Clive Berghofer Stadium
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Clive Berghofer Stadium (officially known as Toowoomba Sports Ground and previously known as Athletic Oval) is a stadium in Toowoomba, Queensland. Situated on Mary Street on the eastern fringes of Toowoomba CBD adjacent to Queens Park and Toowoomba East State School. The ticket counters and entrance are on Arthur Street behind the (east facing) grandstand.
It was renamed to reflect the home club's major sponsor, philanthropist property developer and former local Mayor Clive Berghofer. The stadium is the home ground of National Premier Leagues Football Club, the South West Queensland Thunder, and also plays host to rugby league, rugby union and football (soccer) and includes lights which are up to National Rugby League (NRL) standard. The recently upgraded grandstand includes undercover seating for 2,300. It has the capacity to hold 9,000 people officially, however the largest crowd is estimated to be 10,000 which occurred during a 2004 NRL pre-season game between Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm. In the past, the stadium has hosted international and national rugby league matches as well as concerts.
The stadium became the scene of controversy when Stephen Hagan in 1999 noticed a sign declaring the name of the E. S. "Nigger" Brown Stand, named after the 1920s rugby player Edwin Stanley Brown who was also known as "Nigger" Brown. Hagan embarked on a ten-year campaign to have the stand renamed. While his court battles were ultimately unsuccessful, the name was not used again when the stand was demolished as part of the stadium's upgrades.
- "Stadium Information". cliveberghoferstadium.com.au. Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation Sport & Racing. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
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