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The ten biggest football stadiums in Australia

Australia co-hosted the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with New Zealand, showcasing five of their top cities and venues on the world stage.

There are a lot of big sporting arenas in Australia, with many of the stadiums used for multiple sports, including Australian rules football, cricket, rugby league and rugby union.

Below, we list the ten biggest stadiums in Australia that are used for football, even if it is only occasionally.

1. Melbourne Cricket Ground

Location: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Opened: 1853

Capacity: 100,024

The MCG is the biggest football stadium in Australia, ahead of other stadiums such as the Adelaide Oval and Stadium Australia.
Brazil played Argentina at the MCG in front of a crowd of 95,569 / Photo: Icon Sport

Opened in 1853, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was designed for the Australian cricket national team and is the biggest stadium in Australia. However, it has hosted numerous football matches since opening, including exhibitions, friendlies, FIFA World Cup qualifiers and Olympic tournament games.

A notable match was a friendly between Australia and UEFA Euro 2004 champions Greece on May 25, 2006, in front of a bumper 95,103 crowd.

The MCG has also hosted international friendly matches, including a game between Brazil and Argentina in 2017, which saw 95,569 people attend.

2. Stadium Australia, Sydney

Location: Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales, Australia

Opened: 1999

Capacity: 83,500

Stadium Australia is one of the biggest stadiums in Australia, only smaller than the MCG in capacity.
Stadium Australia was one of the host stadiums for the FIFA 2023 Women's World Cup / Photo: Icon Sport

Stadium Australia, currently known as Accor Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-purpose stadium that regularly hosts rugby league and rugby union matches. This includes New South Wales home games in the State of Origin series, as well as the National Rugby League (NRL) final every year.

The stadium was primarily built for the 2000 Summer Olympics, where it hosted track and field events, football matches and the opening ceremony. 110,000 people attended the opening ceremony at Stadium Australia, with an extra 4,714 attending the closing ceremony.

Accor Stadium has hosted major football tournament matches, most notably the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The stadium hosted seven games in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, including the final, which saw Australia beat South Korea 2-1 after extra time.

In the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Accor Stadium hosted five matches, including the opening game and the final between Spain and England.

3. Docklands Stadium

Location: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Opened: 2000

Capacity: 56,347

Marvel Stadium is the third biggest stadium in Australia.
Melbourne Victory played their home matches at Docklands Stadium up until 2021 / Photo: Icon Sport

Docklands Stadium, known as Marvel Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is mainly used for Australian rules football, however, it has also hosted rugby League, cricket and football matches.

Melbourne Victory of the A-League played their home matches at Marvel Stadium between 2006-07 and 2020-21.

After originally signing a ten-year contract in 2016 to play their home games at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne Victory terminated the contract in July 2021, with the club deciding to play future home games at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

4. Adelaide Oval

Location: War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, South Australia

Opened: 1871

Capacity: 53,500

Adelaide Oval is one of the biggest stadiums in Australia and has hosted A-League matches, as well as high-profile friendlies.
Adelaide United beat Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League Grand Final in 2016 / Photo: Icon Sport

Adelaide Oval is primarily used for cricket matches and is one of the five test match venues used for the Ashes series.

Adelaide Oval has also hosted international friendlies, A-League matches and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The first A-League match held at Adelaide Oval was between Adelaide United and Sydney FC on December 28, 2007. Adelaide Oval also hosted the A-League Grand Final between Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers in 2016.

Adelaide United have hosted world-renowned clubs in pre-season friendlies, including Liverpool and Málaga CF.

5. Lang Park

Location: 40 Castlemaine Street, Milton, Queensland, Australia

Opened: 1914

Capacity: 52,500

Lang Park, known as Suncorp Stadium for sponsorship reasons, has traditionally hosted rugby league and rugby union matches.

The Brisbane Broncos and the Dolphins play their home games at Suncorp Stadium in the NRL. Meanwhile, the Queensland Reds of the rugby union play their Super Rugby home games at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane Roar also play their home A-League games here.

The stadium has hosted games at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in recent years.

Most notably in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Suncorp Stadium hosted Australia’s 2-0 against China. In the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Suncorp Stadium was the venue for Australia penalty shootout triumph against France in the Quarter-final.

6. Sydney Football Stadium

Location: 40-44 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, Australia

Opened: 2022

Capacity: 45,500

The Sydney Football Stadium opened in 2022 at a construction cost of A$828 million. It is known as the Allianz Stadium for sponsorship reasons and hosts rugby league, rugby union and football matches.

Sydney FC have played their A-League home matches at the stadium since 2022, and the ground was used for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Allianz Stadium hosted six games, including five group stage matches and a Round of 16 match between the Netherlands and South Africa.

7. Kardinia Park

Location: South Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Opened: 1941

Capacity: 34,074

Kardinia Park, known as GMHBA Stadium due to sponsorship rights, is an Australian rules football stadium, which hosts Geelong Football Club’s home matches.

However, GMHBA Stadium has hosted A-League matches, World Cup Qualifiers and notable friendly games. From 2019-2021, Western United of the A-League played 12 home matches at GMHBA Stadium.

Atlético Madrid also visited the stadium in 2016 to play Melbourne Victory in a friendly.

GMHBA Stadium was included in Australia’s World Cup bid for 2022, with plans to increase the capacity to 44,000 and improve the facilities across the ground. This came to no avail, as Australia lost the bid to Qatar.

8. Newcastle International Sports Centre

Location: New Lambton, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Opened: 1970

Capacity: 33,000

McDonald Jones Stadium is one of the biggest stadiums in Australia and the Newcastle Jets play their home games here.
Melbourne Victory fans celebrate going 1-0 ahead against Newcastle Jets in the A-League Grand Final in 2018 / Photo: ActionPlus / Icon Sport

Currently known as McDonald Jones Stadium for sponsorship reasons, Newcastle International Sports Centre is the home of NRL team Newcastle Knights and Newcastle Jets FC who play in the A-League.

Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the stadium on April 10, 1970, and there have been various redevelopment projects on the stadium since, including significant upgrades to the Western Grandstand.

The stadium hosted four 2015 AFC Asian Cup matches, including the semi-final between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

It was also the venue for the A-League Grand Final in 2018, played between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City.

9. Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Location: Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Opened: 2010

Capacity: 30,050

Melbourne Victory and Melbourne both play their home matches at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, otherwise known as AAMI Park.
Melbourne Victory face Melbourne City at AAMI Park during lockdown in 2021 / Photo: Icon Sport

Known as the AAMI Park due to sponsorship reasons, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium is used for multiple sports, including rugby league, rugby union and football.

Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC play their home A-League matches at AAMI Park and Western United are also currently using the ground.

AAMI Park hosted seven 2015 AFC Asian Cup games, as well as six 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches.

In 2012, the stadium won the award of ‘the world’s most iconic and culturally significant stadium’ at the World Stadium Congress, which took place in Doha, Qatar.

10. Western Sydney Stadium

Location: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia

Opened: 2019

Capacity: 30,000

The CommBank Stadium is one of the biggest stadiums in Australia and is the home venue for Western Sydney Wanderers.
Western Sydney Wanderers' players celebrate opening the scoring against Western United at the CommBank Stadium / Photo: Icon Sport

The CommBank Stadium, more commonly known as the Western Sydney Stadium, is a recently built arena that primarily hosts rugby league, football and rugby union matches.

Since 2019, Western Sydney Wanderers have played at the stadium, with the first game a 2-1 loss against Leeds United in a pre-season friendly in front of 24,419 people.

The biggest crowd that the Wanderers have had since playing at the CommBank Stadium was on 26 October 2019 against Sydney FC. The Wanderers won 1-0 in front of a 28,519 strong crowd.

The Australian women’s national team also played at the stadium in November 2019, when they beat Chile 2-1 in a friendly.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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