sun. Retrieved 15 Dec 2011. 
  4. ^ "Alice Springs to host Melbourne Demons' clash with Port Adelaide next AFL season". ABC News. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Traegar Park, Alice Springs (1)". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Other matches played on Traegar Park, Alice Springs (137)". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Victoria to host final after skittling Queensland for 61". ESPN Cricinfo. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Edmund, Sam (9 February 2013). "Embarrassing Richmond no match for Indigenous hunger, speed". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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