Sue Max, General Manager, Event & Venue Management, VenuesLive NSW

Two games of Football, two back-to-back concerts, across two venues, over four days! It was an extraordinary week for our NSW VenuesLive team.

Split across Bankwest Stadium and ANZ Stadium on Saturday 15 February, it felt odd not having the ‘family’ together for Queen + Adam Lambert but come Sunday, everything was as it should be. Everyone in the same place to deliver the hugely successful Fire Fight Australia concert.

End of an era – Tim Brady, Shane Warman and Sue Max

Despite limited sleep and time, we were cleaned, restocked and reconfigured, with over 3,000 staff and operational partners briefed and deployed, ready to open gates at 12.15pm and 10 hours of entertainment!  There were few ‘fresh legs’ when the day began but everyone without exception dug deep and delivered something extraordinary.

In 2010, ANZ Stadium was referred to as the ‘Cathedral of Rock & Roll’ after three iconic sold-out AC/DC concerts – at the time, the biggest rock and roll show in the world.  We have hosted other amazing events since then but Fire Fight Australia will be remembered as one of the greatest entertainment events we have ever held.

On Sunday 16 February, we were part of a ‘Temple of Love’, defined by the humanity of everyone who had a part to play – including all who attended.  All of us united by a shared commitment to show our love and support for those affected by the terrible bush fires, pay respect to the courageous volunteers and emergency service personnel and to remember those who tragically lost their lives, which included a member of my own family.

And as Queen + Adam Lambert belted out ‘We are the Champions’, I couldn’t help but shed a tear of pride for what we had collectively achieved, alongside the fantastic TEG Dainty team who pulled the concert together in just a few short weeks and the wonderful artists who gave their time and talent.

It was such a privilege to be part of this exceptional event.  ANZ Stadium, our ‘old girl’, was at her best.  Throwing her enormous arms around all the ‘Champions’ who attended, who worked, who contributed in whatever way they could.  A very special day which will long be remembered by us all.