Concord Oval is a rectangular stadium located in the inner west of Sydney. It reopened in November 2022 following a major $85 million redevelopment which saw its two grandstands demolished and its 18,000 capacity significantly reduced. In its place is a new facility which incorporates the Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence, commercially known as the Zurich Centre. As well as the training and administration base of the NRL club, the venue remains as the home of the West Harbour Pirates RFC.
The new facility includes grandstand seating for around 800 spectators and match day facilities including change rooms, coaches boxes, public plaza, landscaping, cafe, community rooms and amenities. There is also terracing on the other side of the ground and an estimated total capacity of 4,000.
The original Concord Oval was built on the site of St Luke's Park (a previous home of the Western Suburbs Magpies), with the site regarded geographically as the most suitable central region of Sydney for NSW Rugby's new home ground. So in 1985, the bulldozers moved in and demolished the old wooden grandstands and the transformation began to turn it into a then-world-class rugby stadium. It was completed in time for the 1987 Rugby World Cup and became the home of the NSW Waratahs. During this period, the venue was known as Waratah Rugby Park.
Concord Oval hosted five matches during the 1987 World Cup, with the highest attendance being 17,896 for the Australia v England pool 1 clash. It hosted three first-grade rugby league matches, with the Canterbury Bulldogs using it as a secondary home ground in 1994, with the highest attendance of their three home games being 19,572. Western Suburbs played a one-off game at St Luke's Park in 1963. West Harbour RFC has remained a long-term tenant, playing their NSW Club Rugby home games at the ground. Inter Lions SC has played games at Concord, while it is also the primary training and administration base of the Wests Tigers. The venue hadn't hosted elite sport for quite some time, since the Waratahs relocated to the Sydney Football Stadium and as such, its facilities became outdated. The two grandstands were demolished in 2020 to make way for the new facility which opened in 2022. During this time, the playing field remained as is. The ground is famous for having the tallest goalposts in the southern hemisphere.
Concord Oval Details
St Luke's Park