Sydney Olympic Park is a suburb in western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sydney Olympic Park is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Auburn Council. Originally part of the suburb of Homebush Bay, the area was redeveloped for the 2000 Olympics. The facilities built continue to be used for sporting and cultural events, including the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Festival, Big Day Out, Sydney 500 and a number of World-class sporting fixtures. The suburb also contains commercial development and extensive parklands.
Currently there are more than 5000 events held at the park each year, including the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Supanova Pop Culture Expo, Rugby Union, National Rugby League, Australian Football League and Australian Rugby League games at ANZ Stadium. The Sydney International is held each year at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, and the park also hosts athletics and swimming events, using some venues for concerts during the year, and hosts boxing. It hosts the Big Day Out music festival and has been the venue for free, open air performances as part of the Sydney Festival such as Movies in the Overflow and Music by Moonlight.
The suburb is home to a significant arts and cultural program including regular events, the largest single precinct public art collection in Australia, the Armoury Gallery which is the largest single room permanent art exhibition space in the Southern Hemisphere, a new theatre and an artist studio facility at Newington Armoury. The suburb is fully dedicated to environmentally and socially sustainable practices and has committed to 'Master Plan 2030': an opportunity to establish a best practice example of sustainable urban development for the next 20 years of the Park's growth.
Sydney 2000 Olympics Venues :
- ANZ Stadium - Formerly Stadium Australia & Telstra Stadium (capacity: 110,000 at time of Olympics, now 83,500)
- Allphones Arena - formerly Sydney Superdome & Acer Arena (capacity: Concert 21,000; Basketball 18,000; Gymnastics 15,000)
- Sydney Showground - Home of Sydney's Royal Easter Show. Includes Skoda Stadium (capacity: 13,000 between 1998-2011, 25,000 from 2012).
- Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre (capacity: Grandstand 5,000; Grass 10,000)
- Sydney International Aquatic Centre (capacity: 17,500)
- Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre (capacity: 16,200)
- Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre (capacity: 15,000)
- Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre (capacity: 5,000)
- Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre (capacity: 4,500)
- Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls
Non-Olympic Facilities :
- Monster Mountain X - Mountain Biking
- Monster BMX
- Monster Skate Park
- Armory Gallery
- Armory Theatre