The Stadium Business Summit for 2018 was recently held in the UK at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. Numerous Australian venues received nominations including Optus Stadium in Perth, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, ANZ Stadium in Sydney, and Adelaide Oval.
The Australian Baseball League (ABL) is undergoing huge changes with expansion and private ownership for the 2018/19 season. This week the league confirmed the long-rumoured addition of a team from New Zealand. With the backing of Baseball New Zealand, the new team is likely to play out of North Harbour Stadium.
In 2017, Major League Rugby came into existence with the promise of bringing professional-level rugby competition to cities across the USA. The Austin metro area was the beneficiary of one of these franchises, with Austin Elite starting play in 2018 at the brand-new Round Rock Multipurpose Complex (RRMC).
The Canberra Raiders (NRL) and ACT Brumbies (Super Rugby) could be the beneficiaries of a new National Sport Plan to be released by the Australian Government in coming weeks.
Anzac Day, April 25th, is a solemn day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders in honour of all those who have served our countries in times of conflict and on peacekeeping missions. Anzac Day is always commemorated on the same date, as it was on the morning of 25 April in 1915 that Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the shores of Gallipoli to battle the formidable Turkish forces, signalling the entry of our countries into World War I – the first such engagement for Australia since federation in 1901. For many, the day is filled with dawn services, marches to honour our troops, and the inevitable game of “two-up” in pubs and clubs across the country.
When it comes to the factors that make a truly great stadium – size, atmosphere, history and legacy – a case should be for Páirc an Chrócaigh (Croke Park) to be among the best, despite the fact it is not well known outside of Ireland. Indeed, despite the fact there are rarely any professional sports played there.