Willows Sports Complex

1300SMILES Stadium

The Willows Sports Complex is the former home of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL club. The venue was commercially known as 1300SMILES Stadium up until it hosted its final event in 2019. The Townsville stadium opened in 1994 after being converted from a trotting track and originally had a capacity of 31,000, including 10,000 seats. As more seats were introduced, the capacity was reduced to 21,500, however extensions to the Eastern Grandstand were completed in early 2006, lifting the capacity to 26,500.

One thing people may notice about the ground is the lack of undercover seating. Given the lack of rain during Rugby league season in the tropical North Queensland climate, the designers felt that putting a roof on the ground was unnecessary. The main western stand is dwarfed by the rest of the ground, which is made up of hills with open grandstands behind it.

The naming rights sponsorship with Dairy Farmers ended following the conclusion of the 2012 season, with the venue re-branded 1300SMILES Stadium as of 19th February 2013, on a five-year agreement. The venue hosted its final NRL game in late 2019, with the new North Queensland Stadium opening in time for the 2020 season as the new home of the Cowboys. The future use of the Willows is unknown at this stage.

1300SMILES Stadium

1300SMILES Stadium

Willows Sports Complex Details

Location
Address
Golf Links Drive, Kirwan Qld 4817  
Capacity
26,500  
Record Crowd
30,302 - 25/04/1999 NRL: North Queensland v Brisbane
Highest Crowd since 2003
26,500 - 13/10/12: Kangaroos v Knights Zealand  
Lights
Yes  
Arena Roof
No  
Video Screen
Yes  
Opened
1994
Redeveloped
2006
Former/Other Names
The Willows
Stockland Stadium
Malanda Stadium
Dairy Farmers Stadium
1300SMILES Stadium
Ticket Agent
 
Sports Played
Rugby League
Rugby Union
Football  
Home Teams
 
Historic Events
2003 Rugby World Cup
Last Event
Next Event
 
Official Website
Directions
Accommodation
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