Central Australian Football League match at TIO Stadium Formerly Traeger Park, Alice Springs
|Location||Alice Springs, NT, Australia|
|Operator||Alice Springs Town Council|
|AFL Northern Territory|
Northern Territory Cricket
Melbourne Football Club (2014-present)
|As of 30 December 2018|
Traeger Park (currently known under naming rights as TIO Traeger Park) 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. The complex also has a small baseball stadium.
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
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).
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. It became a home-away-from-home for Victoria from then until 2017 whenever the Melbourne Cricket Ground was unavailable, due to no other Victorian venues being first-class standard at the time, and Victoria hosted the final of the 2016–17 Sheffield Shield season at the venue in March 2017.
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.
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.
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Last updated on the 27 May 2018
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