HUGE SIX MONTHS OF SPORT & ENTERTAINMENT AT ANZ STADIUM
Thursday 14 November 2019 12:00am
- Jam-packed six months of events in 2020 at Stadium Australia;
- The Stadium will be decommissioned in late June to allow works to commence on Stadium redevelopment;
- A massive Queen & Adam Lambert concert Saturday 15 February will be an early highlight in 2020;
- The final events at Stadium Australia before closure will be State of Origin II Sunday 21 June followed by a Bulldogs v Rabbitohs Stadium Farewell Game Saturday 27 June.
2020 is set to deliver six months of fantastic sport and entertainment at Stadium Australia before Sydney’s Olympic showpiece undergoes its much-anticipated redevelopment.
The NSW Government is redeveloping Stadium Australia as a world-class 70,000-seat rectangular stadium, bringing fans significantly closer to the action. The redevelopment will deliver the ultimate customer and visitor experience, with the Stadium to be decommissioned in late June.
While a huge Queen & Adam Lambert concert on Saturday 15 February will be a highlight of a jam-packed first six months of 2020, fans of Mandopop are eagerly awaiting the one-off JJ Lin Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour taking over Stadium Australia on Saturday 7 March 2020.
The last two events at the Stadium in its current configuration will be a blockbuster State of Origin II on Sunday 21 June followed by a historic fixture for all sporting fans.
Stadium Australia’s long-term NRL tenants the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs will play a farewell game at the Stadium on Saturday 27 June (Round 15). It will be the last event at the Stadium before the redevelopment, with Sydney’s new-look theatre of sport and entertainment re-opening in early 2023.
Following the roaring success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing music biopic of all time, Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up with long-time frontman Adam Lambert and bringing their brand-new stadium show to Stadium Australia.
The Rhapsody Tour event on Saturday 15 February will debut a larger-than-life production and promises to be their most spectacular yet.
Where do you start? Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, We Will Rock You, Fat Bottomed Girls, Killer Queen, We Are The Champions . . . this promises to be an I WAS THERE! moment in Australian entertainment history.
Singapore’s greatest music export, JJ Lin will then take centre stage in March for the JJ Lin Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour. This one night only extravaganza will include a moving extension stage bridge bringing JJ Lin closer to fans, intricate interplay of stunning lighting and visual effects, and specially designed costumes to heighten the show experience.
Known for his powerful and emotive vocals, fans can expect a three hour musical extravaganza with JJ Lin as he belts out his well-loved hits such as Twilight, Those Were The Days, Little Big Us, If Only and Practice Love plus recent material including Resurgence, the brand new 2.0 concert theme song.
Come June all eyes will turn to the critical State of Origin Game II, to be played on a Sunday, 21 June.
The biggest Origin celebration ever will accompany Origin 2, with the precinct outside Stadium Australia to come alive with colour, energy and excitement as thousands of passionate NSW fans turn Sydney Olympic Park into a sea of blue.
The Blues will be striving for a historic 3-peat, having won the 2017 and 2018 series under coach Brad Fittler . . . and Game 2 in Sydney will be the crucial game of the series.
Easter will feature Stadium Australia’s two home clubs the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs doing battle on Good Friday 10 April.
Twelve NRL games will be played in the first half of 2020 at Stadium Australia, made up of 7 Rabbitohs home games and 5 Bulldogs home games.
The Rabbitohs will kick off their 2020 campaign with a Round 1 blockbuster against the Cronulla Sharks at the fan-friendly time of 5.30pm on Saturday 14 March.
The Bulldogs play their first home game at the Stadium against the North Queensland Cowboys on Thursday 19 March.
The Rabbitohs face arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters in a Friday night Round 3 spectacular on 27 March, before the Bulldogs face the Sharks in Round 4 on Saturday 4 April at 5.30pm.
Stadium Australia has served NSW well over the past 20 years since opening in March 1999 in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games. The redevelopment will ensure the Stadium stays the iconic building it was built to be and ensure it can continue to attract major events for NSW while also providing a world-class event experience for regular-season footy.