From farming land to becoming one of NSW premier sporting facilities, learn how Campbelltown Sports Stadium has evolved over the years.
Stadium General History
Campbelltown Sports Stadium has evolved over the years. Originally farming land, it has developed into one of NSW premier sporting facilities.
The facility was opened in 1970 and was originally known as Orana Park (Aboriginal for “Welcome”)”, after the Leumeah Progress Association lobbied Campbelltown Council to find a suitable park in Leumeah for its residents.
Orana Park was originally home to the Kangaroos Football Club which is the oldest sporting club in the area dating back to 1908. This club referred to the ground as the Duguid Field after Alfred Duguid who was a local resident and an outstanding rugby league player and supporter of the Kangaroos Football Club in its early years.
Home of the Magpies
In 1987 Orana Park became the home ground of the Western Suburbs District Rugby League Club (Magpies) which was participating in the New South Wales Rugby Football League at the time.
The Magpies were a foundation club in this competition which commenced in 1908. In 1984 this competition evolved into a national competition and became known as the Australian Rugby League competition and is now known as the National Rugby League. In 1990 the venue was renamed Campbelltown Sportsground.
Eastern Grandstand & Athletics Centre
Major redevelopments in 1998 saw the venue expand with the building of the Eastern Grandstand which included additional grandstand seating, public amenities and corporate facilities. An international standard athletics facility was also built on the adjacent land and forms part of the entire precinct.
On the 6 February 2000, Campbelltown Sports Stadium hosted the first ever Wests Tigers premiership match after Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies merged and became a joint venture club participating in the National Rugby League competition. In the 24 all draw match against the Brisbane Broncos, local boy John Skandalis was the first to score a try for the Wests Tigers.
In 2007 an $8million grant was received from the Federal Government which saw another redevelopment of the venue commence in 2009. The original Western Grandstand was refurbished and extended to improve player, media and corporate facilities. Additional seating and public amenities were also built. These works were officially opened on 2 May 2010 with a National Rugby League match between Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters.
Monster Energy Super X
On 5 November 2011 Campbelltown Sports Stadium was transformed into a motorcycle track as the Monster Energy Super X event came to Campbelltown. 5,000 tonne of soil transformed the football field into jumps and bumps for all the thrills and spills of live super X racing with some of Australia’s best riders. This event was won by Jay Marmont.
18 January 2012 saw Football Federation Australia bring a Hyundai A-League match to Campbelltown Sports Stadium for the very first time. The stadium played host to Sydney FC V Perth Glory .
||Facility opened as Orana Park and became the home of the Kangaroo's Football Club and the Campbelltown Collegian's Athletics Club
||Became the home ground of the Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (Wests Magpies)
||Renamed Campbelltown Sportsground
| 6 June 1999
Official opening of the redeveloped facility which coincided with the renaming to Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
- Reshaping of the field from oval to rectangle.
- Eastern Grandstand additional seating, public amenities and corporate facilities
- An IAAF certified synthetic athletics track and associated facilities
($22million - funded by the NSW Government and Campbelltown City Council)
| 6 February 2000
||First ever Wests Tigers match was played at Campbelltown Sports Stadium verse Brisbane Broncos (24-24)
| 10 February 2002
||Campbelltown Athletics Centre hosted the 2002 Telstra A Series, an international athletics event.
| 15 February 2003
||Campbelltown Athletics Centre hosted the 2003 Telstra A Series, an international athletics event.
| 14 August 2005
||Ground Record 20,527 Wests Tigers Vs North Queensland Cowboys
||Upgrade to the football field lighting to meet TV standards
| 2 May 2010
Official opening of an $8million redevelopment
Wests Tigers V Sydney Roosters NRL match.
- Refurbishment of the player change rooms and amenities
- Installation of additional seating
- Improved media facilities
- Installation of additional public amenities
- Ticket booths and turnstile
|5 November 2011
||First motorcycle event held at Campbelltown Sports Stadium – Monster Energy Super X (Australasian Supercross Championship).
|18 January 2012
||First premiership A-League match between Sydney FC and Perth Glory
| Dec 14/Jan 15
||Campbelltown Sports Stadium hosted China PR football team in their AFC Asian Cup 2015 - pre event training camp. During this time China PR played an international friendly against Oman, which saw the first international football events held at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Chine won this match 4-0.
| 6 December 2015
|| Campbelltown City Christmas Carols was held at the Stadium for the first time
||Campbelltown Sports Stadium hosted three Western Sydney Wanderers Asian Champions League (ACL) round matches. The Asian Champions League is the premier club competition for football in Asia. The ACL saw the Western Sydney Wanderers play host to FC Seoul, Urawa Reds and Shanghai SIPG.
| 6 May 2017
||Campbelltown Sports Stadium hosted international rugby league matches featuring Cook Islands, Pupa New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and England in the Pacific Test Invitational. The match was considered a 'sell out' with a crowd of 18,271.