2020 AFL & Marsh Community Series Match

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2020 AFL Match between Geelong and Essendon, Central Reserve, Monday 9 March

VFL match Geelong v Essendon  - kickoff at 1.20pm

AFL match Geelong v Essendon - kickoff at 4.40pm

Gates open from 1pm. Pedestrian entry only via Hearn Street. 



General public tickets now on sale.

AFL and Geelong and Essendon access members will have free general admission entry (subject to availability, upgrade fees may be applied). Members can register for a general admission ticket in order to guarantee entry. 

Kids are free but require a general admission ticket for entry.

Visit Ticketmaster to purchase your ticket and for more match day details.


Game day information - parking

Gate 1 (nearest to Stewart Street) open at 1pm for the VFL game. Pedestrian access only via Hearn Street. 

Traffic management will be in place for the length of Hearn Street to enable pedestrians to safely walk to the game.

The closest parking will be the Colac Secondary College Oval, and your $10 parking fee will go directly to the Irrewarra Cricket Club.

Game-day traffic can turn into Hearn Street from Queen Street to access the oval.

Patrons with Accessible Requirements

Gate 3 (Myers Street, the normal entrance for the Youth Club) is a drop off point for patrons with accessibility requirements - gate open from 1pm. Drivers should drop their passengers off, then leave to find a park. Rotary Club volunteers will be at this gate to help patrons with disability requirements to a seat. Limited parking will be available in Bluewater's car park for disability permit holders only, so arrive early for those parks.


Park and Ride Service

Free - park and ride service running at 15 minute intervals from 12.30pm to 4pm and 5.30pm to 7pm return, stopping at Memorial Square, Colac Train Station, Colac Secondary College, Mini Mart (Elliminyt).


At the game

Take a seat! Bring your own folding/camp chair, please no umbrellas or pets (assistance animals excepted).

Entertain your children in the activity area (at the hockey ground).

Buy your lunch and dinner at the ground and support the Simpson, Otway Districts, South Colac clubs and the Colac Tigers. 

Enjoy the game!



Colac to host AFL pre-season match in 2020

Jason Schram with football Colac Otway Shire has secured a 2020 pre-season AFL match, with Geelong and Essendon set to play at Colac’s Central Reserve on the Labour Day public holiday next year.

Colac Otway Mayor Jason Schram said he was ecstatic that Colac Otway Shire would have an opportunity to host a 2020 Marsh Community Series match on 9 March, the Monday of the long weekend.

“This is fantastic news for the entire shire, and I think having the game at a 4.40pm timeslot on a public holiday could provide great opportunities for our wider business community and make the game accessible to as many people as possible,” Cr Schram said.

“The scheduling of the game will make it possible for local people to go away for the long weekend and be back to watch an AFL game in Colac on Monday afternoon.

“We could also attract Essendon and Geelong fans to the Colac Otway region for the weekend, boosting tourism and benefiting businesses across the shire.

“Council has been really proactive with promoting Colac to the AFL as the perfect location in regional Victoria to host a pre-season match.

“We have also made sure the AFL is aware that our community is supportive of the pre-season series and I believe Council’s resolution in September to support a pre-season match in Colac has sent a clear message to the AFL that we want to be part of this national sporting series.

“Council completed an economic analysis of last year’s AFL JLT match between Geelong and Essendon which attracted more than 10,000 people, and it showed a direct impact of about $375,500, with the measurable flow-on economic impact as high as $1.065 million.

“The match also aired internationally on Foxtel and as I’ve said before, that incredible level of exposure for Colac and our Shire is invaluable.

“The Great Ocean Road is already on the tourist map but we will now have another opportunity to showcase Colac next year and provide a fantastic major event for our community,” he said.

“Colac Otway would like to thank the AFL for including Colac on the 2020 pre-season calendar and we look forward to working with the AFL over the next four months to ensure the event is a huge success that our community can be proud of.”

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