Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW. © SCG Trust & Hamilton Lund

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Allianz Stadium (formerly known as the Sydney Football Stadium) is one of Australia's premier sporting and entertainment venues. Located next to the Sydney Cricket Ground at Moore Park, Allianz Stadium plays host to Rugby League, Rugby Union, soccer matches and concerts.

The Allianz Stadium was built on the land of the old Sydney Sports Ground. Completed in 1988, it was a major Australian Bicentennial project and is acclaimed for its wave-like structure designed to bring spectators close to the sidelines of the football field.

Major events held at the 45,500 capacity stadium include Football World Cup Qualifiers, NRL Grand Finals and International Rugby Union fixtures. The record crowd for a sporting event at Allianz Stadium is 43,967 for the Australia v Argentina World Cup Qualifier in 1993.

Major concerts by Barbra Streisand, U2, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Robbie Williams, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and even famous operas such as Aida and Turandot have also been held at the venue.

Take a behind the scenes tour of Allianz Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground and see sporting history come to life. The Rugby League Museum is a stunning tribute to the history of the game where you will find a treasure trove of priceless memorabilia and artefacts from the Australian Rugby League Collection. The Rugby League Museum is housed within Rugby League Central at Moore Park and is open at various times for public events on the weekend, and in conjunction with the NRL Rugby League season games at Allianz Stadium.

Surrounding the Allianz Stadium are the Centennial Parklands which encompass three parks: Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park.

Moore Park itself has plenty of leisure choices. It has tennis and netball courts, the ES Marks Athletics Field, and an 18-hole public golf course and driving range. It is also used as a venue for circuses and other outdoor events. The Moore Park Entertainment Quarter has numerous bars, restaurants, cinemas and shops to while away an afternoon.

Centennial Park is a grand park in the Victorian period tradition featuring formal gardens, lakes, grand avenues, statues, historic buildings and sporting fields. The Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre is one of the few inner city parks in the world to offer horse riding facilities. The spacious green parklands are the perfect place for a picnic. A number of dedicated cycle lanes and pathways also make it ideal for hiring a bike and going for a ride.

Throughout the year you can enjoy a range of tours throughout the parklands led by park rangers which highlight the historic buildings and wildlife to be found here. In summer, a favourite activity for locals is the Moonlight Cinema under the stars.

Allianz Stadium is approximately 4km from Sydney’s city centre. To get to Allianz Stadium catch a train to Central Station, then a bus or walk to Moore Park. Buses also depart from Circular Quay, Martin Place and Bondi Junction. On event days, express shuttle buses run every five minutes from Central Station to Moore Park.

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