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    Suncorp Stadium

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    This state of the art stadium was opened in June 2003 - after the old Lang Park comlex was demolished, to make way for a much more superior facility. Built in a cauldron like design, this 3 tier sports ground seats 52,500 for a range of uses - largely sport - rugby union, rugby league and soccer. It is now home to the Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Red and Brisbane Roars. International games are also hosted here, and there is really not a bad seat in the house. Proximity to the playing field is an excellent feature, and maximises the visibility and atmosphere when you attend.

    The venue has multiple food and alcohol outlets, and plenty of public facilities within the complex.

    There is NO public parking at the stadium, but is readily and conveniently accessed by bus or train. Both are free services for ticket holders, and plentiful at either ends of the game.

    At the front of Suncorp Stadium, there is a statue of our King Wally - Wally Lewis is probably the most well known of all Queensland and Australian Rugby League players - famous for his fiery confrontations and longstanding leadership of local, state and international Aussie teams, as well as his obvious talent as a football player.

    Wally was a founding Bronco, and captained this team, the Queensland team from 1981 to 1991, and the Kangaroosbetween 1984 and 1991. He is now a news commentator.

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    Suncorp Stadium and the Wallabies!

    by thedouglas Written Jul 15, 2006

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    Suncorp Stadium must be one of the best of its kind on the planet, and we are so fortunate to host international games, and see our own Wallabies play in Brisbane.

    Imagine the sight of a grown woman trying to jump out of a moving car, because I saw them walking into a park for some warm up on the morning of the game. Most of the pictures were blurred by the shaking excitement of it all! They smiled patiently at me, and continued with their business!

    The tri-nations game against the Springboks on the 15th July was a bit of an annihilation of our visitors, but All Blacks are our next home game - so, watch this spot. A wonderful stadium to watch games, and there are really no bad seats in the house. Had some drizzle, but Aussie fervour warmed us up as we stormed to victory!

    The pre-game roar, anthems and flag displays were awesome to watch, and its just not the same as watching at home.

    So, how do you get nearly 50,000 people out of a complex and disperse them efficiently? Suncorp and our local council and police have it nailed. Efficient rail and bus systems, cordoned off roads and plenty of patrol and planning, means that we walked from the stadium back to the city with the throng in less than 15 minutes, at a cracking pace! We usually get the train - and its equally efficient getting the teeming crowd to the platforms. All trains and buses are complimentary for ticket holders.

    Equipment: Bring warm gear in winter - especially merchandise, or at least wear yellow and green!

    Flags and anthems Unexpected encounter with the Wallabies Pre game firepower Small portion of the crowd The victory honour lap!
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    "The Gabba" Cricket Ground

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    Woolloongabba is the home of "The Gabba". where Brisbane's AFL team - The Lions - call home - but it is most associated with one of our biggest national games - cricket! It is located about 2klms from the Brisbane CBD, and opened all year round.

    Local, state - Queensland Bulls and state one day and international one day games and test matches are all held at the Gabba.

    Woolloongabba is said to have an Aboriginal origin - opinions divided - meaning either "whirling pool" or "fight talk place" - I guess both fit, given the complex. This premier oval has been operating for 110 years as a spectator complex, and has hosted events ranging from cricket, rugby league, rugby union, AFL (Aussie rules), soccer, concerts, greyhound racing, cycling and baseball.

    The first cricket match held at the Gabba was in 1896, in a somewhat prophetic game between Parliament and The Press - not surpisingly, the outcome was a draw (61run stand off!).

    The first Sheffield Shield state game was played at the Gabba in 1931, and was washed out.

    The first test match was the same year, between Australia and South Africa - our "Don" Bradman made 226 runs in the first innings - still the highest test score ever made in Brisbane.

    The final stage of the Master Plan for redevelopment of the Gabba was opened in Sept 2005 - and the venue seats 42,000 spectators.

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    Brisbane Lions

    by mikekool Written Jan 2, 2006

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    If you fancy football then come and see the Brisbane Lions play the AUSSIES RULES WAY it is not your ordinary football this sport has attitude love by thousand of die hard fans. This experience will be unforgivable for a tourist that wishes to get a taste of Australia

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    Suncorp Stadium and the Broncos

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    Since its opening in 2002, Suncorp Stadium has been home to the Brisbane Broncos - the local Rugby League heroes - which has been a dominant team in rugby league since its first team in 1988. One of the most successfully capped players at local, state and international levels of the game, Wally Lewis (AKA King Wally) has been honoured by the construction of a statue of him outide the stadium.

    There was local furore recently when the statue was painted Blue - the colour of the New South Wales team! - during the fiercely contended State of Origin Series, between our two states. Queensland won this year, so the pain of the defacement has not lingered!

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    Cricket at the Gabba

    by Aleyd Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    !!! Under Construction !!!

    Cricket is practically our national sport.

    In Brisbane most inter-state and international matches are held at the Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground, located in Wooloongabba). There are both day and night matches held here. The Gabba has a bus stop right next to it. If you are catching a train you can get out at the South Brisbane stop, as there is a bus station right across from it.

    www.baggygreen.com.au has information on all matches that are on in Australia, as well as anything you could ever really want to know about cricket.

    Equipment: Generally you are not allowed to take glass bottles or alcohol in to the stadium. I tend to take a 600ml plastic bottle of Coke, water and a picnic lunch/dinner to avoid paying their high food and drinks prices. The seats are hard plastic, so we take a towel to sit on, to avoid getting too sticky in the humidity.

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    Suncorp Stadium

    by ASTIEL Updated Dec 2, 2006

    Suncorp Stadium in Milton is the spiritual home of Rugby League in Brisbane, and is the home of Queensland Rugby League, the Brisbane Broncos, the Queensland Roar FC, the Queensland Reds and the annual State of Origin rugby league clash between Queensland (the Maroons) and New South Wales (the Blues). Lang Park became Suncorp Stadium in 1994 after Suncorp became naming rights sponsor. Teams based there include: Queensland Roar FC (Soccer), Brisbane Broncos (Rugby league), Queensland Reds (Rugby Union). Individual players and officials face stiff fines if they accidentally publicly refer to the venue by its former name.

    Suncorp Stadium is also home to the Wally Lewis statue. The statue was commissioned by the Courier Mail who raised money by seeking donations from the public. It was then entrusted to the then Lang Park Trust to ever more reside at Suncorp Stadium. It was designed and built by Art Busters who did a lot of the personal art statues for Expo 88 in Brisbane. The statue is made of bronze and is hollow. The bronze exterior had faded to a very dull finish over the years, but the Queensland government, as part of the stadium redevelopment had the statue recoated in bronze and hence the shiny finish you see today.

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    The Gabba

    by ASTIEL Updated Dec 2, 2006

    The Brisbane Cricket Ground hosts domestic and international cricket matches, as well as Australian rules football. Home of the Queensland Bulls (Cricket) and the Brisbane Lions (Australian rules football), The Gabba hosted football matches for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was the site of the famous tied test of 1960 between the West Indies and Australia. Teams based there include: Queensland Bulls (Cricket) and Brisbane Lions (Australian rules football).

    The Brisbane Cricket Ground is better known as "The Gabba" and comes from the suburb of Woolloongabba in which the ground is situated.

    There are two theories about the meaning of the Aboriginal words from which "Woolloongabba" is derived - "whirling water" or "fight talk place".

    "The Gabba" dates back to 1895, when the land was designated as the site for a cricket ground.

    The Gabba 1965
    The first event conducted at The Gabba was a cricket match between Parliament and the Press on 19 December 1896. The result was a tie (61 runs each).

    Until January 1931, Sheffield Shield and Test cricket was played at the Exhibition Grounds.

    The first Sheffield Shield match scheduled for The Gabba (31 January to 4 February 1931) was washed out without the captains even bothering to toss.

    The first Test match played at The Gabba was against South Africa from 27 November to 3 December 1931. Don Bradman made 226 in the first innings of this Test and this remains the highest individual score in a Test played in Brisbane.

    In the 1950s and 1960s The Gabba hosted soccer matches involving the English first division clubs Blackpool (with Sir Stanley Matthews), Everton, Manchester United and the Chinese and South African National Soccer teams.

    Events held at The Gabba over its 110 year history include: Athletics,
    AFL, Baseball, Concerts, Cricket, Cycling, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Pony and Greyhound Racing.

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    Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)

    by ASTIEL Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The venue opened in 1975 as a facility for athletics and was officially named by the Queen, as the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sports Centre during her visit to Australia in 1977.

    The Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), formerly known as QEII ('QE2') Stadium and later ANZ Stadium, at Nathan is the third largest sporting arena in Queensland. The stadium was built as a temporary venue for the 1982 Commonwealth Games but endured as home for the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team during the 1990s and hosted the 2001 Goodwill Games.

    From 1993 to 2003, the venue served as the home of the Brisbane Broncos national rugby league team. A naming rights agreement with the ANZ Bank resulted in the venue being named "ANZ Stadium" for this decade. During this period, the venue continued to be used for local, national and international athletics events (including the 2001 Goodwill Games) and outdoor concerts. Indeed, the venue hosted an average of over 90 athletics carnivals per annum over this period.

    Ownership of the venue was transferred from the Brisbane City Council to the Major Sports Facilities Authority on 30 June 2002.

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    Ballymore

    by ASTIEL Written Dec 2, 2006

    Ballymore Stadium is the name of a rugby union stadium situated in Herston, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is also the home of Queensland Rugby Union, and was the home ground for the Queensland Reds and the Brisbane Strikers Soccer Club. The Queensland Reds have since moved to Suncorp Stadium and the Brisbane Strikers moved to Perry Park.

    The QRU set up headquarters at Ballymore in 1966 under a deed of grant from the state government. The first club game played at the new site was a match between Teachers and Wests. The QRU then officially moved in February 1967. In March of the following year Ballymore's grandstand was officially opened. The Eastern Stand was opened on June 21, 1992. The ground exceeded capacity in 1993 when 26,000 squeezed in to watch the Wallabies play South Africa. A year later the first match under lights was played at the ground. Today the grandstand is known as the McLean Stand (named in 1980), and the Eastern stand is known as the Bank of QLD stand.

    In 2006 it was announced that there was a new proposal to turn Ballymore into a state-of-the-art training facility for Australian rugby, for teams throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The proposed development would also include a Rugby hall of Fame, and an archive for the preservation of rugby history and memroabilla.

    Though the Reds have since moved out of Ballymore, to the Suncorp Stadium, which has double capacity, Ballymore is still the host to many rugby union matches. The Queensland Club rugby final is usually held at the ground, and Queensland XVs and off-season matches for the Reds are also played at Ballymore. The Reds will also play both of their home games during the 2006 Australian Provincial Championship at Ballymore. It is also likely that both of Brisbane's teams in the new national competition being launched in 2006 will play out of Ballymore.

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    Perry Park

    by ASTIEL Written Dec 2, 2006

    Perry Park is the spiritual home of Football (soccer) in Brisbane, and is home to the Brisbane Strikers, who play in the local Brisbane competition after being unsuccessful in their A-League bid.

    Perry Park is a soccer ground situated in Brisbane. 2003 saw the return of top-class Soccer when the Brisbane Strikers move their NSL home games to the ground. The venue has a small main grandstand which stretches the whole wing and grass banks around the ground. It currently has a capacity of around 5,000. Improvements will be made in the future to lift it to NSL standard.

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    The Sleeman Centre

    by ASTIEL Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Sleeman Centre — team based there: Queensland Firebirds (Netball)

    The Sleeman Centre was purpose built for the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Since then the centre has hosted a range of sporting events including the 1994 World Masters Games and the 2001 Goodwill Games swimming, diving and cycling events.

    The Sleeman Centre and the Chandler Aquatic Centre were named after the past Lord Mayors, Sir John Chandler and Frank Sleeman.

    The Sleeman Centre is a sporting and entertainment facility located in Brisbane, Australia. Construction of the centre was completed in 1982, with several upgrades and improvements having been carried out since that date. Located in the suburb of Chandler, the centre is 15km south of Brisbane's CBD and is home to an aquatic centre, velodrome, sports arena, gymnastics training hall, gymnasium and auditorium. The centre currently offers a range of services to the public, including indoor and outdoor community activities such as swimming, diving, health and fitness classes, a gymnasium, childcare facilities, and a children’s pool and water slide. The centre is open to the public and is also available for bookings from organisations.

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    free transport to games

    by MariePisces Written Apr 7, 2008

    When there is a big football (not soccer, but rugby) game on at the Gabba or another stadium, the council often provides free buses there and back, leaving from all the big shopping centres. Contact translink.com.au for info.

    Equipment: Bring food to games because it is pricey.

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    Suncorp Stadium and our Reds

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    The Queensland Reds are the Queensland Rugby Union team, and call Suncorp Stadium home - all home games are played here, and many international Union games as well.

    Go the Reds!
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    Brisbane Cricket Ground

    by joanj Written Dec 20, 2004

    For all you cricketing fans out there in VT Land, this is the home of the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

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