Ballymore Stadium

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Ballymore Stadium
Ballymore
Location Herston, Queensland
Coordinates 27°26′31″S 153°1′4″E / 27.44194°S 153.01778°E / -27.44194; 153.01778Coordinates: 27°26′31″S 153°1′4″E / 27.44194°S 153.01778°E / -27.44194; 153.01778
Owner Queensland Rugby Union
Capacity 24,000
Surface Grass
Opened 1966
Tenants
Queensland Reds (Super Rugby) (1996-2004)
Football Superstars (2010)

Ballymore is a rugby union stadium situated in Herston, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It was the home of Queensland Rugby Union, and used to be the home ground for the Queensland Reds and the Brisbane Strikers Football Club. The Queensland Reds have since moved to Suncorp Stadium and the Brisbane Strikers moved to Perry Park. It is now solely used as a training facility and headquarters for A-League club Brisbane Roar FC and a training facility for both the Australian Wallabies and the Queensland Reds.

The QRU set up headquarters at Ballymore in 1966 under a deed of grant from the state government. The first club game played at the new site was a match between Teachers and Wests. The QRU then officially moved in February 1967. In March of the following year Ballymore's grandstand was officially opened. The Eastern Stand was opened on 21 June 1992. The ground exceeded capacity in 1993 when 26,000 squeezed in to watch the Wallabies play South Africa. A year later the first match under lights was played at the ground. Today the grandstand is known as the McLean Stand (named in 1982 after the McLean family).[1] The Eastern stand is known as the Bank of QLD stand.

The QRU said that the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), the state government and the Brisbane City Council all supported conducting a feasibility study. It will apparently share traits with the French Rugby Federation's Centre National de Rugby, which is near Paris. The QRU proposed that the training centre be built on the land adjacent to the headquarters at Ballymore. The new complex would include advanced sports medicine and training facilities, a gymnasium and aquatic facilities, as well as on-site accommodation for visiting teams.

Though the Reds have since moved out of Ballymore, to the Suncorp Stadium, which has double capacity, Ballymore is still the host to many rugby union matches. The Queensland Club rugby final is usually held at the ground, and Queensland XVs and off-season matches for the Reds are also played at Ballymore. The Reds also played both of their home games during the 2006 Australian Provincial Championship at Ballymore. The stadium also hosted the Ballymore Tornadoes during the only season of the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007.

During the 1987 World Cup, the groundsman at Ballymore Stadium was Michael Hayes (an Australia 21s representative, NSW 1st XV representative and a QLD 1st XV representative) .

Brisbane Roar FC[edit]

Brisbane Roar FC signed a 2-year contract to relocate their headquarters to Ballymore Stadium. However, that deal never materialized.

The reality TV Show Football Superstar on FOX8 their team Football Superstars play their home games at Ballymore Stadium. They have only played 1 game so far at Ballymore Stadium in a match against the Queensland State League All-Stars team the Brisbane All Stars in a game which they lost 2-4.

It was announced on 25 October 2010 that the club would move their scheduled home game on 8 December 2010 against Perth Glory from Suncorp Stadium to Ballymore due to world renowned band U2 performing that night.

Australian National Rugby Academy[edit]

In mid-2007 it was announced through a federal government grant that Ballymore would become the Australian National Rugby Academy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meares, Peter (2002). Legends of Australian Sport: The Inside Story. University of Queensland Press. pp. 166–167. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 

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