Allianz Stadium (Sydney Football Stadium) – until 2018
|Clubs||Sydney Roosters RLC, New South Wales Waratahs, Sydney FC|
|Other names||Aussie Stadium (2002-2005)|
|Record attendance||43,967 (Australia - Argentina)|
|Cost||A$ 68 mln|
|Design||Philip Cox, Richardson and Taylor (1988)|
|Address||Moore Park Road, Paddington|
Allianz Stadium – historical stadium description
In 1980’s Sydney remained a city without even one representative football/rugby stadium. That’s why a new one was chosen to stand in Paddington, in the place of a secondary cricket venue. The venue was owned and operated by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust.
Construction took two years, starting in 1986. The stadium was designed by some of the best Australian architects with professor Philip Cox starting the list. Back in the days its dynamic shape both on the stands and roof made it very distinctive. Capacity was initially set at 41,159, but over the years was raised by almost 4,500 extra seats. Last renovation to date took place in 2007 when new screens were fitted.
Sydney Football Stadium, or simply SFS, had three anchor tenants, two of them were rugby league sides and one a football club of the A-League. Apart from games of these three a long list of other events took place here, to start with 2000 Olympics (part of the football tournament) or 2003 Rugby World Cup and numerous concerts, with the likes of Bon Jovi, U2, Peral Jam or Eminem on the list.
On October 5, 2018, the stadium hosted its last official event (Michael Buble concert). In 2019, the venue was demolished and then a completely new, more modern Allianz Stadium was built from scratch in its place. The opening of the new arena took place on August 28, 2022.
Australia: Renovated Allianz Stadium in Sydney finally open!
After 2.5 years of construction, the modernised facility in the Australian largest city finally opened to the public. Not yet during an official match though, but that will also happen soon. At the launch of the 42,500-seater, it was splendid and patterned, because that is the seating arrangement implemented at the stadium.
Australia: A roof that weighs as much as 333 elephants!
The opening of Sydney Football Stadium is just over three months away. Australia's most modern stadium has now been completely roofed, so that its final shape is now visible. The venue has also joined the Allianz portfolio and will bear the name of the German insurance giant.
Australia: Allianz secures naming rights at new Sydney Footall Stadium
Sydney FC's new home will be called Allianz Stadium. The global insurance company was already the naming rights partner for the predecessor of the newly built arena.
Australia: Sydney Football Stadium near to completion
The construction of the facility enters its decisive phase. Everything indicates that the opening is to take place in the autumn of next year. Chances are good that the 2022 NRL Grand Final will be held in a new arena.
Australia: Aboriginal seating patterns at Sydney Football Stadium
Though we’re over a year away from opening, the latest Australian stadium has something to show for itself already. Renowned artist’s seating design pays homage to local indigenous traditions.
Australia: Sydney Football Stadium on track despite pandemic
Although public life in Australia has been restricted, construction of the new Sydney Football Stadium is ongoing as planned. Piling has now began on the site of former Allianz Stadium.
Sydney: Sydney Football Stadium more expensive and less supported
Resignation of previous contractor means the major stadium project will be $99 million more expensive. Cost blows up and yet a key feature expected by three crucial tenants has been cut from the project, causing further outrage.
Sydney: New political scandal around Allianz Stadium
No new stadium, no old and functional one. Sydney is left without its iconic football stadium as the supposed contractor decided not to build. And it turns out there was no contract in place that would bind him...
Sydney: Was the public misled to support Allianz Stadium demolition?
A report reveals that basic upgrades to the Sydney Football Stadium could have cost as little as $18 million. Critical revamp could have been $130 million, which is far lower than cost of demolition and reconstruction, currently expected to consume almost $730 million.
Sydney: Allianz Stadium demolition still uncertain
After weeks of protests and attempts to block it, court ruling on March 8 may prove decisive for the fate of Sydney's most famous football stadium. Report by the Guardian.
New design: 45,000-seater for a 45,000-seater
In Australia things are done differently, apparently. After just 30 years Allianz Stadium will be torn down to be replaced by a more modern stadium of the same capacity. Better, surely, but is that worth nearly $730 million?
Sydney: Two smaller stadiums instead of saving large ones?
New recommendations for sports infrastructure strategy in Sydney are expected to turn things round. Instead of upgrading ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium, two other venues may be built.
Australia: The stadium battle of Sydney to end soon?
Ever since ANZ Stadium opened, it’s been at constant odds with Allianz Stadium. The two are now competing for state funds and the final battle may come soon, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
New design: Another covered stadium in Sydney?
Times are changing, but stadium in New South Wales not that much. This is why the Australian state will invest in sporting infrastructure. After plans for giant ANZ Stadium’s facelift now we see the vision for Allianz Stadium.