Sydney Showground Stadium

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Spotless Stadium
Spotless Stadium logo.png
Sydney Showground Stadium 2015-8-9.jpg
Former names Sydney Showground Main Arena
Sydney Baseball Stadium
Škoda Stadium
Location Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales (Map)
Coordinates 33°50′35″S 151°4′4″E / 33.84306°S 151.06778°E / -33.84306; 151.06778Coordinates: 33°50′35″S 151°4′4″E / 33.84306°S 151.06778°E / -33.84306; 151.06778
Owner New South Wales Government
Operator Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
Capacity 24,000[1][2]
22,000 (Cricket)
21,500 (1998–2011)
Field size 160 x 134 metres
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground May 1996
Opened February 1998
Renovated 2001
Expanded 2012
Architect Populous (redevelopment)
Tenants
Sydney Royal Easter Show (1998–present)
GWS Giants (AFL) (2012–present)
Sydney Thunder (BBL) (2015–present)
Sydney Thunder Women (WBBL) (2015–present)
Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) (2016–2017)
Sydney Storm (ABL) (1998–1999)
2000 Summer Olympics
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL) (2001–2005)
Website
www.sydneyshowground.com.au

Sydney Showground Stadium (commercial name Spotless Stadium, previously Škoda Stadium)[3] is a sports and events stadium located at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park. The Showground, including the stadium, is operated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), under lease from the NSW Government.[4]

The stadium hosts flagship events of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, such as the Grand Parade, the stadium is also used for sport. It is the primary home ground of the Australian Football League's Greater Western Sydney Giants and the home ground of the Big Bash League's Sydney Thunder. It is also the primary home ground of the A-League's Western Sydney Wanderers during the 2016-17 A-League season. Events and festivals to have been held at the stadium include Soundwave, Big Day Out, Stereosonic and Big Exo Day.

The stadium opened in 1998 as the Sydney Showground Main Arena; in conjunction with an expansion and upgrade in 2011–12, it was renamed Sydney Showground Stadium.[5]

History[edit]

View of the 2001 Sydney Royal Easter Show Grand Parade, showing the Main Arena prior to redevelopment

Sydney Showground Stadium was constructed as part of the development of the new Sydney Showground, it was built to replace the ageing Showground at Moore Park and to provide a venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

A $65 million upgrade of the stadium to accommodate the GWS Giants was announced on 9 June 2010.[4] Jointly funded by the NSW Government, the AFL and the RAS, the upgrade included two new stands which increased seating capacity from 13,000 to 25,000 (the stadium seated 13,000 but its full pre-redevelopment capacity was listed as 21,500), upgraded hospitality facilities, improved audio and sound systems and new media facilities,[6] the playing surface was also reconfigured.[4] The upgrade was officially opened on 23 May 2012.[7]

The RAS is seeking funding from the New South Wales Government to expand the stadium as part of a major upgrade of the Showground precinct,[8] it has targeted a total post-extension capacity of 30,000 seats but is considering revising the target capacity to 35,000 seats.[9]

Australian rules football[edit]

The Greater Western Sydney Giants played their first game at the stadium on Saturday, 26 May 2012, Round 9 of the 2012 AFL season;[10] in front of a crowd of 11,887 the Giants lost the match against Essendon by 66 points. The Giants first win at the stadium occurred on 4 August that year, when they defeated Port Adelaide by 34 points, on 24 September 2016, the ground hosted its first ever AFL finals game with the Giants losing to the Western Bulldogs by six points in a close preliminary final.

Cricket[edit]

The Sydney Thunder played two games at the stadium during the 2014–15 Big Bash League season when ANZ Stadium was unavailable due to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[11] In June 2015, the Sydney Thunder announced a 10-year agreement to play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024–25 BBL season.[12]

The opening Sydney Derby of the fifth season (2015–16) of BBL attracted record audience, with more than 1.5 million people tuning in for this match between the Sydney Thunder and the Sydney Sixers.[13] On 28 December 2015, Sydney Thunder defeated Adelaide Strikers at the stadium in front of 21,500 spectators.

Association football[edit]

The Western Sydney Wanderers are playing most of their homes games at the stadium during the 2016-17 A-League season while Parramatta Stadium is rebuilt.[14] Home games against Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory are played at the nearby ANZ Stadium.[15] The Wanderers played their first home game at the ground on 23 October 2016 against the Newcastle Jets.[16]

Baseball and 2000 Olympics[edit]

The stadium hosted the Sydney Storm in the Australian Baseball League for the 1998 and 1999 championship, during the Olympics, it was known as the Sydney Baseball Stadium and was the main baseball venue. The gold medal game played in front of 14,107 saw the USA, managed by Tommy Lasorda, a former two time World Series winning manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers, defeated defending champions Cuba 4–0 to win their first ever Olympic Gold Medal in baseball.[17]

Since the Olympics, no other baseball game has been played at the venue. Other Olympic events hosted were the riding and running portion of the modern pentathlon competitions.[18]

Rugby league[edit]

In 2001, the Canterbury Bulldogs of the NRL moved their home games to the stadium, playing there until 2005 when they moved to ANZ Stadium.

Motorsport[edit]

As the Showground was originally built for both the Royal Easter Show and as a baseball venue, the field included a 450 metres (490 yards) long track that surrounded the playing field of the Stadium prior to its removal during the 2011–12 redevelopment; in the tradition of the Sydney Showground Speedway at Moore Park which ran speedway from 1926 until 1996, the track was used as a Speedway venue, mostly for motorcycle racing, though with limited success. In 2007 and 2008 the Stadium hosted a round of the Australian Solo Championships, just as the old Showground had done on 21 separate occasions between 1935 and 1980,[19] the 2007 championship round, which was the opening round of a five-round series, was won by Australia's reigning Speedway World Champion Jason Crump, the son of Phil Crump who won the Australian title at the old Showground in 1975. Jason Crump would go on to win his second Aussie title in 2007, winning three of the five rounds (Sydney, Newcastle Showgrounds, and Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier), while finishing second in Mildura (Olympic Park Speedway) and the Gillman Speedway in Adelaide.

The track, which was tight and narrow (a criticism in common with its predecessor) and almost square in shape, was also used for Speedcar racing, also with little success. When the Speedcars raced at the Showground, a temporary fence was put in place on the inside of the track to protect the grass surface from any out of control cars.

The first speedway meeting at the new Showground was held on 1 May 1999 and included an unofficial Solo "Test" between Australia and the United States, won easily by Australia, the program also featured Sidecars, as well as demonstration runs by restored vintage Speedcars and Modifieds which had raced at the old Showground. The speedway was officially opened by 15 time World Champion Ivan Mauger of New Zealand, and the "King of the Royale" (the old Showground Speedway), four time Australian Solo Champion Jim Airey.

Configuration[edit]

The Members and Suttor stands at the southern end of the stadium.

In its present configuration, Sydney Showground Stadium is a playing field running north east to south west, the south western half is surrounded by a single grandstand structure. Additional stands are located on either side of the field, directly adjacent the main structure. A single video screen is located at the north-eastern end. When it was installed, the screen was the largest at a stadium in the southern hemisphere,[20] The stands are:[21][22]

Opened 1998:

  • Members Stand
  • Suttor Stand
  • Vincent Fairfax Stand
  • Sinclair Stand
  • Martin & Angus Stand

Opened 2012:

  • Sydney Royal Stand
  • Cumberland Stand

AFL records[edit]

Players

Teams

Last updated: 2 July 2017[23]

Attendance records[edit]

Top 10 sports attendance records[edit]

No. Date Teams Sport Competition Crowd
1 15 July 2017 Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney Australian football 2017 AFL season 21,924
2 10 August 2001 Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels Rugby League 2001 NRL season 21,895
3 20 December 2016 Sydney Thunder v. Sydney Sixers Cricket 2016–17 BBL season 21,798[24]
4 24 September 2016 Greater Western Sydney v. Western Bulldogs Australian football 2016 AFL finals series 21,790
5 12 June 2016 Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney Australian football 2016 AFL season 21,541
6 28 December 2015 Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers Cricket 2015–16 BBL season 21,500[25]
7 18 January 2017 Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers Cricket 2016–17 BBL season 20,642[26]
8 28 December 2016 Sydney Thunder v. Brisbane Heat Cricket 2016–17 BBL season 20,234[27]
9 4 January 2017 Sydney Thunder v. Melbourne Stars Cricket 2016–17 BBL season 20,076[28]
10 29 August 2003 Canterbury Bulldogs v. Canberra Raiders Rugby League 2003 NRL season 20,016

Last updated on 15 July 2017[29][30]

Top 5 AFL attendance records[edit]

No. Date Teams Crowd
1 15 July 2017 Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney 21,924
2 24 September 2016 Greater Western Sydney v. Western Bulldogs 21,790
3 12 June 2016 Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney 21,541
4 22 August 2015 Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney 19,507
5 15 March 2014 Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney 17,102

Last updated on 15 July 2017[29]

Top 5 BBL attendance records[edit]

No. Date Teams Crowd
1 20 December 2016 Sydney Thunder v. Sydney Sixers 21,798[24]
2 28 December 2015 Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers 21,500[25]
3 18 January 2017 Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers 20,642[26]
4 28 December 2016 Sydney Thunder v. Brisbane Heat 20,234[27]
5 4 January 2017 Sydney Thunder v. Melbourne Stars 20,076[28]

Last updated on 1 February 2017

Top 5 NRL attendance records[edit]

No. Date Teams Crowd
1 10 August 2001 Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels 21,895
2 29 August 2003 Canterbury Bulldogs v. Canberra Raiders 20,016
3 16 August 2002 Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels 19,346
4 13 September 2003 Canterbury Bulldogs v. New Zealand Warriors 18,312
5 4 March 2001 Canterbury Bulldogs v. Newcastle Knights 18,109

Last updated on 1 January 2017[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spotless Stadium". austadiums.com. Austadiums. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Spotless Stadium". sydneyshowground.com.au. Sydney Showground. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Spotless Stadium". GWS Giants. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Main Arena Upgrade – Overview
  5. ^ "Sydney Showground Stadium upgrade on track". 29 November 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  6. ^ New Stadium: FAQs
  7. ^ http://www.sopa.nsw.gov.au/resource_centre/park_news/2011_park_news/$65_million_redeveloped_sydney_showground_stadium_opens $65 million redeveloped Sydney Showground Stadium opens
  8. ^ "The RAS is seeking funding frrom the New South Wales Government to expand the stadium to a 30,000-seat venue as part of a major upgrade of the Showground precinct.". The Daily Telegraph. 10 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Horne, Ben (21 September 2016). "Increasing capacity of Spotless Stadium to 35,000 in pipeline so fans won’t be turned away". The Daily Telegraph. 
  10. ^ AFL Fixture 2012
  11. ^ Adno, Carly (26 June 2014). "Sydney Thunder to play two BBL fixtures at Sydney Showground when ANZ Stadium hosts Asia Cup matches". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Sydney Thunder Announce Spotless Stadium As New Home Ground
  13. ^ #SydneySmash breaks ratings record cricket.com.au. Retrieved on 18 Dec, 2015
  14. ^ Western Sydney Wanderers lock in Sydney Olympic Park for home matches next season
  15. ^ https://www.anzstadium.com.au/footer/news-and-media/2016/wanderers-to-host-blockbuster-round-1-sydney-derby-at-anz-stadium/
  16. ^ Western Sydney Wanderers – 2016–17 Fixture
  17. ^ Boxscore
  18. ^ 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 9 November 2000 at the Wayback Machine. Volume 1. p. 371.
  19. ^ Australian Solo Championship honor roll
  20. ^ "SKODA Stadium Sydney Showground". APP. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.afl.com.au/Portals/0/images/2012/GWS_Skoda%20Stadium%20Map%20-%20D.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.sydneyshowground.com.au/venues/documents/Site%20Map%20-%20Sydney%20Showground.pdf
  23. ^ AFL Tables - Sydney Showground
  24. ^ a b Thank you to the 21,798 fans at tonight's #SydneySmash, a record #BBL crowd for Spotless Stadium Sydney Thunder Twitter account. Retrieved on 20 Dec, 2016
  25. ^ a b IT'S A SELLOUT AT SPOTLESS STADIUM! 21,500 are in and the full house sign has gone up. #ThunderNation #BBL05 twitter.com/ThunderBBL. Retrieved on 28 Dec, 2015
  26. ^ a b Thank you to the 20,642 members and fans at Spotless Stadium this evening What an amazing turn out at home for #BBL06!! Retrieved on 18 Jan, 2017
  27. ^ a b Thank you to the 20,234 fans who have packed out Spotless Stadium tonight! #ThunderNation #BBL06 twitter.com/ThunderBBL. Retrieved on 28 Dec, 2016
  28. ^ a b Thank you to the 20,076 #ThunderNation members and fans who've made it to Spotless Stadium tonight! twitter.com/ThunderBBL. Retrieved on 4 January 2017
  29. ^ a b "Crowds - Sydney Showground". AFL Tables. 31 December 2017. 
  30. ^ a b "Crowds - Sydney Showground". Rugby League Tables. 31 December 2017. 

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