Campbelltown Stadium

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Campbelltown Stadium
Campbelltown Stadium.jpg
Former names Orana Park, Campbelltown Sports Ground
Location Pembroke Rd, Campbelltown , New South Wales 2560
Coordinates 34°3′1″S 150°50′1″E / 34.05028°S 150.83361°E / -34.05028; 150.83361Coordinates: 34°3′1″S 150°50′1″E / 34.05028°S 150.83361°E / -34.05028; 150.83361
Owner Campbelltown City Council
Operator Campbelltown City Council
Capacity 21,000
Record attendance 20,527 - Wests Tigers vs Nth Qld, 2005
Surface Grass
Tenants
Newtown Jets (1983)
Western Suburbs Magpies (1987-present)
Wests Tigers (NRL) (2000-present)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC W-League (W-League) (2012-present)

Campbelltown Stadium, formerly Orana Park and Campbelltown Sports Ground, is a multi-use stadium in Leumeah, New South Wales, Australia, owned by Campbelltown City Council. It is the full-time home ground for the Western Suburbs Magpies District Rugby League Football Club and is one of three home grounds for the Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club. The stadium has a nominal capacity of 20,000, with a recorded highest crowd figure of 20,527 for a game between Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys in NRL season 2005. It is located adjacent to Leumeah railway station and Wests Leagues Club.

History[edit]

The area which Campbelltown Stadium occupies, was developed in the early 1960s by the then Campbelltown 'Shire' Council, as a rudimentary sporting field, in the very much rural and undeveloped Leumeah area. Council named the new ground, 'Orana Park'.

The Campbelltown City Kangaroos, playing in the Group 6 Rugby League competition, were the first major tenants of the ground, having been moved from their original home ground on Queen St, Campbelltown. Orana Park would soon become the premier venue of the local Group 6 senior competition, hosting all Grand Finals from 1974-1983 and representative fixtures, including a famous clash in 1975 between Group 6 and France, won 2-nil by the locals. A boundary change for the 1984 season, saw Orana Park become a part of the new Newtown- Campbelltown Junior League. The Kangaroos remained as co-tenants of the Orana Park facility until 1997, when the No.2 field was developed into the region's top athletics facility, in time for the 2000 Olympic Games.

The Stadium- Orana Park- had a functional purpose in the lives of most young Campbelltownians, also doubling as the local athletics track for school carnivals.

Orana Park first played host to top level Rugby League in the 1983 NSWRFL season, when the moribund Newtown Jets played half of their home games at Orana Park (with a view to a permanent move for the 1984 season). A bumper crowd of 10,686 turned out for the Round 1 clash, to see reigning 1982 premiers, the Parramatta Eels decimate the Jets 54-14. Bluebags officials, led by John Singleton and partnered by pre-eminent local solicitor John Marsden, were determined to move the ailing Club full time to Campbelltown to claim the burgeoning junior league in the Campbelltown LGA, and to expand their thin supporter base. However before the deal could be made, Newtown were excluded from the 1984 season for financial reasons. Orana Park/ Campbelltown Stadium would be the site of the Newtown club's last top-level Rugby League competition match, a 9-6 victory over the Canberra Raiders on Saturday August 27th, 1983. The club continued efforts to be re-instated for the 1985 season, fully based in Campbelltown. Based upon Newtown's dire financial position, the Campbelltown side of the merger withdrew its support for entry into the NSWRL Premiership of 1985, consigning the Jets to premiership oblivion. The Jets would be successfully resurrected in the NSWRL Metropolitan Cup (Second tier competition) in 1991.

For 1985-86, there was no top-level rugby league tenant at the Stadium. One NSWRL game a year was played at the stadium by Parramatta and Eastern Suburbs respectively. South-western Sydney was still considered neutral, but 'ripe' territory for all of the inner-Sydney based clubs. Ironically, it was the struggling Western Suburbs Magpies in 1987 who made the move from their inner western base of Lidcombe. 'The Pies' had been the opponents of the Eastern Suburbs club in that solitary game at Orana Park in 1986. Led by astute CEO Rick Wayde, the Magpies rapidly moved to secure a more assured future for the Club, based in this rapidly expanding population centre. The Magpies had also been threatened with expulsion from the 1984 premiership, along similar lines as those of Newtown. Wests also assumed control of the bankrupt Leagues Club that sat next to the venue; rebranding it as 'Wests Leagues Campbelltown'. This time, Campbelltown Rugby League powerbroker John Marsden assented to the Magpies taking control of the now vast Campbelltown- Liverpool Junior League. The NSWRL rubber stamped that Orana Park- Campbelltown Stadium would become a 1st Grade Rugby League venue.

Sports played at Campbelltown Stadium[edit]

Rugby League[edit]

In the National Rugby League, the stadium was home to the Western Suburbs Magpies club from 1987 until 1999 and was one of the home grounds for the Newtown Jets in 1983. The Magpies had merged with the Balmain Tigers for the 2000 season to form the West Tigers, and thus, since 2000, this ground is being used on an occasional basis by the Wests Tigers, with four of their twelve annual home games played there, in accordance with their stadium deals. The Western Suburbs Magpies junior teams and Ron Massey Cup side also play most of their home games at Campbelltown.

The record crowd for the ground for a rugby league match has been 20,527 between the West Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys on 14 August 2005. The record crowd for Cambelltown in its previous oval configuration was 17,286 between Western Suburbs and St George on 2 August 1991. The record crowd for Newtown at the stadium is 10,686 against rival Parramatta in 1983.[1]

Soccer[edit]

On 19 July 2008 Australian A-League team Sydney FC played their first Pre-Season Cup match against Brisbane Roar. Sydney won the match 2–1 in front of roughly 4,500 fans. Sydney FC also played a pre-season friendly here in preparation for their 2010-11 A-League season against local club Macarthur Rams in which Sydney won 1–0.

Sydney FC played their first premiership match for A-League points at Campbelltown Stadium against Perth Glory on 18 January 2012 (originally to be played on 7 December 2011).[2] The game ended up in a 1-1 draw and only drew 5,505 fans.

The stadium was host for the local Macarthur Football Association Premier League finals in September 2012.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC defeated Newcastle Jets FC 2-1 in a 2012–13 season Regional Round match at the venue. The game was attended by 10,589 fans.

Panorama of Campbelltown Stadium prior to Western Sydney Wanderers FC defeating Newcastle Jets FC 2-1 in the 2012-13 A-League season

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://afltables.com/rl/venues/campbelltown_gm.html
  2. ^ FFA Take A-League Into The Regions, au.fourfourtwo.com, 29 September 2011. Retrieved on 13 November 2011.

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