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WESTS MAGPIES HOME GROUNDS

Wests Magpies have had a number of different home grounds over the years.

The club repeatedly shifted its home ground in an attempt to be located centrally to the moving population base of the Western Suburbs.

Finally the club made its biggest and boldest move to try and capture the massive growth area South West of Sydney, by moving its home ground to Campbelltown.

The image bellow shows a satellite photo of the greater Sydney area, and where each of the Western Suburbs Magpies home grounds were located.

 

Locations of Wests Home Grounds in Greater Sydney

 

ST LUKE'S PARK (1910 - 1911)

St Lukes Park was Wests first homeground. St Lukes was located where Concord Oval now resides.

 

 

PRATTEN PARK (1912 - 1966)

For over 50 years Pratten Park was the spiritual home of the Magpies. Praten Park was a very quaint suburban ground. The term stadium seems inappropriate. There is a small wooden and brick grandstand in the corner. The rest of the ground is surrounded by grass hills.

The opening ceremony of Pratten Park in 1912

Capacity: 15,000

Largest Crowd: 12,407 - 15th June 1964 vs St George Dragons

Address: Aurthur Street, Ashfield

 

 

LIDCOMBE OVAL (1967 - 1986)

Located in Lidcombe, a suburb of western Sydney, Lidcombe Oval was home to the Western Suburbs Magpies in the NSWRL between 1967 and 1986. The ground most epitomises the rough and tumble nature of the Magpies and Rugby League generally throughout the 1970s. It is famous as the setting for Ray Martin's infamous 60 Minutes report in 1979, which exposed Wests coach Roy Masters' tactics of face slapping and wall punching to psyche his players up before a match.

As the name suggests, the ground is oval in shape. A cycling track surrounds the playing field. There is a small old grandstand on the western side. The rest of the ground is surrounded by grass hills and wooden benched.

Lidcombe Oval's front Gates

Capacity: 21,000

Wests Magpies Home Ground: 1967 - 1986

Largest Crowd: 21,015 - 30th July 1978: vs Parramatta Eels

Address: Church St, Lidcombe

 

 

CAMPBELLTOWN SPORTS STADIUM (1987 - Present)

Campbelltown Stadium at Night

Wests biggest and boldest move was to Campbelltown (Orana Park) in 1987. The move was designed to secure the clubs future from threats of being kicked out by the NSWRL and to tap into the junior base located in the emerging Macarthur district.

The new Campbelltown Sports Stadium was officially opened on Sunday June 6, 1999. The renovations, which cost in excess of $22 million provide the Macarthur Area with a much needed new Rugby League Stadium and an Olympic Standard running track.

Major changes made to Campbelltown Stadium as a result of the re-development include a new Eastern Grandstand which includes 20 new Corporate Boxes, the reshaping of the playing surface from an oval to a rectangle, and a new playing surface. The Stadium's capacity was now approximately 21,000 spectators.

In 2008 the Stadium had a lighting upgrade removing the need for the hiring of additional lighting at great expense for night matches. The new 8 light towers now exceed the lighting requirements required for High Definition and 3D television coverage.

In 2010 the Stadium under went an 8 million dollar upgrade which resulted in seats being installed at the Northern and Southern ends of the ground and major upgrades to the Western Stand. The Western Stand now features improved corporate boxes, media facilities, new larger player change rooms and a corporate function room. An elevator was also installed to access all levels of the upgraded stand. A big screen tv was also installed at the Northern End of the ground.


Location
Campbelltown Sports Stadium is situated at the heart of the Campbelltown CBD. Accessibility to the stadium via public transport is made easy with a train station and buses within close proximity. (Leumeah Station)

Former Names: Orana Park, Campbelltown Sports Ground

Capacity: 21,000

Western Suburbs Magpies Home Ground: 1987 - Present Date
Wests Tigers Home Ground: 2000 - Present Date

Record Crowds:
20,527 (14th August 2005 - NRL - Wests Tigers VS North Queensland Cowboys)
19,901 (2nd May 2010 - NRL - Wests Tigers vs Sydney Roosters)
17,286 (2nd August 1991 - NSWRL - Western Suburbs Magpies vs St George Dragons)
16,605 (6th June 1999 - NRL - Western Suburbs Magpies vs Balmain Tigers)

Address: Cnr Pembroke Road & Rose Payten Drive, Leumeah NSW 2560

Owner: Campbelltown City Council

STADIUM FEATURES

# Legend couch playing surface
# Sand based profile and substructure
# Fully catered corporate box facilities
# Two covered grandstands - seating capacity of 10,000 people
# Open grandstand seating - seating capacity of 3,500 people
# Elevated spectator 'Berms' seating an additional 7,500 people
# Disabled Access and Carers Seating
# Elevator Access to the Western Grandstand
# Full player facilities
# Identified corporate lounge and media interview area
# corporate Function Room
# Full media facilities
# Full event operations facilities
# Fully intergrated PA system to entire facility
# Floodlighting of the Football Ground for night games

 


WESTS TIGERS HOME GROUNDS

Campbelltown Sports Stadium (2000 - Present)

Leichhardt Oval (2000 - Present)

Stadium Australia (2005 - 2008)

Sydney Football Stadium (2009 - 2012)


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