Stadium Australia (Accor Stadium)
|Stadium Australia (1999–2002), Telstra Stadium (2002–2007), ANZ Stadium (2008–2020)
|09/1996 – 02/1999
|Populous, Bligh Lobb Sports Architects
|690mln $ (1999)
|Edwin Flack Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127, Australia
Accor Stadium – stadium description
After Sydney was announced host of the 2000 Olympics in 1993, hosts faced a challenge of providing the optimal venue. Architects of Populous and Bligh Lobb Sports Architects were to create the largest stadium in history of the games (up to 120,000) in western Sydney, which would be downsizeable in legacy mode to roughly 85,000.
Never before had an operation like this been done, so coming up with a sustainable solution was a major challenge. The outcome was to resemble Sydney’s dynamism, strength and relate to existing landmarks – Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Its key features are two large arches supporting the roof, each spanning over 295 meters from north to south. Aside from the aesthetic side, the vast roof was also one of the first and most effective to collect and reuse rainwater.
Temporary sections were planned as uncovered and tall structures behind goals. Eventually the goal of 118,000 capacity wasn’t reached, but official attendance figures of over 110+ were reached. In fact, to this day the stadium holds records for the largest ever Olympic ceremony (114,714 watched closing), any athletics event (112,524), Olympic football game (104 098), rugby league game (107,558) and rugby union game (109,874).
But the era of records didn’t last long. In 2001 redevelopment began to remove temporary seating and enclose the stadium with further roof sheets. As part of the process retractable stands on both sides of the field were installed. This proved compromising (affecting pitch quality for cricket or Australian football and still having poor sightlines for rugby/soccer behind goals), but allowed the building to host many various sports disciplines.
From 2003 the stadium was used by over a dozen different clubs representing primarily rugby and Australian rules football. However cricket and football games were no rare occurrence too, both by clubs and national teams. In fact, in 2003 the stadium hosted the Rugby World Cup, while in 2015 it saw the final of AFC Asian Cup, not mentioning domestic finals.
Commercially known as Telstra Stadium and ANZ Stadium, the building has a new legacy plan in place: retractable roof and pioneering solution of mobile end zones.
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New Zealand: Wellington Regional Stadium with impressive attendance at Women's World Cup
The just concluded Women's World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, was a great success in many ways. Most notable was the high attendance in the stands, which was at an all-time high in the history of the event. One of the championship arenas was the Wellington Regional Stadium, which we will introduce in this article.
Australia: Crowds of fans at women's World Cup final
Accor Stadium, formerly known as Stadium Australia, just now played host to the Women's World Cup final. The thrilling match between England and Spain lived up to expectations, delivering a spectacle for fans worldwide. But how did the stadium itself rise to the occasion?
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In a historic moment, Sydney Olympic Park is preparing to host a semi-final match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The iconic Stadium Australia will be the battleground where the Matildas, Australia's national women's soccer team, will face England, with fans from across the nation set to converge on this celebrated venue.
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New design: Sydney to get the world’s best stadium?
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Sydney: ANZ Stadium progressing towards redevelopment
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Sydney: Consortiums invited to make ANZ Stadium best ever
The 2000 Olympics main stadium is hoped to get an impressive retractable roof, moving stands throughout the lower tier and new commercial facilities. Invitation for companies has been issued, according to Sydney Morning Herald.