Here at Livewell we are very familiar with Suncorp Stadium, where many injured players have required assistance from our expert physio team, following some big games in their career.
Suncorp Stadium, known to locals as “The cauldron” was formerly known as Lang Park or to some simply Brisbane Stadium, and was originally established in 1914 on the site of the North Brisbane Cemetery. During the early days, it was used for many sports including athletics, soccer and cycling. And sports such as wrestling, boxing, gymnastics, rugby and basketball all take place at the stadium to this day.
For those rugby and soccer fans out there, you may well be familiar with this world class, state-of-the-art sports venue in Brisbane, Australia. Just minutes from the city, it is located in the suburb of Milton and boasts a capacity of 52,500 people. With its 3 tiers and rectangular playing field, some say Suncorp Stadium is perhaps the best stadium in the world, being so intimate you can hear and feel the power and rhythm of the games. Although the stadium has been the traditional home of rugby league in Brisbane, Queensland since 1957, it has also become the states premier venue for both soccer and rugby union since 2003. The stadium is known to Queenslanders as the sporting cathedral of the state and city and holds a special place in their hearts, with more than 1 million people attending events at Suncorp each year.
Suncorp Stadium is a far cry from the former oval stadium with just 2 grandstands set back from a perimeter road. The redevelopment cost $280,000,000 and commenced in July 2001, just after Game One of the State of Origin series.
Since 1994 the venue has officially been known as Suncorp Stadium due to Suncorp’s sponsorship, and in December 2006 it even hosted its first music concert since the 1980’s, which saw Robbie Williams performing to crowds of over 100,000 people over 2 days, during his “Close Encounters” Australia tour. The stadium also hosted Bon Jovi as part of the circle tour and U2 during their 360 tour in December 2010.
One of the most recent memorable events held at the venue was the WBO welterweight fight, billed as the “Battle of Brisbane”, which controversially saw Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao after 12 rounds, in a unanimous decision in front of over 51,000 spectators.
Suncorp Stadium can be booked for both private functions and tours, where you can enjoy finding out more about this historic venue for just $16 per person.
Although Suncorp Stadium is one of the only major sporting venues in Australia without a car park, it is easily reached by Brisbane’s public transport network, by either bus or train. If taking a train, remember to get off at Milton or Roma Street, as these are the closest stations to Suncorp Stadium, and on match days there is an increase in how frequently the buses and trains run. If coming by car, there are places to park only a short 10 minute walk away. Many people choose to park at Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre for easy access to the stadium.
A generous variety of hotels are also within easy reach of the Stadium. Depending on your needs and requirements, they can range anywhere from around $60 per night for the Ibis Brisbane, to around $120 per night for the 5 star Next hotel.
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