Sydney Football Stadium

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Allianz Stadium
Sydney Football Stadium
AAllianz Stadium logo.jpg
Allianz Stadium - 13 October 2012.jpg
Former names Aussie Stadium
Location Sydney, Australia
Coordinates 33°53′21″S 151°13′31″E / 33.88917°S 151.22528°E / -33.88917; 151.22528Coordinates: 33°53′21″S 151°13′31″E / 33.88917°S 151.22528°E / -33.88917; 151.22528
Broke ground 1986
Opened 1988
Owner Sydney Cricket Ground Trust
Operator Sydney Cricket Ground Trust
Surface Grass Pitch
Construction cost A$68m
Architect Philip Cox, Richardson and Taylor
Capacity 45,500 (Venue Capacity)
44,000 (Seated Capacity)
Tenants
Sydney Roosters (NRL) (1988-present)
New South Wales Waratahs (Super Rugby) (1996-present)
Sydney FC (A-League) (2005-present)
Wests Tigers (NRL) (2009-2013)
South Sydney Rabbitohs (NRL) (1988-99, 2002-05)

Sydney Football Stadium (SFS), currently known by its sponsorship name Allianz Stadium, is a football stadium located in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia. Built in 1988, the stadium is Sydney's premier rectangular field venue for rugby league, rugby union and association football. The Wallabies and the Socceroos occasionally play at the stadium, while the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC are the grounds major tenants.

Sydney Football Stadium usually hosts both NRL semi finals and one preliminary final, and also held the annual pre-season Charity Shield football match between South Sydney and St George Illawarra for a number of years. All NSWRL / ARL Rugby League Grand Finals as well as the first Grand Final under the NRL banner were played there between 1988 and 1998.

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Sydney Sports Ground at Moore Park (1937)

Prior to its construction, major events were usually held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, as it was the largest stadium in Sydney. But the SCG, being an oval field, was not considered ideal for sports requiring a rectangular field like soccer, rugby league and rugby union, although it had been used many times for such events.

Sydney Football Stadium was built upon the former Sydney Sports Ground in Moore Park, and the former SCG No 2 adjacent to the existing SCG. Both were owned by the SCG Trust. Its seating capacity was 41,159, but after numerous expansions, today stands at 45,500, although the venue's official record attendance for a sporting event stands at 43,967, set on 31 October 1993 for the 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier when the Socceroos played Argentina who were captained by Diego Maradona.

Usage[edit]

The Sydney Football Stadium has been the Sydney Roosters' home ground since 1988. It is built on the site of the old Sydney Sports Ground which served as the Roosters home ground for decades, and the old SCG No 2 which served as a secondary ground for some state cricket matches, an additional training ground, and athletics. Both grounds were demolished in 1986 to make way for the SFS.

From 1988 to 2005 it served as the home ground for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[1]

The SFS has hosted rugby league football Test matches since its opening in 1988 starting with two matches in Australia's 1988 Ashes series win against Great Britain. The first game of the series saw the Wally Lewis captained, Don Furner coached Australians christen their new Sydney home with a 17-6 win in front of 24,480 fans. The record international Rugby League crowd at the stadium was set for the first Ashes against Great Britain on their 1992 Australasian Tour when Australia won 22-6 in front of 40,141. The stadium has also hosted the Rugby League Tri-Nations, including the Final of the 2006 tournament in which Australia triumphed 16-12 over New Zealand in Golden point extra-time thanks to a try by captain Darren Lockyer.

Rugby League also had some memorable moments including: The first Grand Final in 1988 saw Canterbury-Bankstown defeat Balmain 24-12 in front of 40,000 fans to send club legend Steve Mortimer into retirement with a premiership. The match had its controversial moment when Bulldogs five-eighth Terry Lamb hit Tigers English import Centre Ellery Hanley with a high tackle out of the game before the 30th minute: The 1989 NSWRL Grand Final which was won by the Canberra Raiders over the Balmain Tigers 19-14 thanks to a try by replacement forward Steve Jackson in extra-time for their first premiership: The 1991 NSWRL Grand Final won by the Penrith Panthers over Canberra 19-12 in which Penrith's Royce Simmons scored 2 tries in his final match giving the Panthers their first title: Brisbane's maiden premiership with a 28-8 win over St. George in 1992 NSWRL Grand Final, highlighted by a 95 metre try to Broncos Centre Steve Renouf: and the 1997 ARL Grand Final between the Newcastle Knights and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with the Knights winning their first title with a 22-16 win following a try to Darren Albert in the dying seconds of the game after the Knights had trailed Manly since early in the game.

The final Grand Final played at the SFS was the 1998 NRL Grand Final between Canterbury and Brisbane. In front of 40,857 fans, the Broncos ran out easy 38-12 winners to win their 4th premiership from four Grand Final appearances. Broncos forward Gordon Tallis winning the Clive Churchill Medal.

Two standout State Of Origin matches in which QLD triumphed over NSW with last-minute victories in 1994 and 1998, as well as Michael O'Connor's sideline conversion in driving rain for a NSW win in Game 2 of the 1991 series.

The Sydney Football Stadium has been the venue of some of Australian sport's greatest matches and moments. The final of the 1993 World Youth Cup between Brazil and Ghana was also held at the SFS, Brazil won 2-1. The 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Australia and Argentina featuring Argentine association football legend Diego Maradona, finishing in a 1-1 draw with goals to Aurelio Vidmar for Australia and Abel Balbo for Argentina. This match retains the record attendance at the SFS and many more were actually in attendance as the gates were thrown open close to kick-off as a safety measure.

It was used as the venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics Women's association football gold medal match between Norway and the United States.[2]

In 2002, the naming rights were purchased by Aussie Home Loans in a 5 year + 5 year deal. Due to this, the stadium was renamed Aussie Stadium. On 7 July 2007 the stadium reverted to its original Sydney Football Stadium name after Aussie Home Loans and the SCG Trust mutually elected not to extend the naming rights deal.

In 2003, the SFS hosted several matches in the Rugby World Cup: (Ireland v Namibia), (Argentina v Romania), (Scotland v Fiji), (South Africa v Georgia), (Georgia v Uruguay; this match was notable for attracting a crowd of 28,576, despite the low profiles of both teams).

In 2007 the Sydney Roosters High Performance Centre and Administrative departments set up their headquarters at the Sydney Football Stadium.[3]

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup's opening ceremony and Group A match between Australia and New Zealand was played at the Sydney Football Stadium. The SFS also hosted one game from the knockout stage: the 2nd Semi-final between Australia and Fiji.

In 2012, Allianz Insurance secured the rights to the naming of the Sydney Football Stadium; the venue is now known as Allianz Stadium.[4]

Development[edit]

In 2012 Sydney Cricket Ground Trust announced a master plan to redevelopment Sydney Football Stadium, as well as Sydney Cricket Ground and the surrounding area, with a vision "for the SCG and Allianz Stadium is to create an exciting new concept for Sydney’s central sporting precinct - a revitalised, world-class, sports and recreation facility for NSW and Australia". The development of Sydney Football Stadium will include a new fully covered roof and a new LED façade mesh for the stadium which would allow the exterior to change colours to suit the home team, similar to Allianz Arena. As well, development to the surrounding area would include a new public plaza between the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium, new transport infrastructure, new underground car parks (4,100 cars) and develop the surrounding park-land. The scheduled start date for the project will commence after the completion of the Sydney Cricket Ground redevelopment, in January 2014.

Notable events[edit]

Panorama of Sydney Football Stadium

Records[edit]

Record Attendance Event
Association football 43,967 31 October 1993 - Australia v Argentina World Cup Qualifier
Concert 52,838 9 December 2006 - Robbie Williams
Rugby league 42,482 28 September 1997 - ARL Grand Final (Newcastle Knights 22-16 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)
Rugby Union 42,899 23 June 2012 - 2012 Castrol EDGE Wales Tour (Australia 20-19 Wales)
As of 22 November 2013[7]

Grand Finals[edit]

Since its opening in 1988, the Sydney Football Stadium hosted eleven NSWRL / ARL / NRL Grand Finals between 1988 and 1998, and has also hosted three A-League Grand Finals.

Rugby League[edit]

Year Date Result Attendance
1988 11 September Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs def. Balmain Tigers 24-12 40,000
1989 24 September Canberra Raiders def. Balmain Tigers 19-14 40,500
1990 23 September Canberra Raiders def. Penrith Panthers 18-14 41,535
1991 21 September Penrith Panthers def. Canberra Raiders 18-12 41,815
1992 27 September Brisbane Broncos def. St George Dragons 28-8 41,560
1993 26 September Brisbane Broncos def. St George Dragons 14-6 42,329
1994 25 September Canberra Raiders def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 36-12 42,234
1995 24 September Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 17-4 41,127
1996 29 September Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles def. St George Dragons 20-8 40,985
1997 28 September Newcastle Knights def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22-16 42,482
1998 27 September Brisbane Broncos def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38-12 40,857

A-League[edit]

Year Date Result Attendance
2006 5 March Sydney FC def. Central Coast Mariners 1-0 41,689
2008 24 February Newcastle Jets def. Central Coast Mariners 1-0 36,354
2013 21 April Central Coast Mariners def. Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 42,102

Transport[edit]

Sydney Football Stadium can be accessed by car, public transport and by walking. The nearest train station is Central Station, 3 kilometers away. On event days, express shuttle buses run every five minutes from Chalmers St at Central Station to Moore Park. The buses use special bus only lanes to ensure a speedy trip.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Club Records at rabbitohs.com.au
  2. ^ 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 385.
  3. ^ "SCG Trust Timeline". sydneycricketground.com.au. Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sydney FC's Home Ground Has A New Name". FFA. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "SFS re-names Allianz Stadium". 29 February 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Taylor Swift Is First Female Artist In History to Sell Out Sydney's Allianz Stadium". 5 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Allianz Stadium Record Crowds". scgt.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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