Sydney Super Dome

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Sydney Super Dome
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Exterior of arena
Former names Sydney SuperDome (1999-2006)
Acer Arena (2006-2011)
Location Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW
Coordinates 33°50′40″S 151°03′43″E / 33.84444°S 151.06194°E / -33.84444; 151.06194Coordinates: 33°50′40″S 151°03′43″E / 33.84444°S 151.06194°E / -33.84444; 151.06194
Owner Nine Entertainment
Operator AEG Ogden
Capacity 21,000
Construction
Broke ground September 1997
Opened 4 September 1999 (1999-09-04)
Construction cost A$200 million
Architect Abigroup Ltd & Obayashi Corporation
Structural engineer Taylor Thomson Whitting
Tenants
Sydney Kings (NBL) (1999-2000)
Sydney Swifts (CBT) (2001-2008)
NSW Swifts (ANZ Championship) (2008-present)
Website
www.allphonesarena.com.au

The Sydney Super Dome (also known by its current sponsored name, Allphones Arena and formerly Acer Arena) is a large entertainment and sporting complex located in Sydney, Australia. It is situated in Sydney Olympic Park, and was completed in 1999 as part of the facilities for the 2000 Summer Olympics. The $190 million facility was designed and constructed by Abigroup Ltd and Obayashi Corporation with environmental factors in mind;[1] however, the air-conditioner unit for the facility used HCFCs and was said to be a breach of the Green Guidelines for the Olympics. Bob Carr, premier of New South Wales, officially opened the stadium in November 1999.[1]

The development of the stadium was part of three subsites which also included a 3,400 space carpark which cost A$25 million,[1] and a plaza with external works, also costing $25 million.[1] The roof's masts reach 42 metres above ground level, and the stadium occupies a site of 20,000 m².[1]

The arena is ranked in the top 10 arenas worldwide.[1] For three consecutive years the venue has been a finalist for the Billboard Touring Awards in the top venue category.[2]

With a capacity of 21,000, the Super Dome is the largest permanent indoor sports and entertainment venue in Australia.

Stadium name history[edit]

The arena was known as the Sydney SuperDome from opening in 1999 until 11 May 2006 when it was renamed Acer Arena as part of a naming rights deal.[3][4] The naming rights were subsequently purchased by Allphones, the new name taking effect from 1 September 2011.[5]

Events[edit]

Capable of holding 21,000 people, the arena is the largest permanent indoor venue in Australia.[1]

The arena is home to many major entertainment and conference events and is a venue of choice for major entertainment promoters.

Regular/annual events[edit]

Panorama of Acer Arena before a Metallica concert in 2010

Notable occasional events[edit]

In 1999, a league record 17,800 spectators attended a NBL match between the Sydney Kings and West Sydney Razorbacks. As of March 2014 this remains the largest attendance for any basketball game played in Australia.[9]

During the 2000 Games, the venue hosted the men's and women's basketball finals, and the artistic and trampoline gymnastics events.[10] In the men's basketball, the Bronze medal playoff won by Lithuania 89-71 over Australia, and Gold Medal playoff, won by the United States 85-75 over France, drew 14,833 fans to the arena.[11]

In 2001 the SuperDome was the host of the ATP World Tour Finals Tennis Masters Cup won by Australian World number one men's tennis player Lleyton Hewitt, defeating Frenchman Sébastien Grosjean in the Final 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.[12]

On 13 November 2004, the SuperDome attracted the record attendance for a netball game in Australia when 14,339 turned out to see the Australian Netball Diamonds defeat the New Zealand Silver Ferns 54-49.[13]

On 28 July 2008, an ANZ Championship record 12,999 fans saw the New South Wales Swifts defeat the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 65-56 in the ANZ Championship Grand Final at the Acer Arena.[citation needed]

On 17 November 2014, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, addressed Indians residing in Australia.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Acer Arena - History". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/live/2011/11/10/australia-nominated-twice-in-touring-awards/
  3. ^ "Sydney SuperDome to become Acer Arena". Sydney Olympic Park Authority. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Sydney SuperDome is now Acer Arena!". 22 March 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  5. ^ "New naming rights sponsor for Allphones Arena". sopa.nsw.gov.au. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hillsong Conference". 
  7. ^ "Aria Awards". 
  8. ^ "Allphones Arena Hosts 2011 ARIA Awards". Australasian Leisure Management. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Attendance Records". austadiums.com. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  10. ^ 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 390.
  11. ^ Norwood, Robyn (1 October 2000). "U.S. Is Lucky to Escape Alive". latimes.com. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Harman, Neil (18 November 2001). "Hewitt bandwagon surges on". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "A TRUE trans-Tasman GF for netball`s inaugural season". nswswifts.com.au. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Wade, Matt (17 November 2014). "Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi draws thousands to Sydney Olympic Park". smh.com.au. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Pavilhão Atlântico
Lisbon
ATP World Tour Finals
Venue

2001
Succeeded by
New International Expo Center
Shanghai