Sydney Showground Stadium
|Sydney Showground Stadium|
|Former names||Sydney Showground Main Arena
Sydney Baseball Stadium
|Location||Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales|
|Broke ground||May 1996|
|Owner||New South Wales Government|
|Operator||Royal Agricultural Society of NSW|
|Sydney Royal Easter Show (1998–)
Sydney Storm (1998–1999)
2000 Summer Olympics
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2001–2005)
Greater Western Sydney Football Club (2012–)
Sydney Showground Stadium (known as ŠKODA Stadium under a naming rights agreement with Škoda Auto) is a sports and events stadium located at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park. The Showground, including the stadium, is operated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), under lease from the NSW Government. The stadium is used for flagship events of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, such as the Grand Parade. During the Australian Football League season it is the primary home ground of the Greater Western Sydney Giants. The venue is also used for events and festivals, including the Big Day Out and Big Exo Day. The stadium opened in 1998 as the Sydney Showground Main Arena. In conjunction with an expansion and upgrade in 2011-12, it was renamed Sydney Showground Stadium.
Sydney Showground Stadium was constructed as part of the development of the new Sydney Showground, it was built to replace the aging Showground at Moore Park and to provide a venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics.
A $65 million upgrade of the stadium to accommodate the GWS Giants was announced on 9 June 2010. Jointly funded by the NSW Government, the AFL and the RAS, the upgrade included two new stands which increased seating capacity from 13,000 to 25,000, upgraded hospitality facilities, improved audio and sound systems and new media facilities. The playing surface was also reconfigured. The upgrade was officially opened on 23 May 2012.
Australian rules football 
The Greater Western Sydney Giants played their first game at the stadium on Saturday, 26 May 2012, Round 9 of the 2012 AFL season. In front of a crowd of 11,887 the Giants lost the match against Essendon by 66 points. The Giants first win at the stadium occurred on 4 August that year, when they defeated Port Adelaide by 34 points.
Baseball and 2000 Olympics 
The stadium hosted the Sydney Storm in the Australian Baseball League for the 1998 and 1999 championship. During the Olympics, it was known as the Sydney Baseball Stadium and was the main baseball venue. Since the Olympics, no other baseball game has been played at the venue. Other Olympic events hosted were the riding and running portion of the modern pentathlon competitions.
Rugby league 
A 450m long speedway track surrounded the playing field of the Stadium prior to the 2011-12 redevelopment, when it was removed. In 2007 and 2008 the Stadium hosted a round of the Australian Motorcycle Speedway Championships, just as the old Showground at Moore Park did on 21 separate occasions between 1935 and 1980. The track was also used for Speedcar racing but with little success.
In its present configuration, Sydney Showground Stadium is a playing field running north east to south west. The south western half is surrounded by a single grandstand structure. Additional stands are located on either side of the field, directly adjacent the main structure. A single video screen, the largest at a stadium in the southern hemisphere, is located at the north-eastern end.
The stands are:
- Members Stand
- Suttor Stand
- Vincent Fairfax Stand
- Sinclair Stand
- Martin & Angus Stand
- North Stand
- South East Stand
Attendance Records 
Top 10 Sports Attendance Records 
|1||10 August 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||Rugby League||NRL||21,895|
|2||29 August 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Canberra Raiders||Rugby League||NRL||20,016|
|3||16 August 2002||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||Rugby League||NRL||19,346|
|4||13 September 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. New Zealand Warriors||Rugby League||NRL||18,312|
|5||4 March 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Newcastle Knights||Rugby League||NRL||18,109|
|6||8 September 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. St George Illawarra Dragons||Rugby League||NRL||17,975|
|7||30 March 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Brisbane Broncos||Rugby League||NRL||16,642|
|8||6 September 2002||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Brisbane Broncos||Rugby League||NRL||16,492|
|9||19 June 2002||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Sydney Roosters||Rugby League||NRL||15,343|
|10||20 May 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. St George Illawarra Dragons||Rugby League||NRL||15,173|
Last updated on the 1st of January 2012
Top AFL Attendance Records 
|1||26 May 2012||9||Greater Western Sydney v. Essendon||11,887|
|2||28 July 2012||18||Greater Western Sydney v. Collingwood||8,102|
|3||15 July 2012||16||Greater Western Sydney v. Adelaide||7,669|
|4||16 June 2012||12||Greater Western Sydney v. Richmond||7,538|
|5||4 August 2012||19||Greater Western Sydney v. Port Adelaide||6,811|
|6||1 September 2012||23||Greater Western Sydney v. North Melbourne||6,696|
Last updated on 3 May 2013 
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