Viking Park

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Viking Park
Viking Park v2.jpg
The Home of Rugby in the Tuggeranong Valley
Location4 Amsinck St, Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°24′19″S 149°5′44″E / 35.40528°S 149.09556°E / -35.40528; 149.09556Coordinates: 35°24′19″S 149°5′44″E / 35.40528°S 149.09556°E / -35.40528; 149.09556
OwnerVikings Group
Capacity8,000[1]
Record attendance5,581 (Canberra Olympic vs. Sydney FC FFA Cup Semi Final
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Construction cost$6m
Tenants
Tuggeranong Vikings (present)
Canberra Vikings (NRC) (2014-present)
Tuggeranong Vikings Baseball Club
Website
Viking Park Home

Viking Park is a 8,000 capacity (1,000 seated) multi-sport stadium[1] located in the Tuggeranong Valley suburb Wanniassa, Canberra, Australia. It has a rectangular playing surface which is used primarily to host rugby union matches but additionally has hosted rugby league, Association football and baseball. It is home to the Tuggeranong Vikings and all matches of the ACTRU Premier Division finals, the Canberra Vikings who compete in the National Rugby Championship and the Tuggeranong Vikings Baseball Club. Viking Park is also regularly utilised by ACT-based Super Rugby club The Brumbies, who use the venue for training and who used to play home matches in the Australian Provincial Championship there.

Stadium Facilities[edit]

Viking Park is known as the best club rugby ground in Australia[according to whom?]. The $6m complex consists of two grounds, the main ground with the 1,000-seat grand stand and the training ground. State of the art lighting lights up both the main ground and the training ground with the lighting for the main ground meeting TV broadcast requirements and the lighting for the training ground meeting Super Rugby training requirements. There are six large dressing room sheds, first-aid medical room for strapping and massage, canteen, numerous storage facilities and state of the art training equipment for scrum work and contact drills as well as a baseball diamond. There is direct access to the Vikings Erindale Club from the venue.[2][3]

Primary Use[edit]

Viking Park is primarily used as a Rugby Union venue with primary tennents Tuggeranong Vikings playing their home matches in the ACTRU Premier Division and Canberra Vikings playing in the National Rugby Championship (NRC). In the summer months it is converted into a baseball park and serves as the home venue for the highly successful Tuggeranong Vikings Baseball Club.

Events History[edit]

2006 Tri-Nations Training Camp[edit]

In 2006, the Wallabies used the ground in preparation for an upcoming game in the Tri Nations against New Zealand. They held an open training session on 10 August 2006 at Viking Park. As part of the training camp, Australia 'A' played a match at Viking Park against Tonga U18s on August 15, 2006.[4]

2008 Women's Rugby International Test Series[edit]

7 July 2008, Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced a twin test match series between the Wallaroos (Australia) and the Black Furns (New Zealand) to be played in Canberra at Viking Park in October 2008. The announced series was the first women's rugby internationals played in Australia since the 2001 Test against England in Newcastle.[5]

14 October 2008, In the first test match, Australia started brightly but soon found themselves second best as New Zealand's forward pack led the visitors to run in three tries before half time to take a 19-3 lead into the break. After half time the Black Furns added another two tries to finish the match 37-3 victors.[6]

18 October 2008, the second game on the Saturday night was a lot closer than the opening match a few days earlier. Australia led 10-8 early in the first half before New Zealand scored two tries to fight back into the lead at half time. The match remained tight but New Zealand were too strong for Australia in the end as they won the match 22-16 and clinched the series 2-0.[7]

2014 FFA Cup[edit]

22 August 2014, Tuggeranong United drew A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory in the round of 16 FFA Cup draw, giving the team from Canberra's south a home 2014 FFA Cup round of 16 match. Tuggeranong United could not use their normal home ground due to its inadequate lighting and facilities so the ACT NPL club announced Viking Park as the venue for the high-profile match. The draw also enabled the opportunity for an emotional homecoming for former Tuggeranong United junior and Socceroo midfielder Carl Valeri.[8]

In the lead-up to the Tuesday fixture, Tuggeranong United's players put their day jobs on hold and went into camp at the Alpha Hotel to prepare for the match at Viking Park against the Victory.[9]

16 September 2014, Viking Park hosted its first Association football match between Tuggeranong United and Melbourne Victory in the 2014 FFA Cup. 5150 people turned out in what was the record breaking crowd for Viking Park until Olympic's 2016 FFA Cup fixture against Sydney FC. Tuggeranong United was put to the sword by a very strong Melbourne Victory team. A-League star and Victory marquee, Besart Berisha, scored a hat-trick on the night to lead Victory to a 6-0 drubbing of the home team.[10][11] The venue and match were declared as a success with only one minor hiccup occurring at the match when a Melbourne Victory fan let off a flare. The man was arrested by ACT Police and received a fine and five-year ban.[12]

2016 FFA Cup[edit]

29 September 2016, Viking Park was announced as the host venue for the FFA Cup semi-final clash between Canberra Olympic FC and Sydney FC after Olympic deemed the financial costs of hosting the game at Canberra Stadium to be too high as well as a better atmosphere at Viking Park being achievable.[13]

19 October 2016, Viking Park played host to an FFA Cup semi-final for the first time in 2016. Canberra Olympic FC took on A-League heavyweights Sydney FC after playing the previous three rounds at smaller venue Deakin Stadium. 5,581 turned out to watch the match, which set a new record crowd for Viking Park. Canberra Olympic were the final NPL club left in the competition and they proved good competition for Sydney, especially in the early stages of the match. However, Olympic were not good enough to contain the star-studded Sydney-siders who played all their marquee signings against the Canberrans. Filip Hološko, Bobô and returning Socceroo Bernie Ibini all starred for Sydney as they scored three goals to claim a three to nil victory over the home side. And with the loss, Olympic's unlikely dream 2016 FFA Cup run ended at Viking Park.[14][15]

Records[edit]

Record attendance: 5,581 (Canberra Olympic FC vs Sydney FC, 19 October 2016, FFA Cup semi-final)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Viking Park
  2. ^ "Viking Park". www.vikings.com.au. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  3. ^ a b "Viking Park Profile". www.austadiums.com. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  4. ^ "2006; 10 August; Viking Park (Canberra ACT): nvitation to Wallabies open training session" (PDF). National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  5. ^ "Australia announce squad to face Black Ferns". ESPN. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  6. ^ "Black Ferns beat Australia". www.radionz.co.nz. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  7. ^ "Black Ferns win series against Australia". www.radionz.co.nz. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  8. ^ Gaskin, Lee (2014-08-22). "Tuggeranong United to host Melbourne Victory and Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri in FFA Cup". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  9. ^ Dutton, Chris (2014-09-14). "Tuggeranong United takes professional approach to match against the Melbourne Victory in FFA Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  10. ^ "Tuggeranong United v Melbourne Victory". Football Federation Australia. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  11. ^ Dutton, Chris (2014-09-16). "Tuggeranong United show bravery in heavy defeat to Melbourne Victory in FFA Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  12. ^ Dutton, Chris (2014-09-16). "FFA Cup flares the only minor hiccup in a brilliant night for Tuggeranong United". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  13. ^ Helmers, Caden (2016-09-29). "FFA Cup: Viking Park to host Canberra Olympic-Sydney FC blockbuster". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  14. ^ "Canberra Olympic v Sydney FC". Football Federation Australia. 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  15. ^ "FFA Cup: Sydney FC beats Canberra Olympic 3-0 at Viking Park in first Cup semi-final". ABC News (Australia). 2016-10-21. Retrieved 2017-02-04.

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