Sydney Showground Stadium (officially known as Giants Stadium) is an outdoor sports venue located at Sydney Olympic Park. It serves as the home ground of the GWS Giants (AFL), Sydney Thunder (BBL), Sydney's Royal Easter Show and music concerts.
The stadium is a family-friendly sports venue and puts visitors right in the heart of the action. A boutique arena with a 23,500 person capacity, it has an intimate atmosphere that makes fans feel like they’re part of the game. It was originally built as Australia’s premier baseball venue and was opened in 1998. It was used as the main baseball arena during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and plays host to the Sydney Royal Easter Show arena events each year.
Sydney Showground received a $65 million upgrade in 2012 to create a first-class venue with VIP corporate suites, open-air Skydeck and function rooms. Two new grandstands were built to boost the seating capacity from 13,000 to 23,500, including temporary seating in front of the permanent grandstands. A large video screen was also constructed, two new light towers, and the playing arena reconfigured to allow for AFL matches.
The venue previously hosted NRL matches with the Canterbury Bulldogs playing there in 2001, attracting a record crowd of 21,895 against the Eels. The stadium hosted its first cricket match in January 2015 with the Sydney Thunder playing two home games there due to Stadium Australia being used for the Asian Cup. As of the 2015/16 season, the Thunder moved to the venue full-time.
It was previously known as Skoda Stadium for Giants home games in 2012 and 2013, then briefly Giants Stadium before Spotless purchased the naming rights in February 2014 for a five-year period for the AFL season only, however as of July 2014 it was known as its commercial name year-round until that deal concluded in February 2019. As of March 2019, the venue is officially known as Giants Stadium after the GWS Giants purchased the naming rights, however it continues to be referred to as Sydney Showground Stadium for cricket matches.
As well as the main stadium, there are over 20 other spaces to choose from at Sydney Showground, including the Dome (which was used for basketball during the Sydney Olympic Games) and Exhibition Halls for indoor sports.
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