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The Stadium

Accor Stadium is home to Australia’s biggest sporting events – and our world-class function facilities are equally as impressive. Just as the thrill of the contest captivates sports fans, the grandeur of Accor Stadium’s function facilities will inspire your guests.

About the Stadium

Our History

Purpose-built as the main Stadium and centrepiece for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Accor Stadium was the jewel in a major urban renewal project unveiled in what is now known as Sydney Olympic Park.

It’s now more than 20 years since Accor Stadium hosted the 2000 Sydney Olympic & Paralympic Games, described by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch as the “best ever” Games. The Stadium has been the home of major events in NSW ever since.

Today, Accor Stadium stands as an icon of the new millennium and an enduring symbol of Sydney’s coming of age as a global city. The 2000 Olympic Games were transformational for Sydney, and Accor Stadium is the primary bearer of the legacy.

As a grand stage for Sydney’s major sports and entertainment calendar, the Stadium has attracted world and Australian record attendances for rugby league, rugby union, AFL, football and entertainment events since opening on 6 March 1999.

Unforgettable moments staged at the Stadium have become part of Australia’s sport and entertainment folklore – Cathy Freeman’s dash that unified the nation, the John Aloisi penalty shootout heart-stopper that broke the Socceroos’ 32-year World Cup hoodoo, the exhilaration and despair of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, the Rabbitohs winning their first NRL title in 43 years, and so many legends created in the heat of battle in Grand Finals, State of Origin showdowns, Bledisloe Cup Test matches and Football blockbusters.

International sporting superstars including David Beckham, Alessandro Del Piero, Ryan Giggs and Jonny Wilkinson have graced the hallowed turf at major events, including the Rugby World Cup, British and Irish Lions Test, and visits by Football super clubs Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus.

Accor Stadium has also been Sydney’s first-choice venue for some of the world’s biggest entertainment acts including AC/DC, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Queen & Adam Lambert, and Eminem.

Accor Stadium has become part of the social fabric of NSW and plays a significant role in the community

In February 2020, a Fire Fight Australia concert ran for 10 hours, featured 23 acts, attracted 75,000 fans at the Stadium and a TV audience of millions as $10.7 million was raised for the national bushfire appeals.

During the COVID public health crisis of 2020, the VenuesLive Catering team utilised the Stadium’s large commercial kitchens to produce tens of thousands of meals for isolated international travellers at Sydney hotels.

The success of Accor Stadium in its years of operation has helped Sydney emphatically establish its status as a major event city. The Stadium brings people together, creating social inclusion and a sense of connection throughout Greater Sydney.

The general public has enjoyed great event experiences in a world-class venue while the State of NSW, sporting codes and clubs, and promoters, have reaped significant commercial dividends.

Originally built to host more than 110,000 spectators, a reconfiguration of the Stadium in 2003 reduced capacity to 83,500 but also gave the Stadium the ability to host six professional sporting codes – Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football, AFL, American Football and Cricket.

Accor Stadium has welcomed almost 31 million spectators through the turnstiles to share in the passion, excitement and drama of some of Australia’s greatest events and most iconic sporting moments.

Charity and Community

Accor Stadium is committed to supporting the health and well-being of all Australians. As a key player in Australia’s major events calendar, we understand and embraces the opportunity we have to make a positive difference in the community.

To this end, we are proud to support a number of official charities and community events that share our vision for a fit, healthy and socially-inclusive Australia.

Accor Stadium also considers one-off requests for support from other charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Through these donations, we seek to help communities linked to the Stadium by locality, shared values and common goals.

Accor Stadium is proud to support its official charity partners who make the greatest things happen for young Australians and their families each day.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the largest paediatric centre in NSW, is world-renowned for its high quality, specialised treatment of sick children.

Part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, it provides specialist care for children from around Australia and across the Pacific Rim as well as community education, advocacy for improved child health and ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses, all in a positive, caring and healing environment.

Event Partners