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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.

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.”

Coldplay Music of the Spheres World Tour at Accor Stadium Sydney

Coldplay Announce 2024 Sydney Shows At Accor Stadium

  • Coldplay announce they will play two Sydney shows at Accor Stadium on 6 & 7 November 2024 as part of their record-breaking world tour.
  • Presale tickets go on sale from 10am Wednesday 29 November to those registered here , and to the General Public from 10am Friday 1 December.
  • Want to see Coldplay in style? Enquire about Premium Experience opportunities here.

‘THE GREATEST LIVE MUSIC SHOW EVER’ The Times

‘Genuinely stunning’
★★★★★, The Guardian
‘A fantastical feel-good bonanza’
★★★★★, NME
“As good as it gets”
★★★★★, London Evening Standard  
“Nobody does it better”
★★★★★, The i

Following the spectacular sellout success of this weekend’s Perth Optus Stadium shows – part of the November 2023 Asia leg of Coldplay’s record-breaking Music Of The Spheres World Tour which has also taken them to Tokyo, Kaohsiung and Jakarta – the band have today announced a run of Australia and New Zealand dates for October and November 2024. The shows will see Coldplay perform in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland for the first time since 2016.

Fans can register now at Coldplay.com for access to the ticket presale – which begins at 10am local time on Wednesday, 29th November. The general sale begins on Friday, 1st December at 10am local time.


Since the first Music Of The Spheres World Tour date in March 2022, the band have sold over 9 million tickets – the most for any tour over the last two years. The tour has also received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, picking up accolades including Favorite Touring Artist at the 2022 AMAs and Tour of The Year at the 2023 iHeartRadio Awards.
 
The band recently issued an update on the tour’s sustainability initiatives, revealing that, on a show-by-show comparison, their current tour has so far produced 47% less CO2e emissions than their previous stadium tour in 2016/17, and that more than 7 million trees have already been planted around the world (with one being planted for each concert goer).
 
On Thursday, Coldplay were named in TIME Magazine’s inaugural TIME100 Climate, a new list of the world’s most influential leaders driving real climate action.
 
The new dates are as follows:
 
OCTOBER 2024
30 – Melbourne, Marvel Stadium
31 – Melbourne, Marvel Stadium
 
NOVEMBER 2024
6 – Sydney, Accor Stadium
7 – Sydney, Accor Stadium

13 – Auckland, Eden Park
 
Coldplay will make a limited number of Infinity Tickets available for the shows at a later date. Infinity Tickets are released for every Coldplay show to make the Music Of The Spheres World Tour accessible to fans for an affordable price. They will cost $32 AUD / $32 NZD per ticket. They are restricted to a maximum of two tickets per purchaser, and must be bought in pairs (which will be located next to each other).
 
The band have also revealed their support acts for the shows will be PinkPantheress and Emmanuel Kelly.
 
DHL is the Official Logistics Partner of the Music Of The Spheres World Tour, supporting the band in their mission to cut the tour’s direct emissions by 50%.

NSW Police Call On Fans To Look Out For One Another This Grand Final Weekend

Saturday, 30 September 2023 9am

As Australia’s greatest interstate sporting rivalry continues, NSW Police are urging footy fans to keep the competition family-friendly and behave responsibly ahead of this weekend’s grand finals.

The Newcastle Knights will be battling for back-to-back premierships, at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, as they take on the Gold Coast Titans in the NRLW Grand Final, kicking off at 3.55pm tomorrow (Sunday 1 October 2023).

The Penrith Panthers will follow, in an attempt to carve their name into the history books in pursuit of a premiership three-peat, taking on the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL Grand Final, scheduled for a 7.30pm kick-off.

Police will conduct a high-visibility operation, comprising officers from across the South West Metropolitan Region assisted by specialist police to ensure the safety and security of officials, players and the anticipated 80,000-plus spectators who will be in attendance.

Gates will open at 1pm for preliminary matches and entertainment, and those attending are urged to arrive early.

Security guards will assist police in targeting troublemakers, anti-social behaviour, and alcohol-related crime at the stadium, and to ensure all fans get to and from the stadium safely.

Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said the police operation aims to ensure everyone’s Grand Final experience is enjoyable, memorable and free from any anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“While we expect the passion and emotions of the spectators to be heightened, please remember to be considerate of others and cheer on your teams respectfully,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“Those who choose to act inappropriately will be dealt with promptly; this could mean ejection from the stadium and/or banning notices, with fines, or even criminal charges.

“Fans need to be considerate of others during post-match celebrations and, whether your team wins or loses, there is no excuse for violence, intimidation, or anti-social behaviour.” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

As temperatures are expected to soar this weekend, coupled with a try-scoring-fest, Assistant Commissioner Smith urges game attendees to drink responsibly, as we don’t want anyone missing out on the live action.

“To everyone celebrating across the state, please ensure you are drinking plenty of water, wear sunscreen and seek shade during the day.

“Drink responsibly, know your limits, and keep an eye on your friends,” Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

To assist in avoiding disruption and disappointment, spectators are urged to plan their trip ahead of time and utilise public transport services. All tickets include travel to and from Olympic Park on public transport.

Motorists driving to Sydney Olympic Park are reminded to book their parking in advance and allow plenty of travel time and expect significant delays, particularly around the venue before and after the match.

See the Accor Stadium Events Page for all the latest information here!

For all special-event traffic information and live traffic reports, refer to the live traffic website for details!

Assistant Commissioner Smith also encouraged ticketholders to check conditions of entry and allow plenty of time when entering the stadium.

2023 NRL & NRLW Telstra Premiership Grand Final Accor Stadium

Your Ultimate Guide To NRL & NRLW Grand Final Day At Accor Stadium

A Grand Final for the ages awaits Accor Stadium on Sunday 1 October as the two best teams in season 2023 lock horns as they both try to achieve an historic feat.

The Penrith Panthers are in their fourth successive NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final as they strive to become the first team since Parramatta Eels in 1981-82-83 to win three straight titles.

The Panthers won’t have it all their own way, with thousands of Brisbane fans heading south to see their Broncos in a decider for the first time since 2015 and looking to end a 17-year title drought.

The Newcastle Knights are looking to defend their NRLW Telstra Premiership crown but will have to defeat first time Grand Finalists the Gold Coast Titans, who will be looking to spoil the party and celebrate the Gold Coast’s first-ever Telstra Premiership, men’s or women’s.

Before the two massive Grand Finals, the day will kick off with the State Championship game between NSW Cup winners, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Queensland Cup champions, Brisbane Tigers.

Grand Final Day Schedule:

  • 1.00pm Gates Open
  • 1.20pm State Championship
  • 3.55pm NRLW Telstra Premiership Grand Final kick-off
  • 6.30pm Pre-Match Entertainment
  • 7.30pm NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final kick-off
2022 NRLW & NRL Champions. Top: Newcastle Knights. Bottom: Penrith Panthers.

Your Game Plan:

  • Arrive early! To avoid queues at gates and ensure you don’t miss any of the action, plan to arrive well before kick-off. You can also enjoy pre-game entertainment and soak in the pre-match atmosphere inside and outside the Stadium.
  • The National Rugby League (NRL) has announced that the 2023 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at Accor Stadium on Sunday (October 1) has SOLD OUT.
  • Return travel is included in match tickets. Find out more in our transport section below!
  • Elevate your experience! Want to see the big game in style? Move fast to lock in your Premium Experience for this historic occasion via Accor Stadium Official Hospitality

Food and Beverage:

Make the most of your Sunday by arriving early and enjoying the wide range of restaurants and bars in the Sydney Olympic Park Precinct or taking advantage of the stadium’s extensive food and beverage outlets. There is something available for every palate, including those with dietary requirements. To explore our full range, click here.

Weather:

  • The Bureau is forecasting a hot and dry NRL Grand Final Day, with a maximum temperature of 36C at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday.
  • Fans are strongly encouraged to bring a hat and be mindful that wear sunscreen should be applied regularly during daylight hours & to drink plenty of water through the day.
  • For the latest forecast, please click here.

Transport to and parking near Accor Stadium:

  • Public transport is the best way to get to the footy, and FREE public transport is included in your ticket! Plan your trip to Accor Stadium using the Transport for NSW tool here.
  • If you must drive, make sure to pre-book parking through the Sydney OIympic Park website before match day. Day of parking is not likely to be available.
  • Parking is selling fast, with some car parks in Sydney Olympic Park already SOLD OUT!

Getting to the Grand Final

  • From Central, express train services will run approximately every 10 minutes from 1pm.
  • From Penrith, limited-stop train services will run every 15 minutes from 12noon.
  • Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will run on all 9 routes from the Hills District, Inner West, North Western Suburbs, Northern Beaches, Southerland Shire and Southern Suburbs.  

Getting home from the Grand Final

  • To Central: express services will leave Olympic Park every 6 minutes from 9:30pm until 12:30am.
  • To Blacktown: limited-stop services will leave Olympic Park every 6 minutes from 9:30pm until 1am, stopping at Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta, Westmead, Seven Hills then Blacktown. 
  • To Penrith: limited-stop services will leave Olympic Park every 15 minutes.
  • Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will run on all 9 routes to the Hills District, Inner West, North Western Suburbs, Northern Beaches, Southerland Shire and Southern Suburbs.

Please note: if you are planning to use a taxi or ride share service after the game, there will be a number of road closures in place for up to half an hour after full time.

Entry requirements:

  • All bags will be subject to security screening process.
  • To help avoid delays, it’s best to leave your bag at home.
  • On all event days bag sizes are limited to 30x40cm (approximately A3 size).
  • Umbrellas are permitted but for the comfort of other patrons, they should not be opened in the seating bowl.
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the stadium. No glass or cans are permitted.
  • For more information on conditions of entry, please click here.

This is it. 80 minutes for eternity. Be here to cheer on the six teams looking to entrench their names in the history books!

NRL Telstra Premiership Preliminary Final at Accor Stadium

Everything You Need To Know For Panthers V Storm NRL Prelim Final At Accor Stadium

In a rematch of the 2020 Grand Final, back-to-back reigning Premiers the Penrith Panthers will go head-to-head with four-time NRL Premiership winners the Melbourne Storm at Accor Stadium in what promises to be a Preliminary Final to remember.

The winner advances to the biggest day on the Sydney sporting calendar – the NRL Grand Final – to face either the Brisbane Broncos or the New Zealand Warriors. For the loser, it is season over.

Event Details:

NRL Preliminary Final
Penrith Panthers v Melbourne Storm
Tickets here
Friday 22 September
Gates open: 6pm
Kick-off: 7:50pm

Penrith Panthers (1st – 18 wins; 6 losses – last game: beat New Zealand Warriors 32-6)

Melbourne Storm (3rd – 16 wins; 8 losses – last game: beat Sydney Roosters 18-13)

Panthers v Storm PRELIM

Your Game Plan:

  • Arrive early! To avoid queues at the gate and ensure you don’t miss any of the action, it is recommended you arrive in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct well before kick-off. You can also enjoy pre-game entertainment and soak in the pre-match atmosphere inside and outside the Stadium.
  • Public transport is the best way to get to the footy, and rail is included in your ticket! With other footy fans heading into the area, avoid gameday traffic and get to the ground without the stress of parking by taking public transport. Plan your trip to Accor Stadium using the Transport for NSW tool here.
  • If you need to drive, consider your parking options. Attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-book parking. The best way to book parking is through the Sydney OIympic Park website. Parking is selling fast, so get in quick!
  • Pre-purchase your ticket. To avoid disappointment and lines at the box office, we recommend buying your tickets online. Don’t forget to share them with your group before arriving at the gates.
  • Elevate your experience! Want to see the big game in style? Move fast to lock in your Premium Experience for this historic occasion via Accor Stadium Official Hospitality

Last time they met:

The Panthers and Storm played each other twice during the 2023 NRL regular season, with Penrith winning on both occasions. First in Round 18, the Panthers defeated the Storm 16-34 in Melbourne before finishing the clean sweep in Round 23 with a 26-6 victory at home.

Food and Beverage:

Make the most of your Friday afternoon/night by arriving early and enjoying the wide range of restaurants and bars in the Sydney Olympic Park Precinct or taking advantage of the stadium’s extensive food and beverages outlets. There is something available for every palate, including for those with dietary requirements. To explore our full range, click here.

Weather:

The forecast for Sydney Olympic Park on Friday is maximum 19C with the temperature sitting at 14C for kick-off. Partly cloudy with a low chance of rain. We recommend dressing for the conditions, especially as not all seats are undercover. Umbrellas may be brought into the Stadium but for the comfort of others should not be put up. For the latest forecast, please click here.

Transport to and parking near Accor Stadium:

Attendees are encouraged to make their way to the Stadium via public transport, including bus, train and ferry. Accessible travel is available. Rail travel is included in matchday tickets. Plan to get here early using the Transport for NSW Trip Planner.

If you need to drive, please allow extra time for traffic as there will be a large number of people in the area. Booking your parking is strongly recommended, especially parking selling fast – visit the Sydney Olympic Park website to secure your parking space as soon as possible. Those requiring Accessibility Parking will also park in the Sydney Olympic Park car parks – please remember to bring your permit. P3 is a 10-15 minute walk to Accor Stadium, with shuttle buses connecting patrons to other car parks in the area. For more information click here.

Please note: if you are planning to use a taxi or ride share service after the game, there will be a number of road closures in place for up to half an hour after full time.

Entry requirements:

All bags will be subject to the security screening process. To help avoid delays, it’s best to leave your bag at home. On all event days bag sizes are limited to 30x40cm. Umbrellas are permitted but for the comfort of other patrons, they should not be opened in the seating bowl. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the stadium. Please note: No glass or cans are permitted. For more information on conditions of entry, please click here.

Win-or-go-home. Do-or-die. Be here to cheer on the Panthers or Storm with only one team securing a berth into the NRL Grand Final! Tickets available here.

To Honour A Legend: Cathy Freeman Stand Unveiled At Accor Stadium

By Matt Cleary

It’s a warm, verging on a hot Friday morning at Accor Stadium and the dignitaries are fanning themselves with the event program and sweating in their suits. There are no complaints, though. Not today. For they’re here to honour a legend.

Chris Minns, the Premier of NSW, is here, with Jodie Harrison, Minister for Women, and Steve Kamper, Minister for Sport.

There’s David Gallop and Kerrie Mather, respectively chairman and chief of Venues NSW.

There’s Australia’s Olympic chief Matt Carroll and AOC President John Coates in a (wise) Panama hat.

Two-time Olympian Patrick Johnson is here. He once ran 9.93 for the hundred and remains Australia’s fastest-ever man.

Bruce McAvaney is here, too – he didn’t run for his country. But he could call sport for Australia.

And one famous Monday evening on September 25, 2000, he did, when upwards of 20 million eyeballs tuned in to see a famous hot lap of Stadium Australia.

Cathy Freeman and Bruce McAvaney at the unveiling of the Cathy Freeman Stand at Accor Stadium. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

Such was – and remains – the pulling power of our guest of honour, Australia’s 400-metre Sydney 2000 Olympics champion Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman, OAM, who’s here with her family to witness the unveiling of the Cathy Freeman Stand on the eastern side of Accor Stadium.

Typically for Freeman, she’s a touch non-plussed at all the fuss.

“I’m just a Kuku Yalanji woman, a Birri Gubba woman, who’s just taking each stride, doing my best to be me, making the most of life and opportunities, drawing inspiration from my family, from stories, from learning along the way,” she tells interviewer and close friend, McAvaney.

“But this is such an incredible day today.

“I’m so honoured, I’m almost speechless.”

Cathy Freeman and Chris Minns at the unveiling of the Cathy Freeman Stand at Accor Stadium. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

McAvaney assures her: “There won’t be a person in Australia that’s not smiling today, not one.”

There wasn’t one 23 years ago to the day when Freeman emerged in a fireproof white bodysuit to light the Olympic flame at the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony.

Ten days later, her win in the Olympic 400 metre final was the joyous pinnacle of the greatest feel-good fortnight Australia’s ever known.

Cathy Freeman, Chris Minns and John Coates with the plaque to commemorate the Cathy Freeman Stand. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

Freeman’s dash today, like Shane Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’, John Aloisi’s penalty goal and even Sam Kerr’s wonder strike against England, almost gets better with age.

Eyes turn to the Great Southern Screen, all 120 metres long of it, to watch a mash-up of vision of that famous race.

There are wide angles, close-ups, panoramas. McAvaney’s words are plastered 10 metres high across the screen.

And it’s like you’re back there watching afresh. Your arm hairs prickle. And you’re cheering her on: Go on Cathy. Go our girl.

Cathy Freeman beaming after the unveiling of the Cathy Freeman Stand at Accor Stadium. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

We see her shoot out the blocks, streaking around the track in that green-and-gold space-suit.

And there she goes, and she’s flying, leaning into the corners like a Ducati, equal parts pace, grace and power.

And you think: Man, she could move, Cathy Freeman. Her running style was beautiful. It seemed effortless.

It was the best in the world that fine night in Sydney, and we roared her home on the final turn and as she drew away in the last 40, 30, 20, 10 … gold.

You beauty.

Cathy Freeman and Bruce McAvaney relive that night in September, 2000. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

It took effort, of course. That was plain to see after she’d crossed the line and sat on her bum on the track, the suit’s hood off her head, arms resting on her knees, breathing like a bellows, oxygen like balm for her lungs.

Soon enough, though, she was up and dancing about, waving the flags of her country and of her people, this shy country kid, beaming for Australia, for her mum and dad and family, for herself.

What a night. What a ride she took us on, so many years in the making.

Cathy Freeman and Bruce McAvaney remember the 400m final of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

As McAvaney explains on stage, since running second in Atlanta to arch-rival Marie-José Pérec – the Frenchwoman who fled Sydney after seeing building-sized posters of Freeman on the skyscrapers outside her Darling Harbour hotel room – Freeman won 43 of her 44 races, the one loss in Oslo in ’98 when she was injured.

She was all we could talk about. For four years we looked forward to the 400-metre final, Freeman versus Perec versus the world.

Ten metres from glory for Cathy Freeman in the 400m final in Sydney 2000. Pic: National Museum of Australia.

McAvaney asks about her confidence on the night.

“In terms of percentages, it was mainly confidence,” she replies. “But there was also that human component, a feeling of fragility, of self-doubt.

“Talking to Warwick on the way here – sorry, Warwick, our driver – you just don’t know what’s going to happen in big sporting moments. Those not expected to do well can do well. And vice versa.

“There’s a side that’s deep within. I said to my coach before I left him, will you still love me if I don’t win.

“There’s a duality.”

A country girl at heart: Cathy Freeman was humbled and delighted with the unveiling of the Cathy Freeman Stand at Accor Stadium. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

Then she emerged onto the arena where 112,000 people roared her name.

And she flicked the switch. She moved from Cathy the barefoot kid from housing commission in Mackay to Cathy Freeman: athlete; arse-kicker; animal.

She was in her realm.

“Once I got out there and I was in my element, as sports people are, and I’m at the start line … you just switch on and the competitive juices start flowing,” she tells McAvaney. “And you’re so determined and very clear on what you need to do.

“I won’t swear – but you get very aggressive.

“I was born to be an Olympic champion.”

NSW Premier Chris Minns. Pic: Ayush Kumar.

And now, after a public process to name Australia’s greatest female athlete, the great state of NSW has named a great eastern stand after her.

Freeman is the first woman so-honoured in NSW.

Premier Minns tells media: “Everybody remembers where they were when Cathy Freeman produced her historic 400-metre race to win gold for Australia at the Sydney Olympics.

“I want the next generation of young girls to watch sport at this stadium, looking up at the Cathy Freeman Stand, thinking about their own sporting dreams.”

Honouring Our Heroes: $10 from Every KISS Ticket Sold from September 5 to Support Our Veterans

Rock legends KISS are thrilled to announce that from September 5 a portion of every KISS concert ticket sold will now make a meaningful impact in the lives of our incredible Australian veterans.

In a wonderful partnership with Legacy and Wounded Heroes Australia, 5000 tickets to The Final Curtain show will be donated to veteran and serving defence personnel.

Plus, $10 from every concert ticket sold from September 5 will be donated to help provide essential services, care and recognition to our brave servicemen and women and the families that stand beside them.

So, let’s come together to show our gratitude and make a difference.  Spread the word, share the news, and let’s make this final ever KISS show one to remember, joining Paul, Gene, Tommy, and Eric and rocking on for a purpose in what will be the biggest send-off party in the world for the band who gave rock’n’roll to us!

Louder, hotter, and crazier than ever before, KISS fans will be taken on a musical journey that will leave them with memories that will last a lifetime. Expect to hear all the hits you’ve been singing across the years, including global rock anthems ‘Shout It Out Loud’, and ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’, disco hit ‘I Was Made for Loving You’, Australian favorite, ‘Shandi’ and many more!

Join KISS, this October, for what will undoubtedly be the biggest and best KISS show ever as they celebrate their LAST EVER AUSTRALIAN SHOW and THE FINAL CURTAIN!

With special guests Weezer, Regurgitator and The Delta Riggs!

Band performance images: Keith Leroux

To find out more about the incredible work undertaken and to donate directly to our fantastic partners please visit www.legacy.com.au and www.woundedheroes.org.au

About LEGACY

Legacy is an iconic Australian charity that has been supporting the families of veterans for 100 years. Today, Legacy supports 40,000 partners and children of veterans who gave their lives or health serving our country.

About WOUNDED HEROES

Wounded Heroes Australia is a National Charity providing 24/7 immediate financial support to Australian Defence Force personnel, Veterans and their families in crisis. This includes helping those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness around Australia. Wounded Heroes is working hard to prevent the heartbreakingly high rates of veteran suicide.

KISS The Final Curtain Accor Stadium
South Sydney Rabbitohs at Accor Stadium

Season and More on the Line for Rabbitohs V Roosters at Accor Stadium

By Matt Cleary

Once upon a time, so the story goes, a family of South Sydney Rabbitohs supporters owned a pet rabbit that they called ‘Ron Coote’.

The animal was named after the champion NSW, Australia and Rabbitohs lock and captain who won four premierships with South Sydney in a storied 208-game career.

Outside John Sattler and the Immortal player and coach Clive Churchill there was no more popular Rabbits man than the great Ron Coote.

Yet when he left Redfern at the end of 1971 to join arch-rivals Eastern Suburbs Roosters, the family wrote Coote a letter informing him that so disappointed were they with his transfer that they had cooked and eaten the rabbit.

It was one of the more cordial reactions.


Coote was cursed by Souths fans. And not just sworn at but actually cursed. A lady who identified as a gypsy declared that following Coote’s ‘betrayal’ of the Bunnies he would forever be blighted by bad luck.

Coote would go on to win two premierships with the Roosters, buy into a new restaurant franchise called “McDonald’s”, and co-found the Men of League (today the Family of League) Foundation.

And on Friday night, the Rabbitohs and Roosters will play for the Ron Coote Cup.

As ever, there is much more than just two premiership points to play for.

The neighbouring territories have long enmity about ‘stealing’ one another’s players. They argue today about who’s the ‘Silvertail’ and who the ‘Fibro’.

They half-joke that north-south running Coogee Bay Road is ‘The Gaza Strip’.

Alex Johnston (No.2) scored five tries in Souths’ 60-8 flogging of the Roosters in 2020. Picture: NRL.com

It is the game’s greatest and most intense rivalry.

And Friday night’s game promises to be as intense as any played in the 115 year history of matches between the Foundation Clubs from 1908.

Because on Friday night at Accor Stadium both clubs’ seasons are on the line.

The Roosters are in 10th position on the NRL ladder on 30 points. The Rabbitohs are in eighth position – also on 30 points.

With so much on the line fans can expect fierce defence on Friday night. Picture: South Sydney Rabbitohs

If the Roosters lose, they’re gone.

If the Rabbitohs lose, they’re gone.

And thus tickets are selling quickly with upwards of 35,000 fans expected in.

A crowd upwards of 35,000 fans is expected on Friday night at Accor Stadium. Picture: Accor Stadium.

On a sad note, pre-match both teams will observe a minute’s silence for much-loved Rabbitohs player No.1100 and 2014 premiership winner Kyle Turner.

It’s also Rabbitohs’ Old Boys Day, when the club’s past players form a guard of honour as the first grade side charges onto the field.

And then, post-match, when the gladiators have bled their last, the winning captain will be presented with the Ron Coote Cup.

And presenting it? None other than Ron Coote.

Doesn’t seem that curse worked.

Rabbitohs vs Roosters

Friday 01 September.

5:45pm    Gates Open

5:50pm    Kick Off: U18 – Botany Rams v Clovelly Crocs

8:00pm    Kick Off: NRL Telstra Premiership – Rabbitohs v Roosters

Top Tips:

Plan to arrive early at the Stadium, leaving plenty of time for the entry process and to find your seat.

Pre-purchase tickets online via Ticketek to beat any queues at the box office. Download and share your tickets with your group before arriving at the Stadium.

To ensure a smooth entry, please leave large bags at home.

Consider all your transport options and travel with your group.

All tickets to Rabbitohs home games at Accor Stadium include travel on Sydney Trains, Metro and Light Rail services. Visit transport.info for more information and to plan your trip.

Trains run regularly to Olympic Park station from Lidcombe every 10 minutes until late. Accor Stadium is a short walk from the station.

Remember – Accor Stadium is a cashless venue.

Matildas England

All You Need To Know For Australia v England Semi Final Match At Stadium Australia

A famous rivalry renewed. A spot on the world stage on the line. Australia v England. Matildas v Lionesses. FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Semi Final at Stadium Australia. Welcome to a moment in history.

After Saturday’s remarkable day of football which included one of the most dramatic penalty shootouts of all time and a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory, Stadium Australia has a blockbuster Semi Final in store . . . It will be Australia v England at Stadium Australia this Wednesday night!

All available tickets for the Australia v England match (Match 62) have been sold with a capacity crowd of more than 75,000 on the way.

With over 100,000 people expected in Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday night, fans are strongly encouraged to leave additional travel time and to arrive early in the precinct. Gates open at 6:00pm. All match tickets include travel to and from Olympic Park on public transport.

Top tips for Australia v England:

  • Plan your travel to Sydney Olympic Park – take advantage of the fact ALL TICKETS include travel to and from Stadium Australia (Olympic Park) on all forms of public transport, including Sydney Trains and Major Event Buses.
  • Arrive Early and allow additional time for the Stadium Entry Process – this will enable you to enjoy the big game atmosphere and make the most of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ event day experience;
  • Remember that Stadium Australia is a Cashless Venue.
  • Plan your match day using FIFA’s Digital Fan Guide, including how to get to the match, what you can (and can’t) bring into the stadium and everything else to help your matchday go #BeyondGreatness™
Tazuni’s Top Tips
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ mobile ticketing app guide

Top tips for ticket holders:

  • Download the Ticketing App! You can download the free FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ mobile ticketing app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store in order to access your ticket(s).
  • Find your tickets under the “MY TICKETS” section in the app.
  • Share your ticket with your guests as soon as possible to avoid delays at gates.

Top tips for traffic and transport:

  • Public transport is included in your match tickets. This includes; Sydney Trains, Public Buses, Rail Services, Ferries and Major Event Buses
  • If you have not pre-booked parking at Sydney Olympic Park, DO NOT DRIVE into the precinct. Parking is SOLD OUT.
  • Plan your trip in advance to avoid delays and plan to arrive to the Stadium early, allowing additional time for the Stadium entry process.

Top tips for entry:

  • Gates Open for Australia v England at 6:00pm – we advise getting here as early as possible to avoid queues with a capacity crowd expected.
  • If you need any assistance while at the Stadium, please see any of our friendly staff or volunteers.
  • Please review the prohibited items list and Stadium Code of Conduct before heading to the match.

Top tips for food and beverage:

  • Only small quantities of non-commercially produced/packaged food items for personal consumption can be brought into the stadium.
  • Any kind of liquid or beverages procured outside of the stadium are not permitted.
  • Stadium Australia is a cashless venue
  • As the Official Payment Services Partner of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, Visa payment products including debit, credit and mobile payments are preferred at all stadiums to pay for merchandise, food & beverage, and tickets. Cardholders will enjoy exclusive benefits when paying with Visa during the tournament.
  • For fans arriving without a Visa payment product or those that would like commemorative tournament memorabilia, the ability to purchase a FIFA-themed Visa prepaid product will be made available.

Where can you watch the game?

  • In person here at Stadium Australia if you were lucky enough to secure a ticket!
  • The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Semi Final tie between Australia and England is live and free on Channel 7, or on Optus Sport
  • There will be a number of live sites in Sydney including at CommBank Stadium, Allianz Stadium & at several large screens in Olympic Park
  • With a host of other football fans at the FIFA Fan Festival™ at Tumbalong Park: 11 Harbour St, Sydney -> Google Maps 

Enjoy the big game and C’MON TILLIES!

All the Event Day Information is available at:

https://accorstadium.com.au/event/2023/08/fifa-womens-world-cup-2023-semi-final/
Monster Jam 2023 at Accor Stadium

Full-Throttle Family Fun As Monster Jam Races Back to Sydney’s Accor Stadium Saturday 14 October

  • Monster Jam. As Big As It Gets!™ And it’s back at Accor Stadium on Saturday 14 October;
  • Tickets are on pre-sale from Tuesday 1 August with General Public tickets on sale from 10am Tuesday 15 August.

MONSTER JAM®, the world’s larger-than-life motorsport for the whole family, is coming back to Sydney’s Accor Stadium for one massive event on Saturday 14 October.

Experience full-throttle family fun at Monster Jam®, where world-class athletes and their 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt in wide-open competitions of speed and skill.

Witness massive stunts, big-air, backflips and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching many of your favourites like the legendary Grave Digger®, intimidating Max-D™, mighty Megalodon® and more, as they push the limits in Freestyle, Skills and Racing competitions.

Plus, see an exhilarating freestyle motocross (FMX) demonstration.

Monster Jam®. As Big As It Gets!™

Tickets are on pre-sale from Tuesday 1 August with General Public tickets on sale from 10am Tuesday 15 August.

Register as a Priority Guest for advance ticket access here

The fun will begin at the Monster Jam® Pit Party, where you can see the massive trucks up close, meet your favourite drivers and crews, get autographs and take pictures.

Plus, this fun-filled experience is the only place to get an insider’s look at how these 12,000-pound trucks are built to stand up to the competition. The Monster Jam® Pit Party—there’s nothing like it. [UPDATE: Monster Jam® Pit Party is fully booked.]

Follow the Accor Stadium social media platforms for all the updates to Monster Jam® 2023 in Sydney!

Monster Jam 2023
Monster Jam, Accor Stadium 2022

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NRL Grand Final at Accor Stadium

2023 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals Locked In For Sydney’s Accor Stadium Sunday 1 October

  • The 2023 NRL and NRLW Telstra Premiership Grand Finals will be played at Accor Stadium on Sunday 1 October.
  • Tickets go on sale from Wednesday 2 August to NRL Club Members and NRL Account Holders, and to the General Public from 11am Thursday 3 August.
  • Accor Stadium Members will get access to the Grand Finals as part of their 2023 Accor Stadium Membership. Members will be notified of booking details in coming days.
  • Want to see the Grand Finals in style? Enquire about Premium Experience opportunities here.

NSW Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham, Minister for Sport Steve Kamper, Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’landys AM and NRL CEO Andrew Abdo have announced the 2023 NRL and NRLW Telstra Premiership Grand Finals will be played at Accor Stadium on Sunday 1 October.

The ARLC and NSW Government have struck a one-year deal for this year’s Grand Finals, with continuing discussions to take place for matches beyond 2023.

Mr V’landys said it was important to give fans certainty.

“We have worked closely with the NSW Government to reach an agreement for the 2023 Grand Final,” Mr V’landys said.

“We are respectful of the new Labor Government’s priorities at the moment and their focus on the State budget, which is why we have agreed a short-term deal which gives all stakeholders certainty about this year’s Grand Final, and provides all parties the time required to continue discussions about a long-term partnership,” he said.

“I’d like to thank Premier Chris Minns and Ministers Steve Kamper and John Graham who have taken a pragmatic approach to reaching an agreement for this year’s Grand Final. We have a great partnership with the NSW Government and we are grateful for their support of rugby league.”

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said tickets for the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals would go on sale on August 2.

“The NRL and NRLW Grand Finals represent the pinnacle of the best rugby league competitions in the world,” Mr Abdo said.

“This year’s NRL Premiership has been the closest in decades, delivering the fans the best sports entertainment experience in Australia. The closeness of the competition and unpredictability of results, along with four new teams in an expanded NRLW competition, has given fans of all Clubs an opportunity to see their team on Grand Final day.

“In addition to the Grand Finals at Accor Stadium, we will also have a Fan Festival in Sydney, which will be a great celebration of Rugby League and an opportunity for fans to show their colours and celebrate their team.

2023 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals

“We want to thank the NSW Government for again supporting the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals and working in partnership to deliver a week-long celebration of Rugby League in Sydney.”

NSW Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said: “We all love a Grand Final, but this event has become so much more, making a big social and economic contribution to the State.

“This event attracts thousands of fans from interstate and overseas who also visit Sydney’s many attractions, enjoy shows and arts, eat and drink in our world-class restaurants, supporting jobs in the visitor economy.”

NSW Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said: “Sydney is the nation’s birthplace of rugby league and the heart of its passionate fans, so it is fantastic the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals are remaining in their homeplace once again.

“Rugby league fans will flock to Sydney and Accor Stadium will be abuzz with a capacity crowd on Grand Final day.”

The NRL and NRLW Telstra Premiership Grand Finals are proudly supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW.

NRL & NRWL Grand Final Accor Stadium

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