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Sydney Super Dome (currently also known as Qudos Bank Arena) is a large multipurpose arena located in Sydney, Australia. It is situated in Sydney Olympic Park, and was completed in 1999 as part of the facilities for the 2000 Summer Olympics. The AU$190‑million facility was designed and constructed by Abigroup Ltd and Obayashi Corporation with environmental factors in mind; however, the air-conditioner unit for the facility used HCFCs and was said to be a breach of the Green Guidelines for the Olympics. Bob Carr, premier of New South Wales, officially opened the stadium in November 1999.

The development of the stadium was part of three subsites which also included a 3,400-space carpark which cost A$25 million, and a plaza with external works, also costing $25 million. The roof's masts reach 42 metres (138 ft) above ground level, and the stadium occupies a site of 20,000 m2 (220,000 sq ft; 4.9 acres).

The arena is ranked in the top 10 arenas worldwide. For three consecutive years the venue has been a finalist for the Billboard Touring Awards in the top venue category.

The arena has a total capacity of 21,000 with a seating capacity of around 18,000 making the Super Dome the largest permanent indoor sports and entertainment venue in Australia.

 

Stadium name history

The arena was known as the Sydney SuperDome from opening in 1999 until 11 May 2006 when it was renamed Acer Arena as part of a naming rights deal. The naming rights were subsequently purchased by Allphones, the new name allphones arena taking effect from 1 September 2011. From 11 April 2016 the venue was known as Qudos Bank Arena (Qudos Bank, formerly Qantas Credit Union).

Events

Capable of holding 21,000 people, the arena is the largest permanent indoor venue in Australia.

The arena is home to many major entertainment and conference events and is a venue of choice for major entertainment promoters.

Regular/annual eventsEdit

  • Hillsong Conference (2001–2010, 2012–present)
  • ARIA Awards (2003–2009, 2011)

Notable occasional eventsEdit

In 1999, a league record 17,800 spectators attended a NBL match between the Sydney Kings and West Sydney Razorbacks. As of March 2014 this remains the largest attendance for any basketball game played in Australia.

During the 2000 Games, the venue hosted the men's and women's basketball finals, and the artistic and trampoline gymnastics events. In the men's basketball, the Bronze medal playoff won by Lithuania 89-71 over host nation Australia, and the Gold Medal playoff, won by the United States 85-75 over France, drew 14,833 fans to the arena. The permanent seating capacity of the Super Dome was reduced to approximately 15,500 during the Olympics due to the usual large number of seats allocated for the media.

In 2001 the SuperDome was the host of the ATP World Tour Finals Tennis Masters Cup won by Australian World number one men's tennis player Lleyton Hewitt, defeating Frenchman Sébastien Grosjean in the Final 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

On 13 November 2004, the SuperDome attracted the record attendance for a netball game in Australia when 14,339 turned out to see the Australian Netball Diamonds defeat the New Zealand Silver Ferns 54-49.

On 28 July 2008, an ANZ Championship record 12,999 fans saw the New South Wales Swifts defeat the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 65-56 in the ANZ Championship Grand Final at the Acer Arena.

On 3 July 2009, Chinese pop singer Jay Chou came to Sydney to perform an one off concert. It managed to become the number one box office record holder for Allphones Arena, and has stayed in this position ever since. In that concert he broke 11 records in Australia including largest audience (15,200), highest total sponsored amount and highest production cost ($480 000). The box office reached an astronomical amount of $2.6 million USD out-grossing Beyoncé and The Eagles placing him at rank 2 worldwide.

On 17 November 2014, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, addressed Indians residing in Australia.

Matches of the 2015 Netball World Cup were held at Allphones Arena, and the world record for a netball match was broken three times. Day 3 of the World Cup attracted 16,233 spectators. Day 9 attracted 16,244 while the Final held on 16th August 2015 attracted a netball world record attendance of 16,752 to see Australia defeat New Zealand 58–55 to win their third straight INF Netball World Cup and their 11th overall.

In November-December 2014, American singer-songwriter Katy Perry performed at the arena as part of the The Prismatic World Tour, breaking the Allphones Arena ticket record with 89,500 patrons over six shows.


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