Sport

Brisbane’s fantastic lifestyle has bred some world-class sporting champions. As proud Queenslanders, the people of Brisbane are passionate about sport. As well as being known as good sports, Brisbane people also love playing and watching sport.

Whether they’re cheering on our formidable State of Origin heroes or the mighty Brisbane Broncos rugby league team at Suncorp Stadium, watching the Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre, or a Test match at the state's home of cricket, "The Gabba", the crowds are as large as they are lively. As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane is home to some of the most hallowed sporting venues in our nation … our Greeters can take you there! Experiences may include:


Suncorp Stadium at Lang Park

Suncorp Stadium

It’s The Cauldron to the fans. Outside the main entrance you’ll see bronze statues of three Queensland rugby league warriors, including Wally Lewis – former captain of Queensland and the Broncos, a legendary player hailed The Emperor of Lang Park.

The other statues are of equally well-known Queensland icons Arthur Beetson and Darren Lockyer. Suncorp Stadium boasts a capacity of 52,000 and is regarded as one of the best rugby league and rugby union stadiums in the world, often favourably compared to Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium in Wales. The grandstands have also echoed to the roars and applause of music fans, with acts such as Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi rocking Suncorp Stadium.

The Gabba Cricket Ground

The Gabba

Known formally as the Brisbane Cricket Ground, the "Gabba" – named after the suburb of Woolloongabba in which it stands – is the spiritual home of Brisbane cricket and hosted its first match in 1896. It is also home to the Brisbane Lions Australian Football League team, its comparatively compact size making it one of the more intimate AFL venues.

Test cricket was first played at the ground in November 1931, the first Test of a series between Australia and South Africa. Australia won, with the legendary Don Bradman batting at No.3 and hitting 226 runs. Australia's Michael Clarke holds the record for number of runs scored in one Test innings at The Gabba, with an unbeaten 259. The Gabba was also the first Australian venue to host an International Twenty20 cricket match – it’s both a monument to the city’s sporting past, and a symbol of its future.

Queensland Tennis Centre

Queensland Tennis Centre

Pat Rafter, Rod "Rocket" Laver, Roy Emerson, Geoff Masters, Mal Anderson, Ross Case, Ken Fletcher, Wendy Turnbull and Daphne Seeney – it’s a Who’s Who of tennis champions and they are all from Queensland. Given the state’s rich tennis heritage, Brisbane needed a world-class facility and it gained just that in 2009 with the opening of the Queensland Tennis Centre in suburban Tennyson.

Easily accessible by rail, this $82 million facility is enormously popular with tennis fans, and the Brisbane International, held in January, is now chosen by increasing numbers of international players as the launch pad for the upcoming season. UK champion Andy Murray successfully defended his Brisbane International crown against Grigor Dimitrov here in 2013, playing in front of a capacity crowd in the Pat Rafter Arena. The centre also houses an impressive collection of tennis memorabilia.