Some of Australia's Best-Looking Sports Stadiums
Australia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful sports stadiums which have hosted many big international events over the years.
With a long history of sport dating as far back as 1810, Australia has created the scene for hosting numerous large tournaments such as the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the Rugby World Cup, while big events are held annually such as the Australian Open Tennis and F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.
To host such significant events, suitable venues are required, and Australia has a good selection of these. Here is a selection of some of the best-looking stadiums in Australia.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is Australia’s largest stadium with a capacity of over 100,000. Originally built in 1853, the stadium was last redeveloped in 2006 to once again make it truly world-class. The venue hosted the Olympics in 1956, Football during the 2000 Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and has seen two Cricket World Cup Finals. It also hosts the AFL Grand Final each year and the Boxing Day Test. Located within walking distance of Melbourne’s CBD, the stadium features a host of corporate and hospitality facilities, stylish bars and restaurants and there’s also two huge video screens in addition to LED floodlighting recently installed.
The Adelaide Oval is one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world and since its redevelopment in 2014, is one of the most advanced stadiums in Australia. Now with a capacity of 53,500, it’s situated on the edge of Adelaide’s CBD and features an iconic hill and historic scoreboard. It also features LED lighting and three giant replay screens with state-of-the-art audio systems, so spectators don’t miss any action during events. There are several restaurants and bars within the venue if you need to grab a bite to eat. However, if you happen to be on a tight budget but are big on Australian tradition, you can look out for Coles specials for ingredients to make your own meals and bring to the venue. You could even save as much as $3 per kg on tiger prawns for a BBQ. For those who possess a bit of an adventurous side, there is also the Stadium Roof Climb for spectacular views over the stadium.
The Gabba, Brisbane
The Gabba is an oval stadium with a capacity of 42,000. It is the home of the Brisbane Lions and Brisbane Heat. The ground is mainly used for cricket and Australian football and is known to have one of the best cricket wickets in the world. A recent upgrade improved facilities for spectators and players. This year it hosted the AFL Grand Final – the first time the event has ever been played outside of Melbourne.
Optus Stadium, Perth
The 60,000-capacity Optus Stadium in Perth is most definitely Australia’s most world-class stadium. Opened in 2018, the venue has already hosted numerous major events in front of sell-out crowds. It mostly hosts Australian football and cricket, but has also staged soccer, rugby league and union. It has spectacular LED lighting both to light the field and illuminate the exterior of the stadium, and plenty of facilities available for spectators to enjoy.
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Boasting a seating capacity of 52,500, Suncorp Stadium is a world-class, state-of-the-art venue and is often considered the best large rectangular stadium in Australia. The venue hosts a range of events including rugby league and union, soccer, concerts and boxing. There are various corporate and function facilities located within the venue and every seat has a great view of the action.
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Stadium Australia (formerly known as ANZ Stadium) was purpose-built for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Construction of the stadium took three years starting in 1996 with the project completed in 1999. The stadium was originally had a capacity for 110,000 spectators, but now has a capacity of 83,500 after its reconfiguration in 2003. The venue continues to host some of the biggest events in NSW including the NRL Grand Final, State of Origin and the Bledisloe Cup which all attract sell-out crowds.
Sydney Cricket Ground
The Sydney Cricket Ground (or SCG) originally opened in 1886 and while it has been developed over time, it retains two historic grandstands – the Members Stand and Ladies Stand. In total, the ground has a capacity of 48,000 and hosts cricket, Australian football and rugby league. The venue has hosted many NRL Grand Finals over the years before Sydney Football Stadium opened next door.
This is just a selection of some of Australia’s best-looking sports stadiums, and there are plenty more that could be included in this list. If you’re able to visit one of these venues, then get along to experience an event and soak up the incredible atmosphere.