Princes Park (or Carlton Recreation Ground, currently officially known by its sponsored name Ikon Park) is an Australian rules football ground located at Princes Park in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton North. It is a historic venue, having been the home ground of the Carlton Football Club since 1897.Plan to visit Princes Park during your Melbourne vacation using our convenient Melbourne online road trip planner.
Prior to a partial redevelopment the ground had a nominal capacity of 35,000, making it the third largest Australian rules football venue in Melbourne after the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Docklands Stadium. Princes Park hosted three grand finals during World War II, with a record attendance of 62,986 at the 1945 VFL Grand Final between Carlton and South Melbourne. After 2005, when the ground hosted its last Australian Football League (AFL) game, two stands were removed and replaced with an indoor training facility and administration building, reducing the capacity. Austadiums lists the current capacity of the stadium at around 22,000.
Princes Park Reviews
The park was very busy today. Everyone seemed to be walking or jogging as personal exercise (alone or in households) is still permitted. The ducks were all out as well, unfazed, as no one stopped... more »
Summer is here and it is time for picnics and shady trees and resting on the lawn. There were many ducks here last week, but just three today, plus a Cormorant. Many people were enjoying themselves..... more »
Still a great ground. Respect it immensely even if it is Carlton. Simply a great surface
Big shady trees and open areas for dogs to chase frisbees. Highly recommended if your border collie is driving you bonkers.
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