The Sydney Football Stadium (colloquially known as SFS, and formerly known as Aussie Stadium between 2002 and mid-2007) is located in Moore Park, in Sydney, New South Wales. It was built in 1988 to be the city's premier "rectangular field" for rugby league. It is also now used for football (soccer) and rugby union for major matches and domestic competition.
The Sydney Football Stadium is home to several professional teams:
The Sydney Football Stadium usually hosts both NRL semi finals and one preliminary final, and also held the annual pre-season Charity Shield rugby league match between South Sydney and St George Illawarra for a number of years. Rugby League Grand Finals have been played there in the past.
Most major representative rugby football matches in Sydney that were once played at the SFS, such as State of Origin rugby league and rugby union Internationals, have been played at ANZ Stadium (Stadium Australia) since it was completed in 1999 for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. This much larger stadium took a lot of the major events away, leaving the SFS as a second-tier venue, although it is far from a white elephant.
In 2002 the Sydney Football Stadium was renamed Aussie Stadium - in a 5 Year + 5 Year naming rights deal with the business Aussie Home Loans. On July 7 2007 the stadium reverted back to its original Sydney Football Stadium name after Aussie Home Loans and the SCG Trust mutually elected not to extend the naming rights deal.
In 2003, the SFS hosted several matches in the Rugby World Cup; Ireland v Namibia, Argentina v Romania, Scotland v Fiji, South Africa v Georgia and Georgia v Uruguay. The final match was notable for attracting a crowd of 28,576, despite the low profiles of both teams.
The Sydney Football Stadium has been the venue of some of Australian sport's greatest matches and moments such as the 1989 Rugby League Grand Final which was won by the Canberra Raiders over the Balmain Tigers 19-14, the 1991 Rugby League Grand Final won by Penrith over Canberra 19-12 in which Royce Simmons scored 2 tries in his final match, the 1997 ARL Grand Final between Newcastle and Manly which the Knights won 22-16 and two standout State Of Origin matches in which QLD triumphed over NSW with last-minute victories in 1994 and 1998 and Michael O'Connor's sideline conversion for a NSW win in Game 2, 1991. The ground also hosted many memorable semi-finals and Monday Night Football in 1996.
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