Concord Oval is a rectangular stadium located in the inner west of Sydney which was built on the site of St Luke's Park (a previous home of the Western Suburbs Magpies). The site was 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 world-class rugby stadium. It was completed in time for the 1987 Rugby World Cup and became the home of the New South Wales Waratahs. During this period, the venue was known as Waratah Rugby Park, until the Waratahs relocated to the Sydney Football Stadium.
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 The venue hasn't hosted elite sport for quite some time and its facilities have become somewhat outdated.
The ground features two similar grandstands on either side of the pitch with plenty of seating, most of which are undercover. Two small hills at each end allow for a total capacity of around 18,000. Concord Oval is famous for having the tallest goalposts in the southern hemisphere.
As of mid-2020, the grandstands at Concord Oval are being demolished, with the venue to be re-built as the new modern training headquarters of the Wests Tigers NRL club.
Concord Oval Details
St Luke's Park