Since February 2012, Allianz Stadium has been Sydney's premier rectangular field venue for rugby league, rugby union and soccer. Allianz is proud to partner with the Stadium to host iconic moments in Australian sports.
The Allianz Stadium closure in late 2018 paved the way for the Stadium’s current transformation into a new world-class sporting venue, which is currently underway.
Home of Australian Sports History
Since its opening in 1988, Sydney Football Stadium (now Allianz Stadium) has been home to some of the most memorable moments in Australian sports history. With the Allianz Stadium capacity extending to over 45,000 people, the Stadium has brought people together from Australia and abroad to enjoy showdowns between their favourite teams.
Along with hosting the Kangaroos, Wallabies, and Socceroos, Allianz Stadium has also been the home ground of the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs, and Sydney Football Club.
In 1988, the Sydney Roosters (or Eastern Suburbs Roosters as they were then called) were the first team to give their all in the Stadium, in their opening match against the St George Dragons. Sadly for the Roosters’ fans, St George won the game 24-14. But the Roosters got their own back many times over the years. In 2018, in the final match before the Allianz Stadium closure, the Roosters defeated the Rabbitohs 12-4 in front of a crowd of over 44,000 people, before going on to win the premiership.
The Stadium has also been home to international matches, including rugby league and rugby union matches featuring the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, South Africa, and many more. Notably, in 1988 the Stadium was home to Australia’s 100th rugby league test match against the UK, a game Australia won with a 17-6 victory. It was also the venue for the Olympic women’s gold medal soccer match, where Norway defeated the USA in front of 22,848 fans.
In 2006, Allianz Stadium capacity was increased from 42,000 to 45,500, allowing more people than ever to see their favourite teams in action.
Home of Music and Culture
Along with sporting victories, Allianz Stadium has also been home to a multitude of musical and cultural events. Since 1993, the Stadium has hosted some of pop’s biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Sia. In 1993, it was also the venue for two performances of the Zoo TV Tour of Irish rock band U2. The second of these performances was recorded and released as the concert film Zoo TV: Live from Sydney.
In 2005, the Stadium hosted the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, in a special Salute to Australia performance. This was only the second time the Tattoo had been hosted outside of Scotland, and featured the first appearance of the Australian Tartan. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo returned again to the Stadium in 2010, to celebrate the Tattoo’s 60 year history.
Allianz's Stadium Partnership
In 2012, Allianz became a multi-year partner of the Stadium, helping it to continue as a premier venue.
The partnership aligns with Allianz’s global association with world-class sports sponsorships, including the iconic Allianz Arena in Munich.
A World-Class Transformation
The stadium closed its doors in October 2018, with a farewell performance by Michael Bublé on the 5th of October. Since then Allianz Stadium embarked on a path to be redeveloped into a modern, world-class venue.
The goal of the redevelopment is to create a stadium with improved sightlines for spectators, a full-coverage roof, increased food and beverage options, and significantly improved amenities. New state-of-the-art-facilities will cement Allianz Stadium’s place as a leading Australian sport venue, while also celebrating the cultural heritage that has made the area an important sporting location since the 1850s.