ANZ Stadium

ANZ Stadium

ANZ Stadium, originally known as Stadium Australia, was the centrepiece of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. No other outdoor stadium used for the Olympics had been bigger than the stadium at the time of the games. Four Boeing 747s would fit side-by-side under the span of the main arches of the grandstands. The original capacity was 110,000, however post-games renovations has reduced this to 83,500.

Specially designed for the unique Australian environment, the stadium is one of the few in the world which effectively shades and protects most spectators, without the need for a claustrophobic and grass-killing fully enclosed dome. Suspended from a huge arch structure and three hectares in area, the roof is constructed from translucent polycarbonate to minimise the shadows and patches of direct sunlight on the playing area, creating ideal conditions for TV presentations and spectators.

ANZ Stadium

The Olympic Stadium's design includes state-of-the-art environmental features that make it a showcase of ecological responsibility. Its energy management strategy reduces the use of conventional electric power through measures such as natural lighting, two gas-fired co-generation engines, and energy-efficient lighting. All materials have been selected for their contribution to minimising pollution, conserving resources, and their durability. Significant waste management and water-saving measures are also in place.

ANZ Stadium has hosted many major sporting events since it opened in 1999. These include major football matches including the Socceroos v Brazil and Manchester United, A-League All Stars v Manchester United, major Rugby Union matches including the Wallabies vs. British & Irish Lions and the Bledisloe Cup v New Zealand, Rugby League fixtures including NRL double headers and Grand Finals, the first of which drew a record league crowd of 110,000, state or origin and international matches, as well as an American NFL pre-season game between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. It also plays host to Australian Football with the Sydney Swans playing a few games at the venue each year and Cricket with some Australian matches as well as the Sydney Thunder in the Twenty20.

ANZ Stadium

The stadium has had major redevelopment work done throughout 2001 and 2002 to reduce the size and convert the playing field into an oval shape to enable Australian Football to be played. Stage two of the project was completed in March 2002 and included the removal of the two stands at either end, remodelling of the lower level of seating into an oval shape. Stage three included the extension of the roof at either end which used to be occupied by the two large stands - this was completed in 2003.

The Olympic Stadium opened as Stadium Australia before it became Telstra Stadium in 2009 following a naming rights agreement. In 2008, the ANZ Bank purchased the rights and the venue became ANZ Stadium, not to be confused with the former ANZ Stadium in Brisbane (now known as QEII Stadium). The venue hosted the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final and during this event was known as Stadium Australia.

Stadium Australia was set to receive a major $810 redevelopment to convert the Olympic stadium into a world-class 70,000-capacity rectangular stadium, commencing in mid-2020 - however it was announced on May 31 that the NSW Government has pulled the pin on the project.

ANZ Stadium Details

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Location
Address
Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127. Tel: (02) 8765 2000  
Capacity
83,500  
Seats
83,500 (100% of capacity)
Record Crowd
110,000 - Sydney Olympics
Highest Crowd since 2003
Lights
Yes  
Arena Roof
No  
Video Screen
Yes (2)  
Arena Dimensions
160 x 141m
Opened
1999
Redeveloped
2002
Former/Other Names
Stadium Australia
Telstra Stadium
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Sports Played
Australian Football
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Football
Cricket  
Home Teams
Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL)
South Sydney Rabbitohs (NRL)
Wests Tigers (NRL)
St George Illawarra Dragons (NRL)
Parramatta Eels (NRL)
Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League)  
Annual Events
NRL Grand Final
Historic Events
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
2003 Rugby World Cup
2015 AFC Asian Cup
Last Event
Next Event
Official Website
Directions
ANZ Stadium is located 17km west of Sydney's CBD, and 8km from Parramatta.
Transport
The nearest station is Olympic Station and is 400 metres from the Stadium. A number of regular bus services operate to Sydney Olympic Park during Stadium events.
Parking
Parking is available near the venue, including ample parking at Allphones Arena.
Accommodation
See nearby ANZ Stadium hotels and more. VIEW ACCOMMODATION
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