Sydney Showground Stadium
|Former names||Sydney Showground Main Arena
Sydney Baseball Stadium
|Location||Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales|
|Owner||New South Wales Government|
|Operator||Royal Agricultural Society of NSW|
|Field size||160 x 134 metres|
|Broke ground||May 1996|
|Sydney Royal Easter Show (1998–present)
GWS Giants (AFL) (2012–present)
Sydney Thunder (BBL) (2015–present)
Sydney Storm (ABL) (1998–1999)
2000 Summer Olympics
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL) (2001–2005)
Sydney Showground Stadium (commercial name Spotless Stadium, previously Škoda Stadium) is a sports and events stadium located at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park. The Showground, including the stadium, is operated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), under lease from the NSW Government. The stadium hosts flagship events of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, such as the Grand Parade. The stadium is also used for sport. It is the primary home ground of the Australian Football League 's Greater Western Sydney Giants and the home ground of the Big Bash League's Sydney Thunder. Events and festivals to have been held at the stadium include Soundwave, Big Day Out, Stereosonic and Big Exo Day. The stadium opened in 1998 as the Sydney Showground Main Arena. In conjunction with an expansion and upgrade in 2011-12, it was renamed Sydney Showground Stadium.
- 1 History
- 2 Configuration
- 3 AFL Records
- 4 Attendance Records
- 5 External links
- 6 References
Sydney Showground Stadium was constructed as part of the development of the new Sydney Showground, it was built to replace the aging Showground at Moore Park and to provide a venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics.
A $65 million upgrade of the stadium to accommodate the GWS Giants was announced on 9 June 2010. Jointly funded by the NSW Government, the AFL and the RAS, the upgrade included two new stands which increased seating capacity from 13,000 to 25,000 (the stadium seated 13,000 but its full pre-redevelopment capacity was listed as 21,500), upgraded hospitality facilities, improved audio and sound systems and new media facilities. The playing surface was also reconfigured. The upgrade was officially opened on 23 May 2012.
Australian rules football
The Greater Western Sydney Giants played their first game at the stadium on Saturday, 26 May 2012, Round 9 of the 2012 AFL season. In front of a crowd of 11,887 the Giants lost the match against Essendon by 66 points. The Giants first win at the stadium occurred on 4 August that year, when they defeated Port Adelaide by 34 points.
The Sydney Thunder played two games at the venue during the 2014–15 Big Bash League season when ANZ Stadium was unavailable. In June 2015, the Sydney Thunder announced a 10-year agreement to play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024-25 BBL season.
Baseball and 2000 Olympics
The stadium hosted the Sydney Storm in the Australian Baseball League for the 1998 and 1999 championship. During the Olympics, it was known as the Sydney Baseball Stadium and was the main baseball venue. Since the Olympics, no other baseball game has been played at the venue. Other Olympic events hosted were the riding and running portion of the modern pentathlon competitions.
As the Showground was originally built for both the Royal Easter Show and as a baseball venue, the field included a 450 metres (490 yards) long track that surrounded the playing field of the Stadium prior to its removal during the 2011-12 redevelopment. In the tradition of the Sydney Showground Speedway at Moore Park which ran speedway from 1926 until 1996, the track was used as a Speedway venue, mostly for motorcycle racing, though with limited success. In 2007 and 2008 the Stadium hosted a round of the Australian Solo Championships, just as the old Showground had done on 21 separate occasions between 1935 and 1980. The 2007 championship round, which was the opening round of a five round series, was won by Australia's reigning Speedway World Champion Jason Crump, the son of Phil Crump who won the Australian title at the old Showground in 1975. Jason Crump would go on to win his second Aussie title in 2007, winning three of the five rounds (Newcastle, Sydney and Mount Gambier), while finishing second in Mildura and Adelaide.
The track, which was tight and narrow (a criticism in common with its predecessor) and almost square in shape, was also used for Speedcar racing, also with little success. When the Speedcars raced at the Showground, a temporary fence was put in place on the inside of the track to protect the grass surface from any out of control cars.
The first speedway meeting at the new Showground was held on 1 May 1999 and included an unofficial Solo "Test" between Australia and the United States, won easily by Australia. The program also featured Sidecars, as well as demonstration runs by restored vintage Speedcars and Modifieds which had raced at the old Showground. The speedway was officially opened by 15 time World Champion Ivan Mauger of New Zealand, and the "King of the Royale" (the old Showground Speedway), four time Australian Solo Champion Jim Airey.
In its present configuration, Sydney Showground Stadium is a playing field running north east to south west. The south western half is surrounded by a single grandstand structure. Additional stands are located on either side of the field, directly adjacent the main structure. A single video screen is located at the north-eastern end. When it was installed, the screen was the largest at a stadium in the southern hemisphere, The stands are:
- Members Stand
- Suttor Stand
- Vincent Fairfax Stand
- Sinclair Stand
- Martin & Angus Stand
- Sydney Royal Stand
- Cumberland Stand
- Most games played: Adam Treloar (Greater Western Sydney), 21
- Most goals kicked: Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney), 40
- Most goals kicked in a match: Jack Riewoldt (Richmond), 11.2 (68) vs. Greater Western Sydney, 24 May 2014
- Most disposals in a match: Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney), 42 vs. Collingwood, 23 August 2014
- Highest score: Adelaide 29.13 (187) defeated Greater Western Sydney 7.10 (52), 12 May 2013
- Lowest score: Greater Western Sydney 5.11 (41) defeated by Richmond 24.10 (154), 24 May 2014
- Biggest margin: Adelaide defeated Greater Western Sydney, 135 points, 12 May 2013
- Longest winning streak: Essendon, 3 games, 2012– Greater Western Sydney, 3 games, 2015–
Last updated: 6 September 2014.
Top 10 sports attendance records
|1||10 August 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||Rugby League||2001 NRL season||21,895|
|2||29 August 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Canberra Raiders||Rugby League||2003 NRL season||20,016|
|3||16 August 2002||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||Rugby League||2002 NRL season||19,346|
|4||13 September 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. New Zealand Warriors||Rugby League||2003 NRL season||18,312|
|5||4 March 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Newcastle Knights||Rugby League||2001 NRL season||18,109|
|6||8 September 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. St George Illawarra Dragons||Rugby League||2001 NRL season||17,975|
|7||15 March 2014||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||Australian football||2014 AFL season||17,102|
|8||30 March 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Brisbane Broncos||Rugby League||2001 NRL season||16,642|
|9||6 September 2002||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Brisbane Broncos||Rugby League||2002 NRL season||16,492|
|10||9 January 2015||Sydney Thunder v. Hobart Hurricanes||Cricket||2014-15 BBL season||15,880|
Last updated on 10 January 2015
Top 5 AFL attendance records
|1||15 March 2014||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||17,102|
|2||9 May 2015||Greater Western Sydney v. Hawthorn||13,556|
|3||25 August 2013||Greater Western Sydney v. Richmond||12,314|
|4||26 May 2012||Greater Western Sydney v. Essendon||11,887|
|5||23 August 2014||Greater Western Sydney v. Collingwood||10,851|
Last updated on 9 May 2015 
Top 5 BBL attendance records
|1||9 January 2015||Sydney Thunder v. Hobart Hurricanes||15,880|
|2||17 January 2015||Sydney Thunder v. Melbourne Stars||12,896|
Top 5 NRL attendance records
|1||10 August 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||21,895|
|2||29 August 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Canberra Raiders||20,016|
|3||16 August 2002||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||19,346|
|4||13 September 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. New Zealand Warriors||18,312|
|5||4 March 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Newcastle Knights||18,109|
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- Main Arena Upgrade - Overview
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- New Stadium: FAQs
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- AFL Fixture 2012
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- Sydney Thunder Announce Spotless Stadium As New Home Ground
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- Australian Solo Championship honor roll
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