15 Facts About ANZ Stadium


Stadium Australia, currently known as Accor Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park, in Sydney, Australia.

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The ANZ Stadium is owned by Venues NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

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ANZ Stadium was originally built to hold 110,000 spectators, making it the second largest Olympic ANZ Stadium ever built and the second largest stadium in Australia after the Melbourne Cricket Ground which held more than 120,000 before its re-design in the early 2000s.

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ANZ Stadium lacked a naming rights sponsor in its formative years, bearing the name ANZ Stadium Australia between its opening in 1999 and 2002.

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On 12 December 2007 it was announced by the Stadium Australia Group that the stadium's name was to be changed to ANZ Stadium after concluding a deal with ANZ Bank worth around A$31.

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In 2014, ANZ Stadium renewed the deal through to the end of 2017 and again until its closure for rebuilding in October 2019.

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ANZ Stadium was not officially opened until 12 June 1999 when the Australian National Soccer team played the FIFA All Stars.

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ANZ Stadium Australia played host to the national side's historic playoff win over Uruguay in November 2005, a victory which granted Australia FIFA World Cup qualification for only the second time in the country's history.

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Additionally, an LED perimeter screen showcasing ANZ Stadium advertising has been installed on the second level from the 30m line to the 30m line.

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Reconfiguration work was completed in October 2003 in time for the 2003 Rugby World Cup where the then Telstra ANZ Stadium hosted the opening game, two other groups games, both semi-finals, the third-place play-off and final matches of the competition.

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The original plan for ANZ Stadium Australia was for the demolition to start in 2019 and the new stadium to be completed by 2021.

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ANZ Stadium hosted several games of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, including the final.

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ANZ Stadium is due to host a number of matches of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, including the final.

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On 26 October 2002, ANZ Stadium Australia played host to Motorcycle speedway with the Speedway Grand Prix of Australia, the 10th and final round of the 2002 Speedway Grand Prix World Championship series.

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ANZ Stadium Australia played host to the first-ever Monster Jam Australia event in 2013, and remains the only venue to feature on all four Australian tours as of 2016.

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