Endeavour Field

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Southern Cross Group Stadium
Wooloware Endeavour Field.JPG
Former names Remondis Stadium
Toyota Stadium
Toyota Park
Ronson Oval
Caltex Field
Endeavour Field
Location Woolooware, New South Wales
Coordinates 34°2′19″S 151°8′27″E / 34.03861°S 151.14083°E / -34.03861; 151.14083Coordinates: 34°2′19″S 151°8′27″E / 34.03861°S 151.14083°E / -34.03861; 151.14083
Owner Cronulla-Sutherland Rugby League Club
Operator Cronulla-Sutherland Rugby League Football Club
Capacity 22,000
Record attendance 22,302 - Sharks vs St George Illawarra, 2004
Surface Grass
Opened 1960
Tenants
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (NRL) (1968-present)
Olympic Sharks (NSL) (2001-2003)

Endeavour Field, colloquially known as Shark Park during Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks matches, and known by its commercial name as Southern Cross Group Stadium,[1][2] is a rugby league stadium in the southern Sydney suburb of Woolooware, New South Wales, Australia. It is the home ground of the Cronulla-Sutherland Rugby League Club, which represents the Cronulla and Sutherland Shire areas in the National Rugby League competition. Unique among NRL clubs, the Sharks own and operate their home ground. The Sharkies Leagues Club sits beside Endeavour Field.

History[edit]

The stadium was built in 1960 and currently has a capacity of 22,000.

The Cronulla-Sutherland Rugby League Club own the stadium and Leagues Club next door, the only club in the NRL to own their own stadium. Local councils usually own sporting venues in Australia.

On 21 April 2006, the Federal Government announced a A$9.6 million grant would be given to the Cronulla Sharks to upgrade the stadium. The upgrade included a new covered stand to seat over 1,500 spectators at the southern end. The new stand was completed in time for the 2008 season.

Renovations are also planned for the ET Stand, named for Cronulla club legend and games record holder Andrew Ettingshausen, and the Peter Burns Stand. Facilities planned for the Leagues Club include a new swimming pool and a gym.

Ground usage[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

In the NRL competition, the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks team began playing at the venue in their third season in 1969, having previously played at Sutherland Oval (1967 - 1968).

High turnout in crowd numbers are usual when the Sharks play local-derby rivals, the St George Illawarra Dragons. The ground attendance record is 22,302, which was set when the Sharks took on the Dragons in May 2004.

Soccer[edit]

The Sydney Olympic FC club played at the ground for two seasons, from 2001 until 2003, in the former National Soccer League.

Naming rights[edit]

The ground has had numerous naming rights deals. Names of this ground over the years have been:

  • Endeavour Field
  • Ronson Oval
  • Caltex Field
  • Shark Park
  • Toyota Park
  • Toyota Stadium
  • LG Park
  • Sharks Stadium
  • Remondis Stadium
  • Southern Cross Group Stadium

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riccio, David (11 March 2016). "Cronulla Sharks land naming sponsorship for stadium ahead of NRL season opener". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sharks Stadium | Austadiums". Austadiums.com. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 

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