Sport is huge in Australia, with cricket, rugby union, rugby league, Australia rules football, and soccer being some of the most popular. With so many people wanting to see the top professionals in action, several fantastic stadiums have been built across the country for fans to watch their sporting idols. Read on as we bring you the 6 most popular sport stadiums to visit in Australia.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
We begin with the biggest stadium in Australia, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This stadium is not only the biggest in the country but one of the oldest having first opened back in 1853. There have been many changes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground since the early days and it now has a capacity of just over 100,000 people.
The record attendance in the stadium is 143,000 and that was set in March 1959 by Billy Graham. The record attendance for a sporting event was set in September 1970 for the VFL Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood which was watched by over 121,000 fans. As the name of the stadium suggests, cricket is the main sport played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the first match was played at the venue in September 1854. Don Bradman holds the record for most runs scored at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between 1928 and 1948.
We move from one of the oldest sports stadiums in Australia to one of the newest and Stadium Australia opened in 1999. It is situated in the Sydney Olympic Park and was constructed to host the 2000 Summer Olympics.
The original stadium could hold 115,000 spectators, making it the second biggest stadium in Australia after the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Following the Olympic Games, the capacity was reduced to 82,500 people and Stadium Australia is now a multi-purpose venue. It is used for rugby league, rugby union, cricket, and soccer.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup final is one of the most recent major events to be staged at what is one of the most popular stadiums to visit in Australia. Although the Australian Women’s team were unable to win the competition on home soil, there was a huge increase in betting activity around the women’s team. With many low deposit betting sites now available in Australia, punters were backing the team for just a few dollars.
Perth Stadium is currently known as the Optus Stadium for sponsorship reasons and was officially opened in January 2018, making it one of the most modern sports stadiums in Australia.
Optus Stadium is used mostly for Australian rules football and cricket, with both the Fremantle Football Club and the West Coast Eagles calling the stadium their home. Optus Stadium has a total capacity of over 61,000 people and that makes it the third largest stadium in Australia. There is both a purpose built railway station and bus station at the Optus Stadium, making it easy for people to travel to the arena.
The Adelaide Oval, alongside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is one of the oldest sports stadiums in Australia having opened in 1871. The current capacity of the Adelaide Oval is 53,500 people but the record attendance stands at 70,000. The Adelaide Oval has been used for a variety of sports and that is what makes it one of the most popular stadiums in Australia.
The stadium has been used for cricket, Australia rules football, rugby league, soccer, cycling, rugby union, baseball, tennis, hockey, and American football.
The Docklands Stadium has received a lot of attention recently due to the naming rights of the arena, which means it is officially known as the Marvel Stadium for sponsorship reasons.
The Marvel Stadium has become popular in Australia, not only because of the sports being played at the venue but also because there is an official Marvel store at the stadium. Opened in March 2000, the Marvel Stadium has a capacity of 53,647 people and is used mostly for Australian rules football but also cricket, soccer, rugby league, and rugby union.
Lang Park is situated in Brisbane and is mostly used for rugby league, rugby union, and soccer. Opened in 1914, Lang Park is home to several popular sports teams in the region, including the Brisbane Broncos, the Dolphins, Queensland Maroons, Queensland Reds, and Brisbane Roar. Lang Park is one of the most popular stadiums in Australia for rugby league fans and it has twice staged the Rugby League World Cup final.