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Sport venues in Brisbane

International competitions, annual meet-ups, league events and individual recreational activities, all play a significant role in Brisbane lifestyle. Here are the city's top sporting venues:


Brisbane Cricket Ground

Fondly known as "The Gabba", the Brisbane Cricket Ground is one of the world's best cricket grounds. The venue gets its name from the neighbourhood it is in, Woolloongabba. It also hosts Australian Rules football and is home to local cricket team Queensland Bulls and local football team the Brisbane Lions. The first cricket match was played here in 1896 between Parliament and The Press. The first test match at 'The Gabba' was played between Australia and South Africa in 1931. Established back in 1895, today the venue has a seating capacity of 42,000. It was also the first Australian venue to host an international T20 cricket match. In Brisbane, city hotels are a plenty and the likes of Oaks Casino Towers would be ideal. Book well in advance to ensure availability if you arriving during cricket or football season. Over the year, 'The Gabba' has hosted athletic events, baseball, music concerts, cycling, soccer, and pony and greyhound races.


Suncorp Stadium

The spiritual home of the Rugby League in Brisbane, Suncorp Stadium is locally known as 'The Cauldron'. The venue was formerly known as Lang Park, up until Suncorp obtained naming rights in 1994. Even today, players and officials face high fines if they wrongly refer to it as Lang Park in public. The amazing sporting venue has a capacity of 52,500 and is said to be the best rectangular stadium for spectator viewing of rugby union, rugby league and soccer games. Suncorp is the state's premier venue for soccer matches. A renowned New Zealand-based rugby journalist called Suncorp the best rugby stadium in the world and it has also been compared to great venues such as Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Twickenham Stadium in London. It was here that the All Blacks played Australia, in the 2006 Bledisloe Cup clash in the Tri Nations Series, which saw the New Zealanders playing in Brisbane after more than ten years.


Sleeman Sports Complex

This one of Queensland's leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment centres and boasts a staunch reputation for grooming some of the country's finest athletes. It home to Australia's only Olympic-standard BMX Supercross Track. Other important highlights here include the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Chandler Theatre (one of Brisbane's largest auditoriums), H2O Fitness Centre, Chandler Arena, Chandler Velodrome, State Weightlifting Centre, Chandler Gardens and the Dry Diving training hall.


1300Smiles Stadium

Established in 1994, 1300Smiles Stadium has been known by many names such as Stockland Stadium, Malanda Stadium, Dairy Farmers Stadium and Willow Sports Complex. It has a seating capacity of 30,302. The venue mostly hosts Rugby League, Rugby Union and soccer games and is home to the North Queensland Cowboys (NRL).


Cbus Super Stadium

Formerly known as Robina Stadium, Cbus is essentially a smaller version of Suncorp Stadium. Established in 2006, Cbus has a seating capacity of 27,400. The venue is home to the National Rugby League team Gold Coast Titans.