06 Jan 2016

NEW YEAR’S resolution: We will watch more elite sport because watching sport makes us happy . . . and we all like being happy.

This is your chance to ring in the New Year with a commitment that will have you kicking goals throughout 2016.

By joining NOW as an ANZ Stadium Member, you will immediately be allocated a premium seat for this week’s Liverpool Legends v Australian Legends football classic, plus the A-League game between Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets.

This week’s football double-header is the start of a monster year of sporting action at ANZ Stadium with the highlights including TWO State of Origin rugby league blockbusters, a US College Football extravaganza, Bledisloe Cup Test match rugby, an Easter Footy Fest and the NRL Grand Final.

You can guarantee a premium seat to every event at the Stadium by becoming an ANZ Stadium Member. To enquire about ANZ Stadium Membership, click here.

The Stadium will host major events across FIVE footy codes following confirmation that the opening regular-season game of the 2016 NCAA College Football Championships will be played at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 27 August.

The clash between two of the great American college teams, the University of California Golden Bears and University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, will double as the College Football Sydney Cup and will be the first American Football action on Australian soil since 1999.

The whole college football experience – complete with marching bands, cheerleaders, American Football colour and excitement – is coming to ANZ Stadium.

Just four months after that unforgettable 2015 NRL Grand Final, Rugby League returns to ANZ Stadium with the annual Charity Shield clash between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday 13 February.

It’s the start of a mighty year for Rugby League in Greater Sydney – the highlight of course being the twin State of Origin blockbusters, with Laurie Daley’s NSW Blues at their spiritual home of ANZ Stadium against the might of Queensland on Wednesday 1 June, before a potential series decider on Wednesday 13 July.

Dotted around the Origin blockbusters will be 26 regular-season NRL games featuring five famous Sydney clubs that call ANZ Stadium home – with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (9), South Sydney Rabbitohs (9), Wests Tigers (4), Parramatta Eels (2) and St George Illawarra (2) all locked in for crucial Sydney v Sydney clashes.

March promises to be a super month of sporting action at ANZ Stadium with an #EasterFootyFest featuring the annual Good Friday grudge match between the Rabbitohs and the Bulldogs on Good Friday 25 March, the Sydney Swans’ Round 1 clash with the Collingwood Magpies on Easter Saturday 26 March, and the Battle of the West – Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels – on Easter Monday 28 March.

The highlight of the 2016 Rugby Union season in Sydney will be the Bledisloe Cup clash between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks on Saturday 20 August – the first time the Wallabies will line up against the All Blacks since the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham on 1 November.

The Wallabies lowered the All Blacks’ colours in the 2015 Bledisloe Cup match at ANZ Stadium, with their 27-19 win also securing the 2015 Rugby Championship crown.

The Sydney Swans are scheduled for three regular-season AFL matches at ANZ Stadium in 2016, plus Finals matches

Greg Sleigh – ANZ Stadium’s General Manager of Events and Business Development, said Stadium Members, Corporate Guests and general Sydney sports fans could look forward to one of the great event years at ANZ Stadium in 2016.

“With a double serving of State of Origin action, the opening round match of the US College football season, Liverpool Legends versus Australian Legends, NRL and AFL blockbusters including the NRL Grand Final and Bledisloe Cup rugby, there’s a smorgasbord of footy action across five codes at ANZ Stadium in 2016,” Mr Sleigh said.

“The 2016 ANZ Stadium Event Calendar is in great shape... and there may well be more to come, so stay tuned.”

ANZ Stadium Members also get access to Sydney Thunder Big Bash League games* in Sydney Olympic Park and NSW Waratahs matches*

*Conditions apply