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McDonald Jones Stadium
McDonald Jones Stadium, Turton Road, Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia
Originally opened in 1970 by Queen Elizabeth II as the International Sports Centre, McDonald Jones Stadium has undergone a number of name changes over the years. Home to the Hunter region’s two premier sporting clubs, Newcastle Knights (NRL) and Newcastle Jets (A-League), the stadium has also played host to its fair share of international Rugby and Soccer matches too.
McDonald Jones Stadium, formerly known as Ausgrid Stadium/EnergyAustralia Stadium is the centrepiece of the Hunter Venues sports precinct. Originally known as the International Sports Centre, it was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 10th of April 1970.
In April 2011 in time for the first Knights home game that season, the redeveloped Western Grandstand was open for business. The new grandstand features an additional 13,500 seats, 20 corporate suites, 5 function rooms, 8 food and beverage outlets as well as world renowned player change room and media facilities. These facilities have won several building and construction industry awards, including the 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards for engineers Aurecon and the redevelopment project was recognised as the Newcastle winner of a Master Builders Association award for Commercial Projects Over $20 Million in 2011. Today, with the completion of the Western Grandstand, Hunter Stadium has a capacity of 33,000 people.
In 2014 McDonald Jones Stadium was granted funding to upgrade the stadium pitch for the AFC Asian Cup in January 2015. McDonald Jones Stadium hosted four AFC Asian Cup, two draw matches and two semi-final matches and was lucky enough to host the Socceroos winning semi -final match against UAE which took them into the grand final.
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