Sydney Football Stadium

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Sydney Football Stadium
Allianz Stadium - 13 October 2012.jpg
AddressDriver Avenue
Location Moore Park, Sydney (Map )
Coordinates 33°53′21″S151°13′31″E / 33.88917°S 151.22528°E / -33.88917; 151.22528 Coordinates: 33°53′21″S151°13′31″E / 33.88917°S 151.22528°E / -33.88917; 151.22528
Owner Government of New South Wales via the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust
OperatorSydney Cricket Ground Trust
Executive suites65
Capacity 45,500 (venue capacity)
44,000 (seated capacity)
Record attendance44,380 - Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, 22 September 2018
Field size140 x 79 metres
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1986
Opened24 January 1988
Closed5 October 2018
Construction cost$68 million
Architect Philip Cox, Richardson & Taylor
Tenants
Rugby league

Sydney Roosters (NRL; 1988–2018)
South Sydney Rabbitohs (NRL; 1988–99, 2002–05)
New South Wales rugby league team (1988–1998)
St George Illawarra Dragons (NRL; 2000–2002)
Wests Tigers (NRL; 2009–2013)

Contents

Others
New South Wales Waratahs (Super Rugby; 1996–2018)
Sydney FC (A-League; 2005–2018)
Australian Sevens (2016–2018)

The Sydney Football Stadium, commercially known as Allianz Stadium and previously Aussie Stadium, was a football stadium in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia. Built in 1988 next to the Sydney Cricket Ground, the stadium was Sydney's premier rectangular field venue for rugby league, rugby union, and football.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Moore Park, New South Wales Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Moore Park is a small suburb located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) southeast of the Sydney central business district, in the south-eastern suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of local government area of the City of Sydney.

Sydney State capital of New South Wales and most populous city in Australia and Oceania

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

The Kangaroos, the Wallabies, and the Socceroos occasionally played at the stadium, while the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs, and Sydney FC were the ground's major tenants. The stadium usually held both National Rugby League semi finals and one preliminary final, and also held the annual pre-season Charity Shield football match between South Sydney and St George Illawarra for a number of years. It hosted all New South Wales Rugby League/Australian Rugby League rugby league grand finals, as well as the first grand final under the NRL banner, between 1988 and 1998.

The Australian national rugby league team have represented Australia in senior men's rugby league football competition since the establishment of the 'Northern Union game' in Australia in 1908. Administered by the Australian Rugby League, the Kangaroos are ranked first in the RLIF World Rankings. The team is the most successful in Rugby League World Cup history, having contested all 15 and winning 11 of them, failing to reach the final only once, in the inaugural tournament in 1954. Only four nations have beaten Australia in test matches, and Australia have an overall win percentage of 67%.

Australia national rugby union team national team representing Australia in rugby union

The Australia national rugby union team, nicknamed the Wallabies, is controlled by Rugby Australia. The team first played at Sydney in 1899, winning their first test match against the touring British Isles team.

Australia national soccer team Sports team that represents Australia in soccer

The Australia national soccer team represents Australia in international men's soccer. Officially nicknamed the Socceroos, the team is controlled by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006.

The NSW Government announced plans in November 2017 for the stadium to be knocked down and rebuilt. The stadium closed in October 2018, with the last event being a Michael Buble concert. Demolition began in early 2019, continuing after several legal challenges and becoming a major issue during the 2019 New South Wales state election.

2019 New South Wales state election

The 2019 New South Wales state election was held on Saturday 23 March 2019 to elect the 57th Parliament of New South Wales, including all 93 seats in the Legislative Assembly and 21 of the 42 seats in the Legislative Council. The election was conducted by the New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC).

History

Background

Sydney Sports Ground in 1937 Sydney Sports Ground 1937.jpg
Sydney Sports Ground in 1937

Prior to its construction, major events were usually held at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), as it was the largest stadium in Sydney. But the SCG, being an oval field, was not considered ideal for sports requiring a rectangular field such as soccer, rugby league and rugby union, although it had been used many times for such events.

Sydney Cricket Ground stadium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is a sports stadium in Sydney, Australia. It is used for Test, One Day International and Twenty20 cricket, as well as Australian rules football, rugby league football, rugby union, and association football. It is the home ground for the New South Wales Blues cricket team, the Sydney Sixers of the Big Bash League and the Sydney Swans Australian Football League club. It is also the temporary home of the Sydney Roosters of the National Rugby League, the NSW Waratahs of Super Rugby, during the redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium. It is owned and operated by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust that also manages the Sydney Football Stadium located next door. Until the 44,000 seat Football Stadium opened in 1988, the Sydney Cricket Ground was the major rugby league venue in Sydney.

Rugby league Full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field

Rugby league is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Sydney Football Stadium was built upon the former Sydney Sports Ground in Moore Park, and the former SCG No 2 adjacent to the existing SCG. Both were owned by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust. It officially opened by Premier Barrie Unsworth on 24 January 1988. The first sporting event was a rugby league match between the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and St George Dragons on 4 March 1988. Its seating capacity was 41,159, but after numerous expansions, today stands at 45,500 [ citation needed ], although the venue's official record attendance for a sporting event stands at 44,380 [ citation needed ], set on 31 October 1993 for the 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier when the Socceroos played Argentina.

Sydney Sports Ground

The Sydney Sports Ground No. 1 was a Stadium and Dirt track racing venue in Sydney, New South Wales. The ground was located where the car park of the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) currently sits. The ground had two main grandstands and was surrounded by a grass covered hill, giving it a capacity of more than 35,000. It was demolished along with the smaller No.2 Ground in 1986 to allow the building of the SFS, which opened in 1988. During its lifespan the Sports Ground hosted Rugby league, Rugby Union, Soccer, Motorcycle speedway and Speedway car racing.

The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust is an agency of the Government of New South Wales that operates several sporting facilities in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Premier of New South Wales head of government for the state of New South Wales, Australia

The Premier of New South Wales is the head of government in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Government of New South Wales follows the Westminster system, with a Parliament of New South Wales acting as the legislature. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, and by modern convention holds office by virtue of his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.

Use

Pre-match formalities taking place prior to the Dragons vs Roosters Anzac Day clash in 2018. Dragons vs Roosters, Anzac Day 2018.jpg
Pre-match formalities taking place prior to the Dragons vs Roosters Anzac Day clash in 2018.

The Sydney Football Stadium was the Sydney Roosters' home ground from 1988. It was built on the site of the old Sydney Sports Ground which served as the Roosters home ground for decades, and the old SCG No 2 which served as a secondary ground for some state cricket matches, an additional training ground, and athletics. Both grounds were demolished in 1986 to make way for the SFS.

Sydney Roosters rugby league football club

The Sydney Roosters is an Australian professional rugby league football club. They are based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition and is one of the oldest and most successful clubs. The Roosters have won fourteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Dragons have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history, and has won more minor premierships than any other club. The Roosters is one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in its inaugural season. The Eastern Suburbs DRLFC is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the "glamour club" of the league. Coached by Trent Robinson along with captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, the Roosters play their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The first event held at the venue marked the beginning of the 1988 Rugby League season, with a match between the then Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the St George Dragons on Friday 4 March 1988. St George won the game 24-14. The Roosters had to wait until Round 5 that season for their first win at the venue, defeating the Gold Coast Giants 28-10.

From 1988 to 1999 and from 2002 to 2005, it also served as the home ground for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. [1] The Rabbitohs returned to the ground with a one off game against the Broncos in Round 25 of the 2015 NRL season. [2]

The SFS has hosted rugby league football test matches since its opening in 1988 starting with two matches in Australia's 1988 Ashes series win against Great Britain. The first game of the series saw the Wally Lewis captained, Don Furner coached Australians christen their new Sydney home with a 17-6 win in front of 24,480 fans. That game was also the 100th test match between Australia and either Great Britain or England. The record international Rugby League crowd at the stadium was set for the first Ashes against Great Britain on their 1992 Australasian Tour when Australia won 22-6 in front of 40,141 in what was the first time a test in Sydney had attracted over 40,000 fans since 1974. The stadium has also hosted the Rugby League Tri-Nations, including the Final of the 2006 tournament in which Australia triumphed 16-12 over New Zealand in Golden point extra-time thanks to a try by captain Darren Lockyer.

Rugby league also had some memorable moments including: The first grand final in 1988 saw Canterbury-Bankstown defeat Balmain 24-12 in front of 40,000 fans to send club captain Steve Mortimer into retirement with a premiership. The match had its controversial moment when Bulldogs Five-eighth Terry Lamb hit Tigers English import Centre Ellery Hanley with a high tackle out of the game before the 30th minute: The 1989 NSWRL grand final which was won by the Canberra Raiders over the Balmain Tigers 19-14 thanks to a try by replacement forward Steve Jackson in extra-time for their first premiership: The 1991 NSWRL grand final won by the Penrith Panthers over Canberra 19-12 in which Penrith's Royce Simmons scored 2 tries in his final match giving the Panthers their first title: Brisbane's maiden premiership with a 28-8 win over St. George in 1992 NSWRL grand final, highlighted by a 95-metre try to Broncos Centre Steve Renouf: and the 1997 ARL Grand Final between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with the Knights winning their first title with a 22-16 win following a try to Darren Albert in the dying seconds of the game after the Knights had trailed Manly since early in the game. Manly had won their previous 11 games against the Knights prior to that Grand Final.

The last grand final played at the SFS was the 1998 NRL Grand Final between Canterbury and Brisbane. In front of 40,857 fans, the Broncos ran out easy 38-12 winners to win their 4th premiership from four grand Final appearances.

Two standout State Of Origin matches in which Queensland triumphed over New South Wales with last-minute victories in 1994 and 1998, as well as Michael O'Connor's sideline conversion in driving rain for a NSW win in Game 2 of the 1991 series. Also of note was Queensland's backs to the wall win in Game 2 of the 1989. Despite losing Allan Langer to a broken leg, Mal Meninga with a fractured eye socket and Paul Vautin with an elbow injury in the first half, plus losing winger Michael Hancock to a shoulder injury in the second half, the Maroons triumphed 16-12 to wrap up the series. It was also found out after the game that Queensland's lock forward Bob Lindner had played most of the second half with a fractured ankle. [3]

The Sydney Football Stadium has been the venue of some of Australian sport's greatest matches and moments. The final of the 1993 World Youth Cup between Brazil and Ghana was also held at the SFS, Brazil winning 2-1. The 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Australia and Argentina featuring Argentine association football legend Diego Maradona, finishing in a 1-1 draw with goals to Aurelio Vidmar for Australia and Abel Balbo for Argentina. Despite the grounds increase in capacity since 1993, this match retains the record sporting attendance at the SFS and many more were actually in attendance as the gates were thrown open close to kick-off as a safety measure.

It was used as the venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics Women's association football gold medal match between Norway and the United States. Norway defeated the USA 3-2 in front of 22,848 fans. [4]

In 2002, the naming rights were purchased by Aussie Home Loans in a 5-year + 5-year deal. Due to this, the stadium was renamed Aussie Stadium. On 7 July 2007 the stadium reverted to its original Sydney Football Stadium name after Aussie Home Loans and the SCG Trust mutually elected not to extend the naming rights deal.

In 2003, the SFS hosted several matches in the Rugby World Cup: (Ireland v Namibia), (Argentina v Romania), (Scotland v Fiji), (South Africa v Georgia), (Georgia v Uruguay; this match was notable for attracting a crowd of 28,576, despite the low profiles of both teams).

In 2007 the Sydney Roosters High Performance Centre and Administrative departments set up their headquarters at the Sydney Football Stadium. [5]

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup's opening ceremony and Group A match between Australia and New Zealand was played at the Stadium. The SFS also hosted one game from the knockout stage: the 2nd Semi-final between Australia and Fiji.

In 2012, Allianz Insurance secured the rights to the naming of the Sydney Football Stadium; the venue is now known as Allianz Stadium. [6]

In 2018, Allianz Stadium hosted one of three AFL pre-season mini competitions called AFLX. [7]

Development

In 2012 Sydney Cricket Ground Trust announced a master plan to redevelop Sydney Football Stadium, as well as Sydney Cricket Ground and the surrounding area, with a vision "for the SCG and Allianz Stadium is to create an exciting new concept for Sydney’s central sporting precinct - a revitalised, world-class, sports and recreation facility for NSW and Australia". The development of Sydney Football Stadium would have included a new fully covered roof and a new LED facade mesh for the stadium which would allow the exterior to change colours to suit the home team, similar to Munich's Allianz Arena. As well, development to the surrounding area would have included a new public plaza between the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium, new transport infrastructure, new underground car parks (4,100 cars) and development of the surrounding parkland. The scheduled start date for the project would have commenced after the completion of the Sydney Cricket Ground redevelopment, in January 2014.[ citation needed ] In early 2015, the video screens were replaced with large High Definition screens similar to the one at the Dally Messenger Stand at the SCG.

In September 2015, the New South Wales Government announced a proposal to replace the SFS with a new 50,000 to 55,000 seat venue. [8] [9] The proposed new stadium was cancelled in April 2016, with the SFS to be refurbished instead.

March 8 2019, the NSW government announced that the stadium will be demolished

Rebuilding

In 2017 the NSW Government announced that the Sydney Football Stadium along with Stadium Australia will be demolished and rebuilt at the cost of $2.3 billion. [10] The final event at the stadium was a Michael Bublé concert on 5 October 2018. Demolition began in early 2019.

Sporting events

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Panorama of Sydney Football Stadium from the north-west corner before an A-League game between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory

Concerts

Other events

Attendance records

RecordAttendanceDateResultEvent
Rugby league 44,38022 September 2018 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters def. South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12–4 2018 NRL Finals Series
Rugby union 44,08523 June 2018IRFU flag.svg  Ireland def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 20–16 Lansdowne Cup
Soccer 43,96731 October 1993Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia drew with Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1–1 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier
As of 23 September 2018 [15]

Grand finals

Since its opening in 1988, the Sydney Football Stadium hosted eleven NSWRL/ARL/NRL grand finals between 1988 and 1998, and has also hosted three A-League grand finals.

Rugby league

YearDateResultAttendance
1988 11 September Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs def. Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers 24–1240,000
1989 24 September Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders def. Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers 19–14 (ET)40,500
1990 23 September Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders def. Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 18–1441,535
1991 21 September Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers def. Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 18–1241,815
1992 27 September Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos def. St. George colours.svg St George Dragons 28–841,560
1993 26 September Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos def. St. George colours.svg St George Dragons 14–642,329
1994 25 September Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders def. Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 36–1242,234
1995 24 September Canterbury colours.svg Sydney Bulldogs def. Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 17–441,127
1996 29 September Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles def. St. George colours.svg St George Dragons 20–840,985
1997 28 September Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights def. Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22–1642,482
1998 27 September Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos def. Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 38–1240,857

* Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Canberra Raiders hold the record for the most grand Final appearances at the stadium with four each. The Bulldogs appeared as Canterbury-Bankstown in 1988 and 1994, as the Sydney Bulldogs in 1995 and as the Canterbury Bulldogs in 1998
* Canberra and the Brisbane Broncos hold the record for most grand final wins at the stadium with three each.
* Brisbane and the Newcastle Knights are the only teams to win each of their grand finals played at the stadium.
* St George and Balmain are the only clubs who failed to win in any of their grand Final appearances at the stadium.
* Canterbury-Bankstown appeared in the first and last grand finals at the SFS.
* Brisbane's 26 point win over Canterbury-Bankstown in 1998 is the biggest grand final winning margin at the SFS. Canberra's 4 point win over Penrith in 1990 is the smallest winning margin.

A-League

Since the A-League's first season in 2006, the Sydney Football Stadium has hosted the A-League grand final on four occasions, including the inaugural grand final between Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.

YearDateResultAttendance
2006 5 March SYDicon.png Sydney FC def. CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners 1–041,689
2008 24 February NEWicon.png Newcastle Jets def. CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners 1–036,354
2013 21 April CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners def. SydneyWanderersColours.png Western Sydney Wanderers 2–042,102
2017 7 May SYDicon.png Sydney FC def. MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 1–1 (4–2)41,546

Rugby league test matches

The Football Stadium has hosted twelve Australia internationals and one involving the Australian Super League. The results were as follows; [16]

DateOpponentsResultAttendancePart of
11 June 1988Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 17–624,480 1988 Ashes series
100th test match between Australia and Great Britain / England
9 July 198812–2615,9441988 Ashes series
1985–1988 Rugby League World Cup group stage
24 July 1991Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 44–034,911 1991 Trans-Tasman Test series
12 June 1992Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 22–640,141 1992 Ashes series
7 July 1995Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 20–1027,568 1995 Trans-Tasman Test series
25 April 1997*Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 34–2223,829 1997 Anzac Test
12 July 2002Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 64–1031,844
25 July 2003Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 48–630,605
4 November 2006Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 12–2324,953 2006 Rugby League Tri-Nations
25 November 2006Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 16–1227,325 2006 Rugby League Tri-Nations Final
26 October 200830–634,157 2008 Rugby League World Cup Group A
16 November 2008Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 52–015,855 2008 Rugby League World Cup Semi-final
2 May 2014Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30–1825,459 2014 Anzac Test
11 November 2017Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 34-021,127 2017 Rugby League World Cup Group A Match

* 1997 Anzac Test match played against the Australian Super League team. The Australian Rugby League and Australian Rugby League Commission do not count this as an official test, though it is counted by the New Zealand Rugby League and the Rugby League International Federation.

Rugby union test matches

Since its opening in 1988, the Football Stadium has hosted twenty six Australia rugby union internationals. The results were as follows;

DateOpponentsResultAttendance
1 July 1989 British and Irish Lions 30–1239,433
15 July 198918–1939,401
9 June 1990Flag of France.svg  France 21–934,572
30 July 199019–2834,776
27 July 1991Flag of England.svg  England 40–1539,681
10 August 1991Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 21–1241,565
13 June 1992Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 27–1235,535
4 July 1992Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 16–1539,870
25 July 199223–2640,438
31 July 1993Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 20–2841,190
21 August 199319–1241,877
11 June 1994IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 32–1837,239
6 August 1994Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 73–330,167
17 August 1994Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 20–1641,917
6 May 1995Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 30–1327,829
29 July 1995Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 23–3439,327
22 June 1996Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 42–335,784
13 July 1996Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 21–1641,850
21 June 1997Flag of France.svg  France 29–1531,572
12 July 1997Flag of England.svg  England 25–640,132
13 June 1998Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 45–336,263
29 August 1998Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 19–1440,501
23 June 2012Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 20–1942,889
21 June 2014Flag of France.svg  France 39–1343,188
25 June 2016Flag of England.svg  England 40–4444,063
23 June 2018IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 16–2044,085

Rugby World Cup

The SFS also hosted five 2003 Rugby World Cup matches but none of them involved Australia. The results were as follows;

DateCompetitionHome teamAway teamAttendance
19 October 2003 2003 Rugby World Cup Pool AIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 64Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 735,382
22 October 2003 2003 Rugby World Cup Pool AFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 50Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 333,673
24 October 2003 2003 Rugby World Cup Pool CFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 46Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Georgia 1934,308
28 October 2003 2003 Rugby World Cup Pool CFlag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Georgia 12Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2428,576
1 November 2003 2003 Rugby World Cup Pool BFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 22Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 2037,137

International Football

List of international football matches played at the Sydney Football Stadium since 1988 (Senior men's games only).

Test#DateResultAttendance
114 July 1988Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 4–118,985
217 July 1988Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2–028,161
312 March 1989Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4–113,621
416 April 1989Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia drew with Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1–140,320
51 June 1991Flag of England.svg  England def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–035,743
626 January 1992Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia drew with Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0–013,456
712 July 1992Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia drew with Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 0–012,735
815 August 1993Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2–125,982
931 October 1993Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1–143,967
1012 June 1994Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1–017,769
1111 February 1995Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–015,000
1215 February 1995Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2–14,541
1318 June 1995Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 1–018,446
1428 February 1996Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia drew with Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0–013,905
1525 January 1997Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1–017,429
1611 February 1998Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1–09,823
179 June 2000Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia drew with Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 0–010,000
1821 May 2004Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey def. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3–128,326
1912 October 2004Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 6–119,208
2016 August 2006Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 2–032,622
2111 October 2006Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 2–036,606
2223 May 2008Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 1–029,914
2310 October 2009Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia drew with Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0–040,537
249 October 2010Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 1–025,210
2519 November 2013Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1–020,165
2629 March 2016Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia def. Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 5–124,975

2000 Olympic Games

The Football Stadium hosted five games of the 2000 Olympic Games Men's Football tournament including a Quarter final, a Semi-final and the Bronze medal match. It also hosted five matches of the Women's Football tournament including a Semi-final and the Bronze and Gold Medal matches.

Men's tournament

DateTime (AEST)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundAttendance
16 September 200020:00Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2–3Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Group A38,080
19 September 200020:00Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–2Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras Group A37,788
23 September 200020:00Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 0–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Quarter-final 338,134
26 September 200020:00Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3–1Flag of the United States.svg  United States Semi-final 139,800
29 September 200020:00Flag of the United States.svg  United States 0–2Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Bronze medal match26,381

Women's tournament

DateTime (AEST)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundAttendance
16 September 200017:00Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Group E33,600
19 September 200017:00Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Group E29,400
24 September 200017:30Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0–1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Semi-final 116,710
28 September 200017:00Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Bronze Medal match11,200
28 September 200020:00Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of the United States.svg  United States Gold Medal match22,848

State of Origin

From 1988–1998, the Sydney Football Stadium was the home of the New South Wales rugby league team in the State of Origin series.

Game#DateResultAttendanceYear
117 May 1988 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 26–1826,441 1988
221 June 1988 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 38–2216,910
314 June 1989 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 16–1240,000 1989
49 May 1990 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales def. Queensland colours.svg Queensland 8–041,235 1990
59 May 1991 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales def. Queensland colours.svg Queensland 14–1241,520 1991
66 May 1992 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales def. Queensland colours.svg Queensland 14–640,039 1992
73 June 1992 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales def. Queensland colours.svg Queensland 16–441,878
817 May 1993 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales def. Queensland colours.svg Queensland 16–1241,895 1993
923 May 1994 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 16–1241,859 1994
1015 May 1995 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 2–039,841 1995
113 June 1996 New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales def. Queensland colours.svg Queensland 18–641,955 1996
1223 May 1997 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 18–1233,241 1997
1322 May 1998 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 24–2336,070 1998
1419 June 1998 Queensland colours.svg Queensland def. New South Wales colours.svg New South Wales 19–439,952

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Transport

Sydney Football Stadium could be accessed by car, public transport and by walking. The nearest railway station was Central station, three kilometres away. On event days, express shuttle buses ran every five minutes from Chalmers Street at Central station to Moore Park. The buses utilised a bus road off Anzac Parade to improve travel times. In 2015, the Albert Cotter Bridge opened across Anzac Parade opened to improve the pedestrian links between the stadium and Central station and Surry Hills. [17]

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