In the seemingly never-ending Sydney stadium saga, architectural firm Bates Smart has submitted an unsolicited plan to build a new football stadium on top of Sydney’s Central Station. While it may sound far-fetched, it is perhaps just the solution the people of NSW have been looking for.
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane is arguably one of the best football-only stadiums worldwide. Better known as Lang Park, the venue opened in 1914 on the site of a former cemetery, but didn’t become the home of rugby league in Queensland until the 1950s. The stadium gained traction in Australian sporting folklore with the rise of the State of Origin concept which began in 1980, a three-game series between NSW and QLD that has evolved into the premiere event on the annual rugby league calendar. Lang Park was nicknamed “The Cauldron,” and was renowned for local fans euphemistically described as boisterous and parochial.
McDonald Jones Stadium opened in 1970 as part of the Newcastle International Sports Centre, servicing the Hunter region, about two hours north of Sydney. Originally an oval-shaped playing field, the venue was converted into a rectangular stadium prior to the entry of the Knights into what is now the National Rugby League (NRL) in 1988. After numerous redevelopments commencing in 2003, the stadium has a current capacity of 33,000 and is considered an important component of NSW’s stadia network.
The African nation of Namibia have secured the second last place at Rugby World Cup 2019 to be played in Japan after a hard-fought win against Kenya. The Namibians won the match 53-28 in front of their home crowd in the capital city of Windhoek. Known as the “Welwitschias”, Namibia have now qualified for the past six Rugby World Cup tournaments as the winner of the African qualifying series. They have succeeded Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast as the powerhouse of second-tier XV’s rugby in Africa. They join New Zealand, South Africa, and Italy in Pool D.
The third annual Stadium Journey convention was held this week in New Orleans. What else do you do when in one of the biggest party cities in the world? Why, you record a podcast, of course. Special guests crash the party and a great conversation is had about the future of Stadium Journey, what North American sports look like to an Austrailian, how stadiums Down Under compare, and what to look for in terms of stadiums when you visit the Big Easy.
As Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) continues its renaissance, five teams have confirmed pre-season match ups in North America against the best the NBA can offer.