Ballymore Stadium is the traditional home of Rugby Union in Queensland, located in the Brisbane suburb of Herston. While the Reds now play home games at Suncorp Stadium, Ballymore remains the training and administration base of the QRU. Following the completion of stage one of the venue's redevelopment in mid 2023, it is now a modern high performance hub and dedicated facility for women's rectangular sports. The Brisbane Roar is set to play the majority of its women's matches at Ballymore as well as one men's match during the 2023/24 season, while it has also been selected to host hockey during the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.
The recent redeveloped saw the construction of the new 3010-seat McLean Stand incorporating the National Rugby Training Centre, replacing the old grandstand. The hill remains but the temporary northern stand has been removed. With the eastern stand currently closed due to it no longer being considered safe for use, the venue's capacity has been reduced to around 8,000.
Ballymore hosted its first game in 1966, a club match between Teachers and Wests, before becoming the headquarters of the QRU in February the following year. On April 21 in 1968, Ballymore's first grandstand (later named the McLean Stand in 1980) was officially opened, while the 4670-seat Eastern Stand officially opened on 21 June 1992, increasing capacity to 24,000. The lights were turned on at Ballymore for the first time in 1994, while the record crowd was set in 1993 when 26,000 spectators saw the Wallabies defeat South Africa. Seating installed in front of the Eastern Stand reduced capacity at the ground to around 18,000. The venue was the home of the Queensland Reds until the Super Rugby team relocated home games to Suncorp Stadium in 2006. It also hosted matches in the old ARC/NRC competitions, while former NSL club Brisbane Strikers played home games at Ballymore for several seasons.
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