World-class Venues

Swimming races at Aquatic Centre
               Photo: Dell Carr

One of the greatest legacies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games was the creation of world-class sports, entertainment and recreation facilities in Sydney.

These world-class facilities include the Olympic Stadium (now ANZ Stadium), Aquatic Centre, Sydney Showground, Sports Centre, Sports Halls, Tennis Centre, Indoor Arena (now Qudos Bank Arena), Hockey Centre, Athletic Centre and Archery Centre.

All of these venues were created with a post-Games purpose in mind, and are all extremely busy and well utilised, with more than 5,000 events held at the Park each year.

The events held in the Park add significant economic benefit to the state of New South Wales as they attract people from across Australia and overseas. These visitors inject expenditure into the local economy as people fill hotels, spend time at restaurants and cafes, and enjoy shopping and sightseeing.

ANZ Stadium

  • Hosts around 50 events attracting on average 1.5 million people each year
  • One of Australia’s busiest sports and entertainment venues
  • Sydney’s major events venue hosting: Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football and major concerts
  • The venue for Australia’s major international sports events including Rugby World Cup in 2003, World Masters Games in 2009, FIFA World Cup Qualifying Games and the 2015 AFC Asian Football Cup
  • A first-choice venue for some of the world’s biggest entertainment acts such as AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, U2, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and Eminem

Aquatic Centre

  • Largest swim school in Australia with over 4,500 students per term
  • Between January and April each year, the competition pool hosts in excess of 90 school swimming carnivals
  • Mix of recreation and community use as well as a training location for some of Australia’s greatest swimming and diving athletes through a partnership with the New South Wales Institute of Sport

Archery Centre

  • Programs aimed at school students, corporate groups, beginners and casual archers as well as higher performance advanced coaching
  • Hosts over 27,000 visitors each year with most weekends at full capacity
  • New programs have been added to the Archery Centre’s offering that are very popular with the community; these include laser tag and laser clay shooting

Athletic Centre

  • The two-arena complex is used almost daily for school carnivals through to training and competition for elite track and field events
  • Hosts over 130,000 school students for sports carnivals from 150 New South Wales schools
  • Has hosted Grand Prix, the Sydney Marathon, Australian Youth Olympics, World Masters Games, Sydney Track Classic, Australian Athletics Championships, Australian Junior & Youth Track & Field Championships and the World Junior Championships

Hockey Centre

  • One of the world’s top hockey venues that is a training and competition venue for players of all levels ranging from school teams to world-class athletes
  • Houses the offices of Hockey NSW and the NSW Institute of Sport’s hockey program
  • In the off season, the Hockey Centre hosts competitions in soccer, touch football and other ball games

Qudos Bank Arena

  • Largest indoor live entertainment and sporting arena in Australia
  • Ranks at the very top in the world in ticket sales alongside O2 in London and Madison Square Garden in New York
  • On average 750,000 visitors attend events at this venue each year
  • Home venue for the Sydney Kings Basketball team

Sports Centre

  • A venue for an almost unlimited variety of entertainment, corporate, sport, community and leisure activities
  • Attracts 300,000 people each year from sports of all kinds, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, dinners and cocktail parties
  • Sydney Swifts Netball team hold their home games at this venue

Sports Halls

  • State training venue for Volleyball NSW, Badminton NSW, Handball NSW, and Table Tennis
  • Used regularly for community use for a range of indoor sports that were included in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Sydney Showground

  • Home to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, a hallmark event where ‘the country comes to the city’ to celebrate the finest livestock, produce and talent. It attracts close to 1 million people over two weeks every year. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the biggest annual event in the Southern Hemisphere and the fifth largest agricultural show in the world.
  • In addition to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Showground hosts over 100 major events each year
  • Sydney Showground includes a Stadium, which is oval shaped and hosts concerts, festivals and is the home ground for Australian Football League team the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the T20 cricket team Sydney Thunder.

Tennis Centre

  • Hosts the world-renowned annual Sydney International tennis tournament and is home to Tennis NSW, the Australian Tennis Museum, the NSW State Academy, as well as Tennis Australia’s National Academy Sydney
  • Available for hire to the general public and for programs to meet the needs of all tennis enthusiasts regardless of their age and ability

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