Penrith Stadium in 2011
|Former names||Penrith Park
Penrith Football Stadium
Credit Union Australia Stadium (2006-10)
Centrebet Stadium (2011-13)
Sportingbet Stadium (2014)
McGrath Foundation Stadium
|Location||Mulgoa Road (cnr Ransley St), Penrith, New South Wales, 2750|
|Owner||Panthers Leagues Club|
|Operator||Panthers Leagues Club|
|Record attendance||32,258- Penrith vs Parramatta, 2010|
|Field size||130m × 68m|
|Opened||23 April 1967|
|Penrith Panthers (NSWRL/ARL/NRL) (SL) (1967-present)
Penrith Nepean United (NSWPL)
Penrith City SC (NSL) (1984-1985)
The 22,500 capacity venue is the home ground for the Penrith Panthers who play in the National Rugby League (NRL). The all-time attendance record for the venue is 22,582 in a match between the Panthers and their Western Sydney rivals Parramatta on 17 July 2010.
Penrith Stadium has been used by the Penrith Panthers since their entry into the National Rugby League competition in 1967. Initially, the Stadium only had one main grandstand, the Western grandstand while the ground itself was oval in shape. In the 1980s, the stadium was redeveloped into a rectangle arena more suitable for rugby league and other sports such as association football (soccer) and rugby union. This redevelopment also saw the construction of the Eastern Grandstand. In 2006, a joint Federal and State Government funding project saw $30 million worth of investments come to the Stadium. In the subsequent developments, the Western Grandstand was extended and revamped. Following the completion of the project, the Stadium now holds 8,000 seats in the Grandstand.
At the end of 2010, the Federal and State Governments provided funding to redevelop the scoreboard end of the stadium. Initial plans were to build a double-sided grandstand between Penrith Stadium and Howell Oval. However, it was found that a main sewer line ran between the stadium and Howell Oval. Relocation of the line would have cost nearly double what the initial funding would cover. Subsequently, a stand is currently being constructed at Howell Oval, and the facilities at the Scoreboard end of the stadium were redeveloped.
Penrith Stadium was sponsored by Credit Union Australia, who previously held the naming rights, from early 2006 until 31 October 2010. The stadium's name was sometimes shortened to CUA Stadium.
On 22 January 2011, it was announced that sport betting agency Centrebet had acquired the rights to the sponsorship name of the stadium until 2016. Under their sponsorship rights the stadium was also known as the "Centrebet Stadium Penrith".
On 21 June 2011, it was announced that, for the Women in League round of the NRL, Centrebet had agreed to forego the naming rights for one week, during which time the stadium would officially be known as "McGrath Foundation Stadium".
On 28 January 2014, it was announced that sport betting agency Sportingbet acquired the rights to the sponsorship name of the stadium, changing the stadium's name to Sportingbet Stadium Penrith.
The stadium hosted a Western Sydney Wanderers pre-season friendly against Adelaide United on 22 September 2013, and was host to a competitive A-League Premiership match against the Wellington Phoenix on 8 February 2015.
Rugby League Test matches
|1||7 October 2006||Fiji def. Cook Islands 40–2||1,713||2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying|
|2||31 October 2008||Samoa def. Tonga 24–14||11,787||2008 Rugby League World Cup Group C|
|3||9 November 2008||Samoa def. France 42–14||8,028||2008 Rugby League World Cup 9th-place playoff|
|4||20 April 2013||Tonga def. Samoa 38–10||10,143||2013 Pacific Rugby League International|
|5||3 May 2014||Samoa def. Fiji 36–14||9,063||2014 Pacific Rugby League International|
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- Luca, Rocco (12 February 2015). "Panthers Rename Home Ground". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- Penrith Stadium results @ Rugby League Project
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