1300SMILES Stadium

QueenslandTownsville

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1300SMILES Stadium

1300SMILES Stadium, formerly known as Dairy Farmers Stadium, is home of the North Queensland Cowboys NRL club. The Townsville venue, which opened in 1994 after being converted from a trotting track (The Willows), originally had a capacity of 31,000 including 10,000 seats, however an increase in seats reduced the capacity to 21,500. 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 will host its final NRL game in late 2019 with the new North Queensland Stadium to open in time for the 2020 season. Future use of the stadium is unknown at this stage.

1300SMILES Stadium

1300SMILES Stadium

Location: Townsville, Queensland MAP Address: Golf Links Drive, Kirwan Qld 4817
Capacity: 26,500 Seats:
Record Crowd: 30,302 - 25/04/1999 NRL: North Queensland v Brisbane Highest Crowd since 1/1/2003: 26,500 - 13/10/12: Kangaroos v Knights Zealand
Lights: Yes Arena Roof: No
Video Screen: Yes Arena Dimensions:
Built: 1994 Redeveloped: 2006
Former/Other Names: The Willows
Stockland Stadium
Malanda Stadium
Dairy Farmers Stadium
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Sports Played: Rugby League
Rugby Union
Football
Home Teams: North Queensland Cowboys (NRL)
Annual Events: Historic Events: 2003 Rugby World Cup
Last Event: 18/05/19: NRL: Cowboys v Eels Next Event: 08/06/19: NRL: Cowboys v Sea Eagles
Directions: Transport:
1. Head southwest on Sturt St toward Greenslade St 0.7 km 2. Turn right at Woolcock St 2.8 km 3. Slight left at Dalrymple Rd Go through 1 roundabout 3.9 km 4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Main Dalrymple Rd Go through 1 roundabout 2.4 km 5. Slight left at Kern Brothers Dr 1.4 km 6. Turn right at Laguna Ave 0.9 km 7. Turn left at Golf Links Dr 1.1 km Bus services to the ground are available.
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