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Published August 2nd 2015
There's sport, well a lot of sport, but there's lots of other events to entertain you from now until the close of 2015. Music and mayhem feature among races and sprints at this iconic venue in Sydney Olympic Park.
These months are all about sport. A few premiership rounds are left of the NRL and these will be followed by the finals series with teams battling it out to get to the Grand Final. AFL finals as well are on here and sure to draw the fans of this predominantly Southern states' game. A calendar with all the dates can be found on the website.
The big event in August is the Bledisloe Cup between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks on the 8th of the month. The Aussies are keen to break a 13 year drought and give it their all. Whichever way the game goes, it's sure to be entertaining. I was given some tickets to this a few years back and had never seen these teams in action but I enjoyed it even though I'm not a fan. The crowd and the atmosphere gets you in the spirit and I found myself barracking just as hard as die-hard fans. Decked out in a Wallabies scarf and beanie in the cold of winter, I loved the 'Mexican wave' that went right around the stadium with everyone participating. It was something I hadn't experienced before.
Centre image courtesy of Bledisloe Cup Facebook page
The NRL Grand Final kicks off on the 4th with eighty minutes of heart-pumping tension and exhilaration as the top 2 go head to toe in the Telstra Premiership. Entertainment, along with flags, streamers, banners and mascots in team colours, brings the arena and the stands to life.
Souths - 2014 winners of the Telstra Premiership (Image courtesy of ANZ Stadium Facebook page)
This event brings the football to an end for another year, however, it is by no means the closing down of the stadium. After the first successful Spartan Race in February, we see a return on the 10th of this popular obstacle event with a new Stadium Super Race and a Stadium Sprint. It's sure to test your strength and endurance, with your skills being pushed to the limit. More obstacles and never before seen ones this time will see you get wet, climb walls and finish ninja style. You can participate on your own or get a team together. Some great prizes are available for the winners and runner ups.
Next is Monster Jam on the 17th with the mayhem of the biggest performers on four wheels flying over and crashing through obstacles. These colourful monster trucks with equally colourful names, such as Grave Digger, Zombie and El Toro Loco, will entertain the whole family as they tear around the custom-designed track. A variety of stunts and tricks will have you in awe with trucks trying to hit the most obstacles, perform the best sky wheelies and donuts. Cars and caravans are part of the obstacles on ground level. We saw a cow fly through the sky in the Twister disaster movie, perhaps we'll see a caravan fly here with the force of these trucks. Some surprises also await that provide a 'wow' factor.
A pre-show, Party in the Pits, will let you get up close with the trucks and the drivers. Meet and get autographs from the stars of the show and have your photo taken with your favourite truck. A separate ticket is needed for this, which gives you access to food and beverage concessions plus official merchandise.
It's music month and two mammoth acts are performing. First is AC/DC, affectionately known as Acca Dacca, with their high voltage rock and roll shows on the 4th and the 7th. Who can forget the classic Highway to Hell and the tribute album to Bon Scott, Back in Black.
This Rock or Bust World Tour will sell out quick. Box office records were smashed when they last toured Australia in 2010. It was only minutes and tickets were sold out. Relive the magic and experience the new, it's going to be a killer atmosphere.
Taylor Swift, a very different artist singing country to pop and making millions off broken relationships, will hit the stage in the stadium on the 28th as part of her 1989 World Tour. Named after her latest album, it is sure to be a blockbuster with her storytelling and visuals leaving hearts a fluttering.
So what else is there?
Stadium Tours are available and give you looks at the venue from different perspectives. The Gantry Tour gives you a birds-eye view 45 metres above the stadium arena on the intricate steel pathway below the roof. Discover the spaces and facts that most spectators aren't aware of and see the state of the art lighting installations and sound system.
If you're afraid of heights then the Explore Tour on the stadium's shuttle buggy will be more to your liking. It goes down to the players' change rooms and the entry tunnel leading to the field of play, ending with photo opportunities on the original Sydney Olympic medal podium.
Other tours include a Technical Tour for students, a Stadium Precinct Tour and the Three Venue Experience that takes in the stadium, the Athletic Centre and the Aquatic Centre.