Suncorp Stadium Celebrates 20 Years of Unforgettable Events

Suncorp Stadium
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After 20 years, Suncorp Stadium in Milton continues to be the premier venue in Queensland, delivering outstanding events and attracting renowned artists and athletes from around the world. The stadium is now celebrating its 20th anniversary and has announced exciting upcoming concerts for legendary rock bands Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe. 

These concerts will take place on 8 November 2023 as part of their World Tour, adding to the impressive lineup of 33 concerts that the venue has hosted since its reopening in 2003.

Suncorp Stadium has become a favourite destination for world-famous musicians, with the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift have performed there. However, the local sporting teams that call the stadium their home contribute significantly to its success, making up the majority of attendees year after year.

Since its opening, Suncorp Stadium has hosted 343 rugby league games, attracting a total of 10.7 million patrons. Additionally, 219 soccer games have been held, bringing in 3.1 million patrons, while 177 rugby union games have attracted 4.5 million patrons. 

Among the local teams, the Brisbane Broncos hold the record for the most games played at Suncorp Stadium, with 128 matches and a total of 4.2 million patrons. The newest tenants, the Dolphins, have already drawn in 156,000 patrons over five games.

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Suncorp Stadium
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In terms of concerts, the stadium has entertained 1.3 million patrons through 33 shows. Notably, in 2013, the venue achieved a world record for the largest orchestra with over 7,000 musicians performing at the stadium.

This year has seen several major events at Suncorp Stadium, including Ed Sheeran’s performances over three nights, which attracted over 173,000 patrons. During the Saturday night show, a ground attendance record of 58,439 was set, showcasing the stadium’s capacity to accommodate large crowds.

Minister for Sport Stirling Hinchliffe commented on the stadium’s achievement, stating, “For Suncorp to have more than 20 million fans file through the gates over those 20 years is a true testament to the stadium’s ability to continually attract the biggest acts and events from around the globe.” Hinchliffe also highlighted the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, scheduled to take place at Suncorp Stadium in July, and expressed hope that the stadium would be the site of victory for the Maroons as they seek to win another Origin series on June 21st.

Stadiums Queensland Chief Executive Todd Harris emphasized the versatility of Suncorp Stadium, praising its ability to host a wide range of events, from extreme sports to football to live music. 

Alan Graham, Suncorp Stadium General Manager, reflected on the venue’s remarkable history, mentioning the thrill of being part of eight consecutive Maroons series wins and highlighting notable international events such as the visits of renowned musicians and prestigious football clubs like Liverpool, Leeds, and Aston Villa.

As Suncorp Stadium celebrates its 20th anniversary, it remains the go-to destination for thrilling sporting events, record-breaking concerts, and unforgettable experiences. The stadium’s legacy continues to grow, solidifying its position as a world-class venue.

Published 8-June-2023