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Round 19 - Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide
Mars Stadium, Ballarat

Sunday 29 July | 3.20pm

Thousands of footy fans are expected to arrive at Mars Stadium on Sunday 29 July to watch the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide clash.

To accommodate crowds and make looking for a park less stressful, the City of Ballarat will provide free shuttle buses to and from Mars Stadium.

Free shuttle bus services

Shuttle bus services will depart from the Ballarat Railway Station Bus Terminal from 1.30pm on game day, running on a continuous loop to Mars Stadium.
Following the final siren, return services will operate until patrons have left the stadium. These services will depart from Mars Stadium at 5.15pm and will drop off passengers in Sturt Street, opposite the Ballarat Town Hall.  

Park and ride services

From 1.30pm, a shuttle bus will depart Midland’s Golf Club on Heinz Lane and travel to Mars Stadium - this will be continuing on a 20 minute loop until approximately 3.50pm.
A return shuttle will be provided from Mars Stadium starting from approximately 5.15pm.

Patron drop-off and pick-up zones

While Creswick Road will remain open to traffic, patrons will not have access to parking along this stretch of road between Howitt and Norman Streets on game day.
This area will be set aside to accommodate buses, taxis and the patron drop-off and pick-up zones.

Two drop-off and pick-up zones have been set aside on Creswick Road, available to drivers looking to drop-off/pick-up family and friends


Drivers are 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.

Patrons will have access to gates 1, 2 and 3 via a short walk.

Accessible parking will be available at the North Ballarat Sports Club which can be accessed via Creswick Road.

Angled parking will be available in Norman Street, and limited parking will also be available at the Ballarat Showgrounds (access via Creswick Road).

Footy-goers are also encouraged to take advantage of the car parks available at Midlands Golf Club in Heinz Lane and catch the free shuttle bus to Mars Stadium.

No parking will be available at the current Wendouree Sports and Events Centre of Norman Street, with works currently underway on the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre redevelopment.

Please note: Some parking will be subject to weather conditions.


Purchase your tickets to watch the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide via

Tickets will also be available at Mars Stadium on game day.



Learn more about the partnership between the City of Ballarat and the Western Bulldogs here.

Mars Stadium crowds