Sydney Showground Stadium
|Former names||Sydney Showground Main Arena
Sydney Baseball Stadium
|Location||Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales|
|Owner||New South Wales Government|
|Operator||Royal Agricultural Society of NSW|
|Field size||160 x 134 metres|
|Broke ground||May 1996|
|Sydney Royal Easter Show (1998–)
Greater Western Sydney Giants (2012–)
Sydney Thunder (2014–)
Sydney Storm (1998–1999)
2000 Summer Olympics
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2001–2005)
Sydney Showground Stadium (commercial name Spotless Stadium during the Australian Football League season) 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 Soundwave, Big Day Out, Stereosonic 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 (the stadium seated 13,000 but its full pre-redevelopment capacity was listed as 21,500), 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.
As the Showground was originally built for both the Royal Easter Show and as a baseball venue, the field included a 450 metres (490 yards) long track that surrounded the playing field of the Stadium prior to its removal during the 2011-12 redevelopment. In the tradition of the Sydney Showground Speedway at Moore Park which ran speedway from 1926 until 1996, the track was used as a Speedway venue, mostly for motorcycle racing, though with limited success. In 2007 and 2008 the Stadium hosted a round of the Australian Solo Championships, just as the old Showground had done on 21 separate occasions between 1935 and 1980. The 2007 championship round, which was the opening round of a five round series, was won by Australia's reigning Speedway World Champion Jason Crump, the son of Phil Crump who won the Australian title at the old Showground in 1975. Jason Crump would go on to win his second Aussie title in 2007, winning three of the five rounds (Newcastle, Sydney and Mount Gambier), while finishing second in Mildura and Adelaide.
The track, which was tight and narrow (a criticism in common with its predecessor) and almost square in shape, was also used for Speedcar racing, also with little success. When the Speedcars raced at the Showground, a temporary fence was put in place on the inside of the track to protect the grass surface from any out of control cars.
The first speedway meeting at the new Showground was held on 1 May 1999 and included an unofficial Solo "Test" between Australia and the United States, won easily by Australia. The program also featured Sidecars, as well as demonstration runs by restored vintage Speedcars and Modifieds which had raced at the old Showground. The speedway was officially opened by 15 time World Champion Ivan Mauger of New Zealand, and the "King of the Royale" (the old Showground Speedway), four time Australian Solo Champion Jim Airey.
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 is located at the north-eastern end. When it was installed, the screen was the largest at a stadium in the southern hemisphere, The stands are:
- Members Stand
- Suttor Stand
- Vincent Fairfax Stand
- Sinclair Stand
- Martin & Angus Stand
- Sydney Royal Stand
- Cumberland Stand
- Highest Team Score:
- 29.13 (187) – Adelaide vs. Greater Western Sydney, 12 May 2013
- 27.16 (178) – Adelaide vs. Greater Western Sydney, 15 July 2012
- 26.18 (174) – Collingwood vs. Greater Western Sydney, 28 July 2012
- 25.13 (163) – Richmond vs. Greater Western Sydney, 25 August 2013
- 24.13 (157) – Geelong vs. Greater Western Sydney, 8 June 2013
- Largest Winning Margin:
- 135 pts – Adelaide (187) def. Greater Western Sydney (52), 12 May 2013
- 121 pts – Richmond (163) def. Greater Western Sydney (42), 25 August 2013
- 120 pts – Collingwood (174) def. Greater Western Sydney (54), 28 July 2012
- 113 pts - Richmond (154) def. Greater Western Sydney (41), 24 May 2014
- 119 pts – Adelaide (178) def. Greater Western Sydney (59), 15 July 2012
- Lowest Team Score:
- 5.11 (41) - Greater Western Sydney vs Richmond, 24 May 2014
- 6.6 (42) – Greater Western Sydney vs. Richmond, 25 August 2013
- 6.14 (50) – Greater Western Sydney vs. Port Adelaide, 16 June 2013
- 7.10 (52) – Greater Western Sydney vs. Adelaide, 12 May 2013
- 7.11 (53) – Greater Western Sydney vs. Essendon, 26 May 2012
- Most Goals in a Game:
- 11 - Jack Riewoldt, Richmond vs. Greater Western Sydney, 24 May 2014
- 10 – Tom Lynch, Adelaide vs. Greater Western Sydney, 12 May 2013
- 6 – Travis Cloke, Collingwood vs. Greater Western Sydney, 28 July 2012
- 5 – Josh Kennedy, West Coast vs. Greater Western Sydney, 25 May 2013
- 5 – Jack Darling, West Coast vs. Greater Western Sydney, 25 May 2013
- Most Disposals in a Game:
- 39 – Scott Thompson, North Melbourne vs. Greater Western Sydney, 1 September 2012
- 38 – Toby Greene, Greater Western Sydney vs. North Melbourne, 1 September 2012
- 37 – Adam Treloar, Greater Western Sydney vs. Collingwood, 28 July 2012
- 37 – Dane Swan, Collingwood vs. Greater Western Sydney, 28 July 2012
- 35 – Toby Greene, Greater Western Sydney vs. Collingwood, 28 July 2012
- Most Games Played:
- Most Goals Kicked:
Top 10 Rugby League Attendance Records
Last updated on the 1st of January 2012
Top 10 AFL Attendance Records
|1||15 March 2014||1||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||17,102|
|2||25 August 2013||22||Greater Western Sydney v. Richmond||12,314|
|3||26 May 2012||9||Greater Western Sydney v. Essendon||11,887|
|4||23 August 2014||22||Greater Western Sydney v. Collingwood||10,851|
|5||20 July 2013||17||Greater Western Sydney v. Essendon||10,783|
|6||22 June 2014||14||Greater Western Sydney v. Carlton||9,059|
|7||5 July 2014||16||Greater Western Sydney v. Adelaide||8,383|
|8||24 May 2014||10||Greater Western Sydney v. Richmond||8,331|
|9||3 August 2013||19||Greater Western Sydney v. Melbourne||8,308|
|10||28 July 2012||18||Greater Western Sydney v. Collingwood||8,102|
Last updated on 22 June 2014 
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