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Al Aseel Brings Authentic Lebanese Flavours to Accor Stadium

Al Aseel, Sydney’s beloved Lebanese restaurant group, is set to make its debut in a stadium setting with the launch of its newest location at Accor Stadium on Thursday, May 23rd. The 300-seat restaurant marks a significant milestone for the award-winning restaurant brand, renowned for its authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and generational recipes.

With a large-scale catering operation servicing corporate spaces and airlines, alongside wholesale and retail elements, Al Aseel has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Greenacre in 2002. What started as a modest eatery with plastic chairs and basic tables has transformed into a truly modern dining experience, offering a taste of traditional Lebanese flavours in a contemporary setting.

“Establishing Al Aseel at Accor Stadium is a significant milestone for the entire team,” says Georges Badr, Al Aseel’s Group General Manager. “This new location marks an exciting chapter for our brand, allowing us to share our generational recipes and vibrant dining experience with a much wider audience. Whether it’s a sporting event, concert, or any other occasion, we look forward to elevating the stadium experience for guests by offering a taste of our rich culinary heritage.”

At the heart of Al Aseel’s success lies a commitment to preserving time-honoured recipes passed down through generations. Group Executive Chef’s vision for the Accor Stadium menu is to offer their signature banquet, “The Feast,” featuring a selection of salads, cold and hot mezza dishes and skewers from the grill.

“Our recipes have been passed down through generations, and our chefs have curated a menu using locally sourced produce and quality ingredients,” Badr adds. “Our production kitchen services Al Aseel restaurants, airlines, catering, and food service clients, ensuring consistency and quality across all our offerings.”

With its rich flavours, vibrant atmosphere, and commitment to authenticity, Al Aseel’s new restaurant at Accor Stadium promises to elevate the stadium dining experience, offering a taste of Lebanon in the heart of Sydney.

Al Aseel at Accor Stadium is located at the Southern end of the Members area on Level 2.

Conditions of entry apply, and the restaurant is only open for Stadium Members and their guests on all event days, and on NRL Premiership regular season match days for home team members.

Bookings can be made for event days by visiting

About Al Aseel:
Al Aseel is an award-winning Lebanese restaurant group with multiple locations across Sydney, including Alexandria, Bankstown, Castle Hill, Greenacre, Parramatta, and Penrith. With a focus on authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and generational recipes, Al Aseel has evolved from a modest eatery to a modern dining experience, offering catering services, wholesale, and retail elements alongside its renowned restaurants.

Juicy Fest returns to Accor Stadium in 2025

The line-up for Juicy Fest 2025 can now be revealed – with influential R&B and hip hop stars Ludacris, Akon, Tyga, Keyshia Cole, Omarion, Fat Joe, SWV, Blackstreet and Jacquees heading to Australia this summer.

Juicy Fest is a R18 one-day festival, scheduled for four shows across Australia in January 2025, including returning to Accor Stadium in Sydney for the third consecutive year on January 18.

Ludacris is a three-time Grammy award-winning, 20-time Grammy-nominated hip-hop icon who has etched his mark into music history. With some of his biggest hits including ‘What’s Your Fantasy’, ‘Pimpin’ All Over The World’, ‘Area Codes’, ‘Runaway Love’, ‘My Chick Bad’, ‘Rollout’, and ‘Standup’, ‘Good Lovin’, ‘Get Back’, ‘Money Maker’, ‘How Low’, and ‘Act a Fool’, Ludacris is sure to be a crowd favourite. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most well-known artists, from Justin Bieber and Carrie Underwood to Usher, Mary J Blige and Nicki Minaj to name a few. On top of his musical accomplishments, Ludacris is a certified movie star as a core member of one of the longest movie franchises – Fast and Furious – playing Tej Parker.

Akon is a multi-genre artist who has hits spread across pop, R&B, hip hop and dance and collaborations with some of the biggest artists such as Michael Jackson, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg. His mass appeal will for sure be taking fans back in time.

Tyga has been a consistent part of the hip hop genre ever since he released ‘Rack City’ back in 2011. Since then he has released multiple chart-topping hits – ‘Ice Cream Man’, ‘Ayo’ with Chris Brown, ‘Loco Contigo’ with DJ Snake and J Balvin, ‘Freaky Deaky’, with Doja Cat and the ever popular ‘Taste’ with rapper Offset, which has more than 1.3 billion streams on Spotify.

Keyshia Cole’s 2005 hit single and heartbreak anthem ‘Love’ has had a massive resurgence in popularity nearly 20 years later, finding new life with a new generation all thanks to social media platform TikTok.

SWV and Blackstreet are among the most influential groups of the 1990s and today, are recognised as among the greats of R&B music. SWV, or Sisters With Voices, are responsible for R&B classics and hit singles like ‘Weak’, ‘Right Here’, ‘I’m So Into You’, ‘You’re the One’, and ‘Can We’ to name a few, while Blackstreet brought us the cultural phenomenon that is ‘No Diggity’, as well as hits ‘Booti Call’ and ‘Before I Let You Go’, ‘Don’t Leave’ and ‘Fix’.

Fat Joe is a titan in the world of hip hop, cementing himself as one of the genre’s most recognisable figures, renowned for his lyrical prowess and chart-topping hits. With bangers such as ‘All the Way Up’, ‘Lean Back’, ‘What’s Luv,’ ‘Make It Rain’ and ‘Get It Poppin’, the South Bronx native will bring nostalgia for many.

Omarion and Jacquees round out the line-up announcement – two smooth R&B singers with impressive careers. Omarion’s career spans over two decades, achieving significant success both as a solo artist and as part of the acclaimed group B2K, with hits such as ‘Uh Huh’, ‘Bump, Bump, Bump’, ‘Girlfriend’ ‘Ice Box’, ‘Entourage’ and ‘Post to Be’ under his belt. Jaquees’ discography includes ‘Come Thru’, ‘At the Club’, ‘B.E.D.’ and ‘You’.

Juicy Fest promoters Matthew Spratt and Glenn Meikle say the 2025 line-up has been put together with good vibes and positive memories in mind.

“This year’s line-up is packed with artists responsible for some of R&B and hip hop’s biggest hits of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s and we’re excited to see the crowd respond to the high energy of our artists,” Spratt says.

“Every year we are excited to bring another line-up to Australia and we believe we’ve come up with a high calibre group of artists that people will be excited to see,” Meikle says.

“We’ve locked in some of the biggest names in R&B and hip-hop from the 1990s and 2000s era and they’re just excited about coming to Australia as we are to be hosting them,” Spratt says.

Juicy Fest 2025 will provide a sense of nostalgia for everyone who loves the R&B and hip-hop sounds of the 90s, 2000s and 2010s.

Those who have pre-registered for tickets will have 24 hours to purchase tickets before they are released to the public, from 6pm on Wednesday, May 1.

General public sales start at 6pm on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

Matildas to play their final Pre-Olympic match on home soil at Accor Stadium

Football Australia today announced that the CommBank Matildas will host reigning AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ champions and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ participants, China PR at Accor Stadium in the second of the two match “’Til It’s Done Farewell” international series to be played during the May/June FIFA Women’s International Window.

On Monday 3 June, through the support of the New South Wales (NSW) Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, fans will see Accor Stadium welcome the CommBank Matildas for their final match on home soil before they depart for the Paris 2024™ Olympic Games.

The CommBank Matildas enter this series against China PR on the back of twelve consecutive sold out matches on home turf, including three sold out crowds of 75,784 – the largest-ever crowds for women’s football matches in the country – at Stadium Australia (Accor Stadium) during their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ campaign.

Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, said: “As we have seen over the past twelve months, the CommBank Matildas are a box office entertainment juggernaut with an incredible streak of 12 sold out home matches with over 600,000 fans in attendance and millions watching the broadcast of these encounters.

“Our senior national teams are Australia’s teams, and it is important we play matches in as many cities and regional centres as possible, and we are thrilled that the next set of CommBank Matildas’ home matches we will continue to open the door for all Australians to connect and witness the team live.”

“We appreciate the support of the New South Wales and South Australian Governments in partnering with us to provide the CommBank Matildas with memorable occasions for their final matches in Australia as they prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympics,” concluded Johnson.

Australia and China have a long-standing history with the two nations having met on 42 occasions extending back to 1988. The last meeting was in February 2020, where the two nations played out a 1-1 draw at CommBank Stadium in Sydney.

New South Wales Minister for Jobs and Tourism, John Graham, said:  “Congratulations to the CommBank Matildas who have once again captured the hearts and admiration of the nation in qualifying for the Olympics last week.”

“Sydney has kicked another goal as the nation’s home of football, securing the CommBank Matildas’ final match in Australia before they begin their pursuit for gold. This match between the CommBank Matildas and China in Sydney is a fantastic opportunity for fans from across the nation to get behind the CommBank Matildas at a packed Accor Stadium before they head off to Paris,” expressed Graham.

Tickets for the Accor Stadium match will go on sale to Football Account holders at 2.00pm AEDT on Friday, 15 March 2024 and the General Public from 2.00pm AEDT on Monday, 18 March 2024.

Tickets will start at $20 for Juniors, $25 Concessions, $35 Adults, and a Family Ticket starting at $90. Tickets from Ticketek.

The CommBank Matildas’ “’Til It’s Done Farewell” international series against China PR will be broadcast live thanks to Football Australia’s broadcast partner, 10 Paramount.

CommBank Matildas v China PR
Date: Monday, 3 June 2024
Kick-off: TBA
Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales
Broadcast: 10 Paramount
Tickets: Football Account Pre-sale from 2.00pm AEDT on Friday, 15 March 2024. General Public from 2.00pm AEDT on Monday, 18 March 2024. Tickets from Ticketek.

NRL Grand Final at Accor Stadium

2024 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals to be held at Accor Stadium

The NSW Government has announced that the Government and the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) have reached agreement to host the 2024 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals at Accor Stadium in Sydney on Sunday, 6 October.

The NSW Government and ARLC has provided certainty to rugby league fans across the nation the Grand Final will remain in NSW, the birthplace of the NRL, and will once again fill Australia’s home of sport, Accor Stadium at Olympic Park.

Penrith Panthers celebrate their 2023 Grand Final three peat
2023 NRL Telstra Premiers Penrith Panthers celebrating their historic Premiership three-peat at Accor Stadium [Grant Trouville – NRL Photos]

After an electric start to the season in Las Vegas, the 2024 NRL season is expected to deliver more excitement and entertainment with the Penrith Panthers vying for the first four-peat in the NRL era, and the first since the legendary St. George Dragons team of the 1950’s and 60’s.

With the NRL growing its audience to international markets both in the US and the Asia-Pacific, a new audience of fans are engaging with our code, and with Sydney as the home of the Grand Final.

In securing the NRL Grand Final, Sydney is further cementing its status as the premier destination and major events capital of the Asia-Pacific. In the past year Sydney has hosted the UFC, FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Harry Styles, Foo Fighters, Elton John, Paul McCartney, P!NK and of course Taylor Swift.

NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo, ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys and Minister for Sport The Hon Steve Kamper MP
[L-R] NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo, ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys and Minister for Sport The Hon Steve Kamper MP

Premier of NSW Chris Minns said:
“NSW is the home of the NRL and there is no better city in the world to host another incredible Grand Final show down.
“The NRL Grand Final is one of our countries greatest annual sporting events and I can’t wait for a whole new generation of footy fans to get to experience it right here in NSW.”

Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said:
“The NRL Grand Final is a cornerstone event in Australia’s sporting calendar.
“Each year tens of thousands of fans from across the country converge on Sydney to support their teams and community. The NSW Government’s vibrancy reforms support extended trading hours around major events like this.”

Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said:
“The NRL has done a fantastic job in promoting and expanding the game to new markets across the US and Asia-Pacific. As such, we need to make sure we cement Sydney’s legacy as the birthplace and home of rugby league.
“Given the drama of last year’s Grand Final, I am sure we can expect another full house of 82,500 on Grand Final day.”

ARLC Commission Chair Peter V’landys said:
“Confirming the 2024 Grand Final will be held in Sydney provides certainty to NRL clubs, sponsors and broadcasters — but most importantly of all, it’s exciting news for NRL fans.
“The NRL and NRLW premiership seasons will culminate at Accor Stadium on 6 October — and we can’t wait to watch it unfold.”

Accor Stadium Confirmed to host the first Bledisloe Cup Test of 2024

Sydney’s major event venue, Accor Stadium, has been confirmed to host the first Bledisloe Cup Test of 2024 on Saturday, September 21. 

Rugby’s biggest annual fixture will see the All Blacks return to Sydney for the first time in four years.

Rugby Australia also announced a further four Tests in Sydney, with Allianz Stadium to host Wallaroos v Canada on May 11, Wallaroos v Fiji and Wallabies v Wales double-header on July 6, and Wallabies v Georgia on July 20.

Rugby Australia CEO Phil Waugh said: “We’re thrilled to announce a massive international season this year for the Wallaroos and the Wallabies on home soil with 10 Tests in total across the two teams.

“It’s particularly pleasing to know we are going to host Test matches in the four largest cities in Australia as we continue to invest in making the game more accessible to more Australians.

“We’re continuing to honour our commitment to grow the women’s game, with the Wallaroos set to play their highest number of Tests on home soil in a calendar year in 2024 against world-class oppositions at first-class stadiums.

“The Wallabies will be looking for a reset this year, with Joe Schmidt to lead them against four high-quality Test opponents on home soil, including Georgia who we look forward to welcoming to Australia for the first time.”

Tickets are on sale for the 2024 Home Tests at midday (AEST) on the following days:

  • Monday April 8: 2024 Wallabies First Members
  • Wednesday April 10: Team Rugby, Super Rugby club members pre-sale
  • Friday April 12: General Public

Wallaroos 2024 Fixtures

  • Wallaroos v Canada, Saturday May 11 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wallaroos v USA, Friday May 17 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
  • Wallaroos v Fiji, Saturday July 6 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wallaroos v New Zealand, Sunday July 14, Ballymore, Brisbane

Wallabies 2024 Home Tests

  • Wallabies v Wales, Saturday July 6 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wallabies v Wales, Saturday July 13 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
  • Wallabies v Georgia, Saturday July 20 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday August 10 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday August 17 at Optus Stadium, Perth
  • Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday September 21 at Accor Stadium, Sydney

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