WIN Stadium

Key Facts

Address WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres, Cnr Crown and Harbour Streets, Wollongong
Capacity 23,000 seats
Build Date 1911
Record Attendance 19,608 (St. George Illawarra vs Cronulla-Sutherland, 2005)

Wollongong, NSW Australia

Description

Wollongong Showground (also referred to as WIN Stadium) is a stadium located in Wollongong, Australia. This multi-purpose stadium was built in 1911. It was the permanent home of the Illawarra Steelers NRL team during 1982-1998. Currently, it is the home of the St George Illawarra Dragons R.L.C. that shares the stadium along with Wollongong Wolves. Its total capacity is 23,000 people.

In 1982, when the Illawarra Steelers became one of the teams participating in the NSWRFL premiership, all of their games were held at Wollongong Showground. The southern stand was constructed in 1992. In 1997, the naming rights were purchased by WIN TV.

The renovation of the stadium that cost $8 million was completed in the spring of 2002. Half of all the expenses were covered by WIN Corporation. A new Northern Grandstand was constructed as well. It had 6,000 seats, which allowed increasing the total capacity of the stadium.

In 2006, it was planned to build the new Western stand with 2,500 seats, media facilities, corporate boxes, and food/beverage outlets. There was planned to be a 4-star hotel, allowing fans to watch various sports events indoor. However, NSW State Government did not accept the redevelopment. In 2009, it was announced that a new Western stand would be built with a simpler design than the original plan.

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