Sydney Showground (Olympic Park)

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The Sydney Showground is a purpose built venue used each year for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Located at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, it was opened in 1998, as a venue for the 2000 Summer Olympics and to replace the former Sydney Showground at Moore Park. Sydney Showground is operated by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), under lease from the NSW Government.[1]

Arriving at the Showground during the Royal Easter Show

Sydney Showground StadiumEdit

Sydney Showground Stadium during an Australian rules football game

Sydney Showground Stadium (known commercially as Giants Stadium)[2] is the centrepiece of the Showgrounds and is used for flagship show events such as the Grand Parade. It has been used for various sports including baseball at the 2000 Summer Olympics and rugby league between 2001 and 2005. Since 2012, it has been is used for Australian rules football matches as the primary home ground of the Greater Western Sydney Giants, who compete in the Australian Football League. Twenty20 cricket has been played at the stadium since 2015 when the stadium became the home ground of Big Bash League team the Sydney Thunder.

The DomeEdit

The Dome
Location1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
Coordinates33°50′44″S 151°4′5″E / 33.84556°S 151.06806°E / -33.84556; 151.06806Coordinates: 33°50′44″S 151°4′5″E / 33.84556°S 151.06806°E / -33.84556; 151.06806
OperatorRoyal Agricultural Society of NSW
Broke groundMay 1998
OpenedJanuary 1999

The Dome, also known as The Dome and Exhibition Complex is a large indoor venue with a circular shaped floor plan and a ceiling up to 42 metres in height. It has 7,200 square metres of floor space, which can be expanded to 21,600 square metres when combined with the adjoining Exhibitions Halls 2, 3, & 4.[3]

During the Olympics, it hosted the finals for team handball and some of the preliminary basketball games. Four other pavilions were constructed during the games to host badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, handball and indoor volleyball events, as well as the shooting and fencing part of the modern pentathlon competition.[4]

The Dome and the adjacent exhibition halls are used for corporate functions, trade shows and exhibitions such as Supanova Expo. The Dome is occasionally used to film TV shows, including the 2008 series of Gladiators Australia and early episodes of Junior MasterChef Australia 2011.

Charles Moses StadiumEdit

Charles Moses Stadium

Charles Moses Stadium is a U-shaped outdoor stadium. Features include tiered seating with a capacity of 3000, a video screen, PA system and corporate boxes.[5] It is home to the Royal Easter Show's wood chopping events. It is named in honour of Charles Moses, the general manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission from 1935 to 1965.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Main Arena Upgrade - Overview Archived 22 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "This is GIANTS Stadium". GWS Giants. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  3. ^ Sydney Showground - Our Venues
  4. ^ 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 391.
  5. ^ "Charles Moses Stadium". Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  6. ^ Bodey, Michael (1 April 2016). "Michelle Guthrie faces a baptism of fire at the ABC". The Australian. Retrieved 11 July 2017.

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