A grand stage for Sydney’s major sports and entertainment events, Accor Stadium has welcomed more than 30 million visitors since it was purpose-built for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Unforgettable moments staged at the Stadium have become part of Australia’s sport and entertainment folklore – Cathy Freeman’s dash that unified the nation, the John Aloisi penalty shootout heart-stopper that broke the Socceroos’ 32-year World Cup hoodoo, the exhilaration and despair of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, the Rabbitohs winning their first NRL title in 43 years, and so many legends created in the heat of battle in Grand Finals, Origin showdowns, Bledisloe Cup Test matches and football blockbusters.
International sporting superstars such as David Beckham, Alessandro Del Piero, Ryan Giggs and Jonny Wilkinson have graced the hallowed turf at major events, including the Rugby World Cup, British and Irish Lions Test, and visits by Football super clubs Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus.
Accor Stadium has also hosted many of the world’s biggest entertainment acts such as AC/DC, Adele, The Rolling Stones, U2, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Queen & Adam Lambert, and Eminem.
The Stadium has become part of the social fabric of NSW and plays a significant role in the community. In February 2020, a Fire Fight Australia concert ran for 10 hours, featured 23 acts, attracted 75,000 fans and a TV audience of millions as $10.7 million was raised for the national bushfire appeals.
Accor Stadium is owned by Venues NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.