Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
The Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), more commonly known by its former names ANZ Stadium or QE II, is a major multi-purpose sporting facility on the south side of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. From 1993 to 2003, QSAC was the home of the Brisbane Broncos, who play in National Rugby League.
QSAC, QE2 Stadium
|Former names||ANZ Stadium (1993–2003)|
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sports Centre (1977–1993)
|Location||Cnr of Mains and Kessels Roads, Nathan, Queensland|
|Record attendance||58,912 – 1997 Super League Grand Final|
|Surface||Grass, Athletics track|
|Queensland (State of Origin) (2001–2002)|
Brisbane Broncos (NRL) (1993–2003)
Brisbane Roar (W-League)
The facility opened in 1975 and was officially named Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sports Centre by the Queen in 1977 to mark her Silver Jubilee. It was constructed in close proximity to both the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital and Griffith University campus, which provided athlete accommodation.
Originally the section of the stadium covered by roofing was intended to be the only permanent seating facility. The remainder of the stadium seating was built as "temporary" seating and was intended to be removed after the Commonwealth Games had finished. Public opinion resulted in the unroofed temporary seating being retained as permanent.
The stadium was named ANZ Stadium from 1993 to 2003 when it was the home of the Brisbane Broncos rugby league football team. The stadium currently has a capacity of 48,400 people, although the record crowd is 58,912, set during the 1997 Super League Grand Final which saw the Broncos defeat the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26–8. The capacity can be increased to 60,000 with the use of extra temporary seating in front of the Eastern and Western grandstands. These were removed when the running track was relaid for the 2001 Goodwill Games.
In 1999, ANZ Stadium hosted eventual champions Australia in their Davis Cup Semi-Final win over Russia 4–1. Temporary grass courts were erected up one end of the field and temporary stands on 3 sides. The crowd capacity for this event was 10, 600. 1999 Australian Open Champion and Russian Davis Cup player Yevgeny Kafelnikov described the court "like playing on a potato field" and "that court is just not acceptable for this kind of event"
In 2002, ownership transferred to the Queensland Government Major Sports Facilities Authority and the venue was given its present name.
The stadium has hosted a number of events, including:
- Australian Championships in Athletics
- State of Origin series games
- 1982 Commonwealth Games
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 31 March 1985
- U2 – 20 November 1993 with Big Audio Dynamite II and Kim Salmon and the Surrealists; 25 February 1998 with Sidewinder; and 7 November 2006 with Kanye West
- Madonna – 24 November 1993
- 1994 Rugby League World Club Challenge
- The Rolling Stones – 12 April 1995
- The Eagles – 24 November 1995
- Michael Jackson – 19 November 1996 HIStory World Tour – 40.000 people
- 1997 Super League Grand Final
- 1999 Davis Cup Semi-Final tie vs. Russia
- 2001 Goodwill Games
- An assignment on the third season of The Mole, filmed in early 2002, where the contestants had to draw an animal using the painting machines normally used to mark the playing fields.
- Pearl Jam – 25 November 2009, with Relentless7
- AC/DC – 25 and 27 February 2010, with Wolfmother
- Matildas vs Brazil 6 and 9 April 2014
- 2014 FFA Cup round of 16 match between Olympic FC and Central Coast Mariners, 16 September 2014.
- AC/DC – 12 and 27 November 2015, with The Hives
- This venue served as an evacuation centre for residents affected by the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.
- Guns N' Roses – 7 February 2017, with Rose Tattoo 
- International friendly football match between South Korea and Uzbekistan, 20 November 2018.
The stadium has also permitted students of the neighbouring Griffith University (Nathan campus) to use its expansive carpark, free of charge. This is due to the relatively low availability of parking as well as the cost of parking on the campus (there is no free parking). Students who don't mind the ten-minute walk from the stadium take advantage of the large carpark.
Notable Rugby League GamesEdit
|28 March 1993||Parramatta Eels def. Brisbane Broncos 12–8||51,517||1993 NSWRL season Rd.3 |
Brisbane Broncos first game at ANZ Stadium
|27 August 1993||St George Dragons def. Brisbane Broncos 16–10||58,593||1993 NSWRL season Rd.22 |
Brisbane Broncos all-time minor round home attendance record
|1 June 1994||Wigan def. Brisbane Broncos 20–14||54,220||1994 World Club Challenge |
World Club Challenge attendance record
|19 May 1997||New South Wales def. Queensland 23–22 (gp)||35,570||Super League Tri-series Final |
Longest professional rugby league game in history (104 minutes)
|20 September 1997||Brisbane Broncos def. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26–8||58,912||1997 Super League Grand Final |
Brisbane Broncos all-time home attendance record
|1 July 2001||Queensland def. New South Wales 40–14||49,441||2001 State of Origin series Game III|
|5 June 2002||Queensland def. New South Wales 26–18||47,989||2002 State of Origin series Game II|
|18 May 2003||Brisbane Broncos def. Melbourne Storm 36–16||15,867||2003 NRL season Rd.10 |
Brisbane Broncos last game at ANZ Stadium
- "Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
- 1997 Super League Grand Final
- Stadiums Queensland – History Archived 20 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- Stadiums Queensland Archived 20 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- Atfield, Cameron Atfield, Cameron. "Brisbane's Commonwealth Games stadium gathers dust". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Atfield, Cameron. "Is there life in the white elephant yet?". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Branco, Jorge. "Guns N' Roses review: Axl brings originals to Brisbane". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Church, Michael. "Koreans brush aside Uzbekistan in Brisbane friendly". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Thompson Estate and Eastern Suburbs Athletics, Brisbane athletics and cross country running club.
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