Olympische Spiele 2000 - Leichtathletik
Telstra Stadium, formally known as Stadium Australia, was the centrepiece of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. No other outdoor stadium used for the Olympics had been bigger than the stadium at the time of the games. Four Boeing 747s would fit side-by-side under the span of the main arches of the grandstands. The original capacity was 110,000, however post-games renovations has reduced this to 83,500.
|Location||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Seats||83,500 (100% of capacity)|
|Former Names||Stadium Australia|
|Annual Events||NRL Grand Final|
2000 Olympic Games
2003 Rugby World Cup
The stadium has had major redevelopment work done throughout 2001 and 2002 to reduce the size and convert the playing field into an oval shape to enable Australian Football to be played. Stage two of the project was completed in March 2002 and included the removal of the two stands at either end, remodelling of the lower level of seating into an oval shape. Stage two of the project will include a roof at either end which used to be occupied by the two large stands, as seen in the photo to the above, this will be completed in 2003.
Telstra, the major Australian communications company, purchased the rights to Stadium Australia in July 2002 for exclusive naming rights of the stadium until 2009 with further options, they also purchased the rights to Melbourne's Colonial Stadium which is now the Telstra Dome.