A record crowd of 44,380 attended the final sporting event at Sydney’s iconic Allianz Stadium on Saturday with the Sydney Roosters defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL Preliminary Final.
The attendance eclipsed the previous Rugby League crowd record at the stadium of 42,482 for the 1997 ARL Grand Final and the previous ground record of 44,085, set in June 2018 for the Wallabies v Ireland Test match.
Michael Bublé will bring the curtain down on the 30-year-old venue, with a special concert on October 5, the last event to be staged before the bulldozers are called in to commence demolition.
The Moore Park venue will be bulldozed and replaced by a new Sydney Football Stadium and while plans are yet to be finalised, it’s expected to have a similar capacity as the existing venue.
Allianz Stadium is now the oldest top-tier rectangular stadium in Australia, with significant safety, compliance and patron safety issues, together with insufficient female toilets and inadequate provision for disability access.
The NSW Government will rebuild the venue with substantially improved sightlines, a roof that covers all patrons, with vastly improved amenities, food and beverage options and accessibility. Work is expected to take just over three years, with the new stadium to open in 2022. ANZ Stadium will also be redeveloped as part of the Government's vision to improve Sydney stadia.
The venue is the current home of the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC. During construction of the new stadium, the majority of games will be played next door at the Sydney Cricket Ground with other Sydney venues also picking up the slack.
Since its opening in 1988, the stadium has hosted many memorable events and just shy of 11 million fans have attended sports events at the venue since the Austadiums database commenced in 2003, with the highest (prior to the final event) being 44,085 for the Rugby Test Match between the Wallabies & Ireland in June this year. In fact, the top four attendances are all Wallabies matches, with the next three highest being A-League Grand Final’s. View attendances here.
The venue was the former home of the ARL/NRL Grand Final before it moved to ANZ Stadium, as well as State of Origin, Bledisloe Cup, many soccer games including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, just to highlight some.
The venue has been posting highlights from its 30-year history on Twitter – we’ve highlighted some of them below.
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