Port Macquarie Regional Stadium
|Port Macquarie Regional Stadium|
|Full name||Port Macquarie Regional Stadium|
|Location||Port Macquarie, New South Wales|
|Owner||Port Macquarie-Hastings Council|
|Capacity||10,000 (1,000 seated)|
|Field dimensions||125 x 85 m|
|Port Macquarie Sharks RLFC
Port Macquarie Cavaliers RLFC
Newcastle United Jets FC
The Port Macquarie Regional Stadium was constructed in 1992 with funding assistance by NSW Sport & Recreation, NSW Country Rugby League and Hastings Council, making the venue become a primary location of rugby league in the New South Wales' North Coast region.
The venue has recently been constructed with a 1,000 seat grandstand, transforming the area from a playing field to a genuine high quality sports stadium. Along with the underground irrigation and drainage, the site is available for use on a year round basis. The stadium has been used for National Rugby League pre-season matches as well holding minor and regional representative fixtures. Elite sporting teams, the Newcastle Knights and the Newcastle Jets have played pre-season friendlies against other teams at the stadium. In 2010 the annual City vs Country Origin match was held at the venue, drawing a crowd of 7,688.
Rugby league is the predominant sport played at the venue, however rugby union and soccer fixtures, at the elite level, have also been played. The principal users of the facility are the Port Macquarie Sharks Rugby League Football Club who play in the Country Rugby League Group 2 competition and the Port Macquarie City Cavaliers Rugby League Football Club who play with the Country Rugby League Group 3 competition.
The Port Macquarie Regional Stadium acts as an alternative venue for the Newcastle Jets and has played host to some A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup matches, as well as one A-League fixture between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Heart FC. The match ended with a victory to the Heart. Since 2006 the Jets have played at Port Macquarie a total of 6 times where they have come away with only 1 point and conceded 7 goals and scored none. It is important to note that since 2007 one of both teams that have played in a Pre-Season match has gone on to claim the A-League Championship. With Newcastle Jets in 2007/08, Melbourne Victory in 2008/09, Sydney FC in 2009/2010.
- Port Maquarie Sports Ground referenced 14 December 2009
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