Redevelopment of Stadium Australia
The NSW government announced in June 2020 that it will not proceed with the refurbishment of Stadium Australia - redirecting around $800 million towards the new fund for job-creating infrastructure projects as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.
The new $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund will be used for smaller, shovel-ready projects.
About Stadium Australia (formerly known as ANZ Stadium)
Purpose-built as the main Stadium and centrepiece for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Stadium Australia was the jewel in a major urban renewal project unveiled in what is now known as Sydney Olympic Park.
Today, the Stadium stands as an icon of the new millennium and an enduring symbol of Sydney’s coming of age as a global city.
Originally built to host more than 110,000 spectators, a reconfiguration of the Stadium in 2003 reduced capacity to 83,500 but also gave the Stadium the ability to host five professional sporting codes – Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football, AFL and Cricket.
September 2000 marked 20 years since Stadium Australia hosted the most successful summer Olympics ever held. Since then, it has set a series of record international and Australian attendances. More than 25 million fans have walked through the turnstiles and shared in the passion, excitement and drama of some of Australia’s greatest events and most iconic sporting moments.
These unforgettable highlights have become part of Australia’s sporting folklore – Cathy Freeman’s dash that unified the nation, the John Aloisi penalty shootout heart-stopper that broke the Socceroos’ 32-year World Cup hoodoo, the exhilaration and despair of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, the South Sydney Rabbitohs winning their first NRL title in 43 years, and so many legends created in the heat of battle in Grand Finals, Origin showdowns, Bledisloe Cup Test matches and AFL blockbusters.
International sporting superstars such as David Beckham, Alessandro Del Piero, Ryan Giggs and Jonny Wilkinson have graced the hallowed turf at major events, including the Rugby World Cup, British and Irish Lions Test, and visits by Football superclubs Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus.
Stadium Australia (formerly known as ANZ Stadium) has also been Sydney’s first-choice venue for some of the world’s biggest entertainment acts such as AC/DC, Adele, The Rolling Stones, U2, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and Eminem.
In February 2020, a Fire Fight Australia concert ran for 10 hours, featured 23 acts, attracted 75,000 fans at the Stadium and a TV audience of millions as $10.7 million was raised for the national bushfire appeals.
In November 2020, the Stadium reverted to its non commercial name, Stadium Australia, after its 12-year naming rights agreement with ANZ came to an end.
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