Allianz: Our stadium of blood, sweat and cheers
Allianz: Our stadium of blood, sweat and cheers
It stood as a $68 million jewel in Sydney’s sporting crown. Since opening in 1988, the Sydney Football Stadium has become an iconic part of our great city.
But the stadium’s sporting tradition can be traced back to a distant past, with its footprint swallowing up the Sydney Sports Ground and SCG No.2.
The links with the Roosters can be rewound to 1911, when Herbert ‘Dally’ Messenger was the best player in rugby league. It was the remarkable Dally who kicked five goals when Eastern Suburbs defeated North Sydney 22-9 in their first game at the Sydney Sports Ground all those years ago.
They played their last game at the old Sports Ground in 1986, again against the Bears of North Sydney, winning 21-14. Across those 75 years, the Tri-Colours created records that still stand. In 1936 and ’37 they went undefeated across two seasons – the only team to achieve that feat.
In their 100th game at the Sports Ground, the rampant Roosters crushed the Bulldogs 87-7. Dave Brown, ‘The Bradman of League’ scored five tries and 15 goals for a person tally of 45 points.
The Sports Ground was first used as a speedway track in 1907. Solo and sidecar motorbikes and speed cars raced at the venue until the 1950s. The Legendary Jack Brabham even cut his teeth on the quarter-mile track.
Since January 24, 1988, when the Sydney Football Stadium was officially opened, the tradition of big events and sporting history has continued.
The 2000 Olympics came to Moore Park, with the women’s gold medal football match at the venue.
In 2006, Anthony Mundine and Danny Green fought in front of 30,000 people in what was the biggest grossing fight between two Australian boxers.
Football royalty Diego Maradona and Alessandro Del Piero have graced our turf. Superstars Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2 have rocked the house.
The Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC have all brought championships to Allianz Stadium.
The Kangaroos, Wallabies and Socceroos have all flown the national flag with pride.
The vision to give Sydney a purpose-built rectangular stadium in the city’s greatest sporting precinct has been realised. It was a gift to the city paid in part by SCG members.
The sporting roots at Moore Park, and the Football Stadium, are as deep and strong as the old fig trees that stand outside.
They have seen Dally Messenger, Dave Brown, Artie Beetson and Freddie Fittler. They have seen Origin heartbreak and Aussie triumphs. They have seen George Gregan become a Bledisloe legend and Peter FitzSimons go toe-to-toe with the French. They have seen Dwight Yorke lead a football revolution and Del Piero steal our heart.
The old Sports Ground became the Sydney Football Stadium then Allianz Stadium and soon to be Allianz Stadium Mark II.
Our winter wonderland.
January 24: Two days before Australia’s Bicentennial celebrations, Sydney’s brand new football stadium is opened in spectacular fashion, giving the city’s winter codes a sparkling showpiece.
March 4: The new rugby league era kicks off with St George and Eastern Suburbs launching the Sydney Football Stadium. The Dragons win 24-14 in front of 19,259 fans and their winger Brian Johnston is
the first tryscorer.
May 17: State of Origin comes to the Sydney Football Stadium with Queensland crashing NSW’s party in a 26-18 win. Allan Langer scores twice and is named man of the match. The Maroons go on to win the series 3-0.
June 11: Wally Lewis leads the Kangaroos in the first Test match at the Sydney Football Stadium as Australia take on a Great Britain team led by Ellery Hanley. It was the 100 th Test between the two old rivals.
The Australians win 17-6, scoring all of their points in the second half.
July 14: The giants of world football, Brazil and Argentina, headline the Bicentennial Gold Cup in Australia. In
one of the Socceroos’ greatest triumphs, they defeat Argentina 4-1 to make the final. Paul Wade, Charlie Yankos (twice) and Vlado Bozinovski all score for the host nation.
July 17: Brazil’s Romario and Muller score as the samba beat rocks Sydney in the final of the Bicentennial Gold Cup. Despite going down in the final, this tournament is a watershed moment for Australian football.
September 11: One of the most dramatic incidents in modern rugby league grand finals when Bulldogs legend Terry Lamb knocks prized Balmain recruit Ellery Hanley out of the match inside 30 minutes. The Bulldogs win 24-12, Steve Mortimer plays his final game and prop Paul Dunn wins the Clive Churchill medal.
December 6, 8, 12: World famous opera ‘AIDA’ takes centre stage, setting the tradition for major international
performances at Moore Park.
June 14: Queensland captain Wally Lewis scores an amazing try and produces the best performance of his State of Origin career. Lewis pounces on a loose ball and beats Laurie Daley and Garry Jack in a 40m run to the line. The Maroons win 16-12 despite losing Allan Langer (broken leg), Mal Meninga (fractured eye socket) and Paul Vautin (elbow) before halftime. Michael Hancock leaves the field in
the second half and Bob Lindner plays on with a fractured ankle.
July 1: The Wallabies play the first rugby Test at the Sydney Football Stadium against the British and Irish Lions, defeating the Lions 30-12. A crowd of 39,433 turn out as the Lions play in Australia for the first time since 1971.
July 15: After winning the second Test 19-12 in the ‘Battle of Ballymore’, the Lions return to Sydney looking to win the series. In a thrilling match remembered for Wallabies great David Campese’s in-goal blunder presenting a try to Ieuan Evans, the tourists win 19-18 to make history.
September 24: In one of the greatest of all rugby league grand finals, Balmain, chasing their first title since 1969, face a Canberra team of rising champions. Balmain lead 12-2 at halftime. But the cut and thrust of the second half, with John ‘Chicka’ Ferguson scoring with 90 seconds left to force extra time, is breathtaking. Ultimately, Raiders replacement prop Steve Jackson scores a remarkable 40m try, beating several defenders in a slalom run to the line, to deliver Canberra their first premiership.
May 9: Benny Elias produces a stirring performance as he skippers NSW to an 8-0 victory over Queensland, breaking an eight-game Origin losing streak. Centre Mark McGaw scores the only try of the game.
June 9: Wallaby forward Peter FitzSimons is in the firing line as Australia and France engage in a brutal Test series. Five-eighth Michael Lynagh stars in a 21-9 Australian victory in the opening Test.
June 24: It’s a dead rubber, with Australia having already wrapped up the series, but France again come out swinging – literally – to defeat Australia 28-19. This Test is significant as David Campese wins his 50th Test cap and Michael Lynagh brings up his 500 th international point.
September 23: The Canberra Green Machine makes it back-to- back premierships with an 18-4 victory over Penrith. Ricky Stuart masterfully controls the contest to win the Clive Churchill Medal.
May 29: In torrential rain, Michael O’Connor kicks the greatest pressure goal in Origin history to give NSW a 14-12 victory in game two. Mark McGaw slides over in the western corner to level the scores at 12-all. Navigating puddles on the touchline and water-logged leather ball, O’Connor curls the ball between the posts. However, the enduring memory of this match is the flashpoint between NSW
forward Mark Geyer and Queensland captain Wally Lewis at halftime.
June 1: There’s nothing like an Australia-England rival to stir the blood of an Australian sporting fan. Gary Lineker leads England’s football team Down Under for an international against the Socceroos. The Old Enemy win 1-0 in front of more than 35,000 fans.
July 27: England arrive in Sydney for a one-off rugby Test, with the Wallabies producing a stunning 40-15 victory. Willie Ofahengaue scores two tries as Australia makes a significant statement.
August 10: The Wallabies score a resounding 21-12 win against the mighty All Blacks. Rob Egerton is brilliant as his kick-chase torments giant Kiwi winger John Kirwan. This performance confirms Australia’s optimism for the upcoming World Cup.
September 7: Workhorse forward Gary Coyne is the improbable semi-final game-breaker, scoring four tries for Canberra in a 34-26 victory over Manly.
September 22: Penrith stalwart Royce Simmons is the fairytale hero of the Penrith Panthers’ maiden grand final
victory. Simmons retires with two tries in a 19-12 win against the Canberra Raiders. To put his exploits into perspective, Simmons only scored 15 tries in 238 first-grade games for the club.
May 6: A heroic Benny Elias, his mum wiping blood from his face as he conducts sideline interviews after a man-of- the-match performance, is the emotional image of the Blues’ 14-6 win. This is also Phil Gould’s first series as NSW coach.
June 12: Mal Meninga scores twice as the Kangaroos defeat Great Britain 22-6. Proving that Test match rugby league is still popular, 40,141 attend the match. It’s the first plus-40,000 crowd for a rugby league Test in Australia since 1977.
June 13: The Wallabies return to the Sydney Football Stadium for the first time as World Cup champions. Michael Lynagh and John Eales are prominent in a 27-12 win against Scotland, extending the nation’s Test winning streak to eight.
June 3: Ricky Stuart, man of the match, and Tim Brasher, in his first Origin series, star as the Blues win the game-three decider 16-4.
July 4: All Blacks centre Frank Bunce finishes off one of the greatest tries scored at Sydney Football Stadium. The movement covers close to 100m and features nine passes. However, Australia win 16-15 in a brilliant match.
September 12,20: The St George Dragons play two of the lowest scoring semi-finals in rugby league history to qualify for the grand final. First, they defeat Newcastle 3-2 in a tryless game decided by a Peter Coyne field goal. Then they defeat Illawarra 4-0 through a Ricky Walford try.
September 27: Steve Renouf scores a 100m try to ice the Brisbane Broncos’ first premiership, just outlasting Ricky Walford in a thrilling chase. Wayne Bennett’s Broncos defeat the Dragons 28-8 in front of 41,560 fans.
May 17: The Blues wrap up their second straight series under Phil Gould, winning game two 16-12. A parochial crowd of 41,895 urge on NSW as they dig deep to keep Queensland at bay. Tim Brasher is
man of the match.
July 31: Francois Pienaar leads the South African Springboks back to Australia for the first time since 1971. The new South Africa defeats the Wallabies 19-12 in their return to Sydney.
August 15: After losing the first leg of the first phase of World Cup qualifying 2-1 away to Canada, Australia bravely fight back to win 2-1 in Sydney and force a penalty shoot-out. Enter Mark Schwarzer, who is brilliant as the Socceroos advance to the final qualifying phase against Argentina.
September 26: It’s Simply the Best as Tina Turner rocks the rugby league grand final. Brisbane Broncos double up with a 14-6 victory over St George in front of 42,329 fans.
October 31: Diego Maradona spearheads an Argentina team that takes on Australia in the final round of World Cup qualification. Playing in front of a record crowd of 43,967, the Socceroos are from intimidated securing a 1-1 draw, Aurelio Vidmar cancelling out Abel Balbo’s opener. Australia lose the return leg
1-0 in Buenos Aires.
November 26-27: U2 lights up the stadium with their spectacular ‘Zoo TV’ concert tour.
May 23: It is the Origin try that breaks the hearts of 41,859 Blues fans. NSW lead 12-10 entering the final play of the game. Queensland fling the ball all the way to the western touchline before sending it back to the eastern side. The play, which covers 60m and goes through nine pairs of hands, finishes with Mark Coyne plunging over. Queensland win 16-12.
August 6: It’s the night it rains tries, with the Wallabies crossing for 11 in a 73-3 dissection of Samoa. Coach Bob Dwyer describes the performance as ‘unbelievable’.
August 17: Wallabies halfback George Gregan writes his name into Bledisloe Cup history with a game-saving tackle on flying All Blacks winger Jeff Wilson. Gregan comes from the clouds to not only stop Wilson in the shadow of the corner post, but knock the ball loose as he appears certain to score. Australia win 20-16.
September 25: Mal Meninga plays his final game for the Canberra Raiders, his final act lifting the Provan-Summons Trophy as premiership skipper. Paul Osborne is an unlikely hero in the Raiders’ 38-12 win against the Bulldogs.
February 15: Frank Farina is named captain in his final appearance for the Socceroos, a 2-1 win against Ghana. Tony Vidmar and Graham Arnold score the Australian goals.
May 15: A Paul Vautin-coached Queensland, minus their Super League players, win the first tryless Origin
game 2-0. Gary Larson is man of the match, his work ethic and commitment underpinning an against-the- odds victory.
July 29: A 20-year- old wrecking ball announces himself to Australian rugby fans in a 34-23 All Blacks victory. Jonah Lomu is irrepressible, unstoppable and unbelievable as he scores one try and sets up several others.
24 September: Manly enter the grand final as the hottest of favourites against a Bulldogs team that finish the regular season in sixth position. Yet, the Bulldogs play with grit and defensive resolve to seal one of the great grand final upsets in a 17-4 win.
March 1: A new professional era of rugby kicks off with NSW Waratahs defeating Transvaal 32-11 in week one of the Super 12 season. Matthew Burke, a double, Tim Gavin and Alistair Murdoch all score tries for NSW.
April 25: Sydney Roosters out arch-rivals South Sydney to the sword, winning by a record margin against the Rabbitohs. The 62-0 victory is a high point for the Roosters, but a low point for the Rabbitohs.
September 29: The mighty St George Dragons, the club that won 11 straight premierships at the SCG, play their last
grand final as a stand-alone club. However, Manly are the dominant team all season and win 20-8. Captain Geoff Toovey wins the Clive Churchill Medal.
April 6: Matthew Burke scores three tries, kicks 3 conversions and four penalties for a total of 33 points in the Waratahs’ 43-29 victory over Northern Transvaal.
June 25: A scrum erupts in the final Origin game, a dead rubber. Andrew Johns, playing hooker, sneaks around to continue fighting Queensland counterpart Jamie Goddard. The Queenslander drops the
Immortal-in-waiting with a right cross and both are sin-binned.
September 28: It could be the moment a kid from Cessnock became an Immortal. In the dying seconds of the rugby league grand final between Manly and Newcastle, and the scores locked at 16-all, Knights halfback Andrew Johns took off down a narrow blindside and turned the ball back inside for winger Darren Albert to score. Cue the bedlam. Newcastle go crazy. One of the greatest grand final moments is
December 19: Representatives of Australian Rugby League clubs gather at the stadium to decide whether to accept
News Limited’s offer of a settlement with the breakaway ‘Super League’. Clubs vote 36-4 in favour of peace.
May 22: Queensland five-eighth Kevin Walters conjures another Queensland Origin miracle. Trailing 23-18 and deep in their own territory, Walters kicked for outside supports. NSW’s defence fails to recover and Tonie Carroll crosses several tackles later. Darren Lockyer’s conversion gives Queensland a 24-23 triumph.
August 29: Wallabies fullback Matthew Burke dislocates his shoulder scoring the winning try in a 19-14 victory over the All Blacks. Australia would go on to sweep the Kiwis 3-0 for the first time since 1929.
September 27: The Brisbane Broncos score seven tries to win the ‘unified’ grand final 38-12 against Canterbury. Gorden Tallis wins the Clive Churchill Medal.
September 12, 18: Melbourne Storm, in their second year as a club, defeat the Bulldogs (24-22) and Parramatta (18-16)
in successive semi-finals. They would go on to win their maiden premiership against St George Illawarra.
The new millennium and beyond
The new millennium and beyond
March 9-10: Barbra Streisand performs two ‘Timeless’ concerts at the SFS.
August 19: A thrilling finals match featuring two of the finest playmakers of their generation in Brad Fittler
(Sydney Roosters) and Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights). Johns leads Newcastle to a 16-2 halftime lead, but Fittler leads a resurgence as the Roosters win 26-20.
September 16-28: The Olympics come to the stadium - 226,519 patrons attend 10 games in the football competition across seven competition days. The stadium hosted the men’s bronze medal match (Chile defeating USA 2-0), and the women’s bronze (Germany defeated Brazil 2-0) and gold medal matches (Norway
defeated USA 3-2).
June 23: It is a low point for rugby as NSW Waratahs fullback Duncan McRae is sent from the field for a rain of punches on British and Irish Lions player Ronan O’Gara. The Lions win 41-14, but the match is remembered as an unsavoury moment of madness. A record crowd for a NSW provincial rugby union match is set at the Sydney Football Stadium as 40,128 attend the game.
February 16: South Sydney return to the rugby league big time after a two-year exile. The Rabbitohs draw with St George Illawarra 20-all in front of a huge pre-season crowd of 36,804.
April 25: The Sydney Roosters begin their Anzac Day tradition against St George Illawarra, winning the first instalment 24-20 in front of 20,588 fans. The match is played at 7.30pm.
April 27: The Waratahs secure their first Super rugby semi-final appearance, Matthew Burke brings up his 1000th point for the state and the 1 millionth fan passes through the turnstiles in a 19-13 win against the Highlanders.
May 18: The first Super Rugby semi-final on Waratahs’ home turf ends on a sour note with the Brumbies winning 51-10 to end NSW’s campaign.
July 12: Australia crush Great Britain 64-10 in the rugby league Test. The Kangaroos score 11 tries and Andrew Johns kicks 10 goals from 11 attempts.
September 28: Allan Langer plays his final game for the Broncos, a losing effort as the Sydney Roosters book their grand final ticket with an 18-12 victory.
May 10: Waratahs prop Matt Dunning hits the sweetest 32m drop goal you would ever see. The only problem is he means to kick the ball away so NSW could chase a try and bonus point victory against the
Chiefs. The Waratahs win 25-14, but miss out on the bonus point and the Brumbies take the finals berth.
July 25: Australia assert their rugby league ascendancy, crushing New Zealand 48-6. Shane Webcke is man of the match in a ruthless Kangaroos display.
September 27: A crowd of 41,123 turn up for the preliminary final between iconic Sydney clubs, the Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters. The Tri-Colours win 28-18 to advance to a second straight grand final.
December 13, 14: Robbie Williams creates a ground attendance record, with nearly 100,000 people attending his two weekend concerts.
February 21: Dual international Mat Rogers scores 28 points in a 43-19 Super rugby victory over the Crusaders.
February 4: The SCG Trust holds the ‘Edinburgh Military Tattoo - A Salute to Australia’. It is the first time that the ‘official’ Edinburgh Military Tattoo has performed in Australia.
March 11: Waratahs winger breaks his team’s pointscoring record with a 34-point haul against the Bulls, coming from three tries, two conversions and five penalties.
August 28: A record crowd of 25,208 fans cheer on Sydney FC as the A-League enters the Australian sporting landscape. The Sky Blues make their debut in a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory, marquee man Dwight Yorke scoring for the home team. After 20 minutes of the match, the gates are opened to allow the remaining 1600 fans in for free. This is only the second time the Trust has opened the
gates to an event (the first was the World Series Cricket at the SCG in 1978).
24 September: Benji Marshall scores the opening try from a scrum play as Wests Tigers see off St George Illawarra 20-12 in the preliminary final en route to an emotional premiership for the joint venture club.
March 5: Sydney FC defeat Central Coast Mariners 1-0 to win the inaugural A-League grand final before 41,689
fans. Midfielder Steve Corica scores the winning goal and captain Dwight Yorke raises the A-League
trophy in triumph.
March 24: Stalwart halfback Chris Whitaker brings up his 100th Super rugby cap for the Waratahs – and he does it in style as NSW hammer the Blues 43-9.
April 25: Anzac Day rugby league delivers arguably the game of the season in front of 32,270 fans. The Dragons are trailing the Roosters 24-20 with three minutes left when halfback Mat Head chips ahead
and find Matt Cooper for a try near the western touchline. Head then steps forward to land conversion for a 26-24 Dragons victory.
May 17: In the first boxing bout at the stadium, Anthony Mundine unanimously outpoints Danny Green in the WBA super middleweight title eliminator before more than 30,000 fans. It is the biggest grossing boxing match in Australian boxing history.
November 25: A runaway try by Kangaroos skipper Darren Lockyer in the second period of extra time hands Australia a 16-12 victory over New Zealand in a thrilling Tri-Nations final.
December 9, 10: Robbie Williams returns for two concerts as part of his world tour. Over 50,000 fans pack the stadium on each night, with tickets selling out within minutes.
July 7: The first Live Earth concert is held at the stadium as part of a seven-continent, 24-hour series of concerts, finishing in the US. The momentous musical event brings together more than two billion people to rally against climate change.
February 24: Newcastle Jets defeats Central Coast Mariners 1-0 in the F3 A-League grand final. Jets striker Mark
Bridge scores the winner in the 64th minute. The game ends in controversy after a Central Coast corner appears to hit Jets player James Holland on the right arm. Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is sent off for striking the arm of referee Mark Shields as he tries to protest the non-call.
May 24: Warhorse flanker Phil Waugh brings up his 100-game milestone for NSW in the Super rugby semi-final against the Sharks. NSW win 28-13 to reach the final.
October 26: Israel Folau scores twice for the Kangaroos as they defeat New Zealand 30-6 in a World Cup match.
March 6: The Waratahs register their 100th victory over their oldest rivals Queensland with a 15-11 win at their
March 15: The Gladiator and South Sydney owner Russell Crowe, perched high in the corporate box, gives the
thumbs down signal as the Rabbitohs, courtesy of a Nathan Merritt hat-trick, down the Roosters 52-12 in round one.
April 25: Dragons playmaker Jamie Soward delivers his own 21-point salute in an Anzac Day shut-out against the Roosters. Soward scores two tries, six goals and a field goal in a 29-0 win.
October 10: A crowd of 40,000 turn out for a showpiece international between the Socceroos and European powerhouses The Netherlands. The match finishes 0-0.
November 22: Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, Relentless7 and Liam Finn have the stadium rocking in a huge concert.
February 4: The SCG Trust hosts the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - Celebrating 60 years of Mateship, Valour and
February 26: English pop sensation George Michael performs in front of over 40,000 fans.
March 12: Drew Mitchell scores four tries and Berrick Barnes kicks nine conversions as the Waratahs dismantle the Lions 73-12.
September 11: Wests Tigers lead the Sydney Roosters 15-2 at halftime of their semi-final, setting the scene for one
of the Bondi club’s greatest victories. After fighting back, Roosters skipper Braith Anasta scrambles a brilliant field goal to force golden point. After 100 minutes of football, Shaun Kenny-Dowall takes an intercept and scores the winning try.
December 17, 18,19: Rock legends, Bon Jovi, are the first band to play three sell-out concerts at the stadium. Bon Jovi play
to more than 100,000 fans over three nights.
September 10: Manly score 42 unanswered points in the second half of their semi-final against the Cowboys. Will
Hopoate and Brett Stewart score try doubles in the 42-8 win.
September 16: Krisnan Inu finds a miracle lifeline for the Warriors, scoring in the final two minutes to win a semi-
final 22-20. The Tiger lose from a seemingly impossible position.
December 2, 4: The Eminem Recovery Tour lights up the stadium with special guest Lil' Wayne.
December 8: Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters arrive for the Wasting Light World Tour.
April 25: The crowd tops 40,000 as the Roosters and Dragons turn on another Anzac Day epic. Trailing by eight points with five minutes left, Matt Prior scores. Then, in the final minute, Michael Weyman offloads for Ben Creagh to score the winner for St George Illawarra.
July 16: It's the mother of all paybacks. After the Roosters inflicted a miracle defeat on Souths in round one, the Rabbitohs score two tries in the final three minutes – including the final try from the kick-off to Adam Reynolds – to score a 24-22 win against their most bitter rivals.
June 23: A stadium record rugby union Test crowd of 42,889 watch the Wallabies score a nail-biting 20-19 win against Wales to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.
October 13: Football royalty arrives at Sydney FC in the shape of Italian wizard Alessandro Del Piero. A non-finals football record crowd of 35,419 fans pack the stands to see his home debut against the Newcastle Jets. Del Piero scores from a stunning free kick in a 3-2 Sydney defeat.
November 17, 18: Chris Martin and Coldplay send Sydney into raptures with their two shows, the stadium embracing
the world’s biggest rock band.
December 15: The first A-League Sydney derby at the stadium ends in a 2-0 victory to the Wanderers. Youssouf Hersi and Michael Beauchamp score the goals.
January 19: Alessandro Del Piero scores four goals in Sydney FC’s 7-1 victory over Wellington Phoenix.
April 1: Roger Tuivasa-Scheck has a day out, scoring three tries in the Roosters’ 50-0 victory over Parramatta.
September 14: The Roosters hold off Manly 4-0, with Roger Tuivasa-Scheck scoring the only points of a brilliant finals
December 4: Taylor Swift, one of the biggest pop stars in the world, brings her Red Tour to the stadium.
February 22: The Sydney Roosters convert their 2013 NRL premiership into a world championship, defeating Wigan 36-14. Michael Jennings scores a hat-trick.
February 23: Israel Folau scores three tries for the Waratahs in a 43-21 win against the Western Force, which set
them on course for their championship season.
July 26: A raucous crowd of 38,800 watch the Waratahs put the Brumbies to the sword in the semi-final, booking a place in the final against the Crusaders. They would go on to win the final 33-32.
September 4: The Sydney Roosters hold off a fast-finishing Rabbitohs team 22-18 to win the minor premiership in front of 32,481 fans.
September 13: One of the Roosters’ most popular players, Anthony Minichiello, plays his 300th game for the club in
the semi-final against Penrith. A Jamie Soward field goal gives the Panthers a 19-18 win.
May 9: A rampant Sydney FC, with Alex Brosque scoring a brace, qualify for the grand final with a 4-1 victory
over Adelaide United.
April 25: A hail storm interrupts the annual Anzac Day blockbuster between the Roosters and St George Illawarra. The Dragons handle the conditions better to win 14-12, but the real heroes were the fans who weathered the storm.
June 13: Veteran prop Benn Robinson brings up his 150th cap for the Waratahs. To make it sweeter, it came up in a 31-5 victory over arch-rivals Queensland.
October 24: Milos Ninkovic scores the only goal as Sydney FC win the Sydney derby on front of 40,539 fans.
December 9: Ed Sheeran, with guest Elton John, perform one of the most popular shows staged at the stadium.
Not even a storm can dampen the spirits of the thousands treated to something special.
February 6, 7: The Sydney Sevens become an instant hit on the Sydney sporting calendar. Both days of the
tournament are sold out and fans get into the carnival atmosphere. Australia are edged out by New Zealand in the final minutes of a brilliant final.
April 25: Another Anzac Day, another blockbuster. St George Illawarra hang on to win 20-18 after leading 18-0 at halftime. A rousing Roosters comeback falls just short.
December 13, 14: The always popular Coldplay return to Sydney and the stadium for ‘A Head Full of Dreams Tour’.
May 7: Milos Ninkovic, Johnny Warren medallist as the best player in the competition, delivers Sydney FC grand final success with the final spot kick in the penalty shoot-out against Melbourne Victory.
April 25: Mitchell Pearce is the golden point hero in yet another Anzac Day thriller played out in front of 40,864 fans. The Roosters trump the Dragons 13-12.
August 26: NCAA American football comes to Sydney with the Rice University Owls and Stanford University kicking off their season at the stadium.
September 10: North Queensland Cowboys launch their fairytale run through the rugby league finals by defeating the defending premiers, Cronulla, 15-14 in extra time.
THINGS TO DO
Take a guided behind-the-scenes walking tour through the historic grounds
- 90 minute guided walking tour
- Explore the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, and the SCG Museum
- Visit the historic Members and Ladies pavilions
- Sit in the very same dressing rooms used by the Test match cricket teams