Ryan Miller, Content Producer, Optus Stadium

After what feels like a lifetime, AFL has finally returned to Optus Stadium. And this year, we’re taking the game to all new heights!

As part of the Stadium’s new attractions business, 14 fans can partake in an 80-minute rooftop tour that lets them watch a quarter of football from 42m above the playing surface.

The “OZONE Experience” has proved to be a hit – and you can see from the photos why!

Another exciting addition to the 2021 season was the unveiling of Optus Stadium’s new menu items, led by Sous Chef Tim Hartstonge.

Dockers and Eagles fans can now sink their teeth into Texas style pulled beef brisket, crispy fish soft tacos, three different loaded hotdogs and a Korean chicken burger.

Fans were also treated with a number of specials across the opening two rounds with $6.50 tap beers, $3 Mrs Macs Pies and $3 chips, and free fruit for kids.

What a start to the season! We can’t wait to see what else this year has in store.



Julian Keith, Media Manager, VenuesLive NSW

Three codes, six games and a dose of drenching rain . . . it wouldn’t be footy season without a bit of drama in Sydney.

It all started with a feast of footy at Bankwest Stadium. Hosting four events in six days presents some unique challenges on its own, but add almost 400mm of rain in three days and you get a wild weekend of action.

To put that in perspective, the average long term March average rainfall for Parramatta is 112.5mm.

But given the opportunity to literally sink or swim, the team found the floaties and got to work bringing our events to life.

Big shoutout to the Grounds Team who weathered the storm and still presented a surface worthy of both the A-League and the NRL.

Just down the road Stadium Australia was firing up for back-to-back events and kickstarting the season with an old-school rivalry between the Rabbitohs and Roosters.

Back that up with a NSW Waratahs game the day after and we are off to the races with a ripfire start to the footy calendar.