Sydney Showgrounds Stadium, The Showgrounds
|Full name||GIANTS Stadium|
|Former names||Sydney Showground Main Arena|
Sydney Baseball Stadium
|Location||Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales (Map)|
|Owner||New South Wales Government|
|Operator||Royal Agricultural Society of NSW|
|Field size||160 x 134 metres|
|Broke ground||May 1996|
Sydney Royal Easter Show (1998–present)
GWS Giants (AFL) (2012–present)
Sydney Thunder (BBL) (2015–present)
Sydney Storm (ABL) (1998–1999)
Olympic Games (Baseball/Pentathlon) (2000)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL) (2001–2005)
Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) (2016–2019)
2019 Sydney Sevens
|Home club||GWS Giants (AFL)|
|First WT20I||21 February 2020:|
Australia v India
|Last WT20I||3 March 2020:|
South Africa v West Indies
|As of 7 September 2020|
Sydney Showground Stadium (Known commercially as GIANTS Stadium during the AFL Season) is a sports and events stadium located at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park. It hosted the baseball events for the 2000 Summer Olympics. The Showground, including the stadium, is operated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), under lease from the New South Wales Government.
The stadium hosts flagship events of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, such as the Grand Parade. The stadium is also used for sport. It is the primary home ground of the Australian Football League's Greater Western Sydney Giants and the home ground of the Big Bash League's Sydney Thunder. It was also the primary home ground of the A-League's Western Sydney Wanderers for 3 years starting with the 2016–17 A-League season. Events and festivals to have been held at the stadium include Soundwave, Big Day Out, Stereosonic and Big Exo Day.
The stadium opened in 1998 as the Sydney Showground Main Arena. In conjunction with an expansion and upgrade in 2011–12, it was renamed Sydney Showground Stadium.
The stadium was constructed as part of the development of the new Sydney Showground, it was built to replace the ageing Showground at Moore Park and to provide a venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics.
A$65 million upgrade of the stadium to accommodate the GWS Giants was announced on 9 June 2010. Jointly funded by the NSW Government, the AFL and the RAS, the upgrade included two new stands which increased seating capacity from 13,000 to 25,000 (the stadium seated 13,000 but its full pre-redevelopment capacity was listed as 21,500), upgraded hospitality facilities, improved audio and sound systems and new media facilities. The playing surface was also reconfigured. The upgrade was officially opened on 23 May 2012.
The RAS is seeking funding from the New South Wales Government to expand the stadium as part of a major upgrade of the Showground precinct. It has targeted a total post-extension capacity of 30,000 seats but is considering revising the target capacity to 35,000 seats.
Following its redevelopment, the venue was known as Škoda Stadium from 2012 until 2013 in a deal with car manufacturer Škoda, then as Spotless Stadium from 2014 until 2018 in a deal with cleaning and catering company Spotless Group Holdings. Since 2019, it has been known as GIANTS Stadium in a deal with its primary AFL tenant, the Greater Western Sydney Giants, making the club the only one on the league to play in a self-branded venue; the 'GIANTS' name is styled in capital letters, consistent with the manner in which the club self-styles its name in all media.
The venue is the primary home ground for The Greater Western Sydney Giants. The club played their first game at the stadium on Saturday, 26 May 2012, Round 9 of the 2012 AFL season. In front of a crowd of 11,887 the Giants lost the match against Essendon by 66 points. The Giants first win at the stadium occurred on 4 August that year, when they defeated Port Adelaide by 34 points. On 24 September 2016, the ground hosted its first ever AFL finals game with the Giants losing to the Western Bulldogs by six points in a close preliminary final.
The Sydney Thunder played two games at the stadium during the 2014–15 Big Bash League season when ANZ Stadium was unavailable due to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. In June 2015, the Sydney Thunder announced a 10-year agreement to play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024–25 BBL season.
The opening Sydney Derby of the fifth season (2015–16) of BBL attracted record audience, with more than 1.5 million people tuning in for this match between the Sydney Thunder and the Sydney Sixers. On 28 December 2015, Sydney Thunder defeated Adelaide Strikers at the stadium in front of 21,500 spectators.
The stadium hosted several games of the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.
The Western Sydney Wanderers played most of their homes games at the stadium during the 2016–17 A-League season while Parramatta Stadium was rebuilt. Home games against Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory were played at the nearby ANZ Stadium. The Wanderers played their first home game at the ground on 23 October 2016 against the Newcastle Jets.
The stadium hosted the Sydney Storm in the Australian Baseball League for the 1998 and 1999 championship. During the Olympics, it was known as the Sydney Baseball Stadium and was the main baseball venue. The gold medal game played in front of 14,107 saw the USA, managed by Tommy Lasorda, a former two time World Series winning manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers, defeated defending champions Cuba 4–0 to win their first ever Olympic gold medal in baseball.
Since the Olympics, no other baseball game has been played at the venue. Other Olympic events hosted were the riding and running portion of the modern pentathlon competitions.
In 2001, the Canterbury Bulldogs of the NRL moved their home games to the stadium, playing there until 2005 when they moved to ANZ Stadium.
The Showground became the new home of Australia's events in the men's and women's versions of the World Rugby Sevens Series effective with the 2018–19 seasons. This change was made because the Sydney Football Stadium, previously host to both events, is to be demolished to make way for a new stadium on the same site.
As the Showground was originally built for both the Royal Easter Show and as a baseball venue, the field included a 450 metres (490 yards) long track that surrounded the playing field of the Stadium prior to its removal during the 2011–12 redevelopment. In the tradition of the Sydney Showground Speedway at Moore Park which ran speedway from 1926 until 1996, the track was used as a Speedway venue, mostly for motorcycle racing, though with limited success. In 2007 and 2008 the Stadium hosted a round of the Australian Solo Championships, just as the old Showground had done on 21 separate occasions between 1935 and 1980. The 2007 championship round, which was the opening round of a five-round series, was won by Australia's reigning Speedway World Champion Jason Crump, the son of Phil Crump who won the Australian title at the old Showground in 1975. Jason Crump would go on to win his second Aussie title in 2007, winning three of the five rounds (Sydney, Newcastle Showgrounds, and Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier), while finishing second in Mildura (Olympic Park Speedway) and the Gillman Speedway in Adelaide.
The track, which was tight and narrow (a criticism in common with its predecessor) and almost square in shape, was also used for Speedcar racing, also with little success. When the Speedcars raced at the Showground, a temporary fence was put in place on the inside of the track to protect the grass surface from any out of control cars.
The first speedway meeting at the new Showground was held on 1 May 1999 and included an unofficial Solo "Test" between Australia and the United States, won easily by Australia. The program also featured Sidecars, as well as demonstration runs by restored vintage Speedcars and Modifieds which had raced at the old Showground. The speedway was officially opened by 15 time World Champion Ivan Mauger of New Zealand, and the "King of the Royale" (the old Showground Speedway), four time Australian Solo Champion Jim Airey.
In its present configuration, the stadium is a playing field running north east to south west. The south western half is surrounded by a single grandstand structure. Additional stands are located on either side of the field, directly adjacent the main structure. A single video screen is located at the north-eastern end. When it was installed, the screen was the largest at a stadium in the southern hemisphere, The stands are:
Last updated: 4 July 2018
|1||15 July 2017||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||Australian football||2017 AFL season||21,924|
|2||10 August 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||Rugby league||2001 NRL season||21,895|
|3||20 December 2016||Sydney Thunder v. Sydney Sixers||Cricket||2016–17 BBL season||21,798|
|4||24 September 2016||Greater Western Sydney v. Western Bulldogs||Australian football||2016 AFL finals series||21,790|
|5||19 December 2017||Sydney Thunder v. Sydney Sixers||Cricket||2017–18 BBL season||21,589|
|6||12 June 2016||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||Australian football||2016 AFL season||21,541|
|7||28 December 2015||Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers||Cricket||2015–16 BBL season||21,500|
|8||18 August 2018||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||Australian football||2018 AFL season||21,433|
|9||18 January 2017||Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers||Cricket||2016–17 BBL season||20,642|
|10||28 December 2016||Sydney Thunder v. Brisbane Heat||Cricket||2016–17 BBL season||20,234|
Source: Austadiums (2003 crowds onwards)
|1||15 July 2017||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||21,924|
|2||24 September 2016||Greater Western Sydney v. Western Bulldogs||21,790|
|3||12 June 2016||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||21,541|
|4||18 August 2018||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||21,433|
|5||22 August 2015||Greater Western Sydney v. Sydney||19,507|
Source: AFL Tables
|1||20 December 2016||Sydney Thunder v. Sydney Sixers||21,798|
|2||19 December 2017||Sydney Thunder v. Sydney Sixers||21,589|
|3||28 December 2015||Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers||21,500|
|4||18 January 2017||Sydney Thunder v. Adelaide Strikers||20,642|
|5||28 December 2016||Sydney Thunder v. Brisbane Heat||20,234|
|1||10 August 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||21,895|
|2||29 August 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Canberra Raiders||20,016|
|3||16 August 2002||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Parramatta Eels||19,346|
|4||13 September 2003||Canterbury Bulldogs v. New Zealand Warriors||18,312|
|5||4 March 2001||Canterbury Bulldogs v. Newcastle Knights||18,109|
Last updated on 1 January 2017
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