Close to 800,000 fans have visited Sydney Olympic Park in recent months to experience the huge array of events at Sydney’s home of major events.
At Accor Stadium eight amazing shows – from Axl and Guns N’ Roses in late November through to Juicy Festival in early January featuring Nelly, Ne-Yo and Ja Rule, to Red Hot Chili Peppers and the consummate Post Malone early February, to the modern-day music icons Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles.
The event professionals at Sydney Olympic Park, across the venues, and the extraordinary team of individuals who bring the events of this kind to life while managing crowds of more than 90,000 people, make it looks easy. It is anything but.
Major events are in the DNA of Sydney Olympic Park, with over 24 years of experience in managing the biggest sport and entertainment crowds in Sydney.
In the space of just eight days during March, 320,000 fans turned out for two Ed Sheeran and two Harry Styles shows, 17 back to back shows at Qudos Bank Arena and many sold out shows at the Sydney Showground, with many of these shows happening concurrently.
Also, at Qudos Bank Arena, in front of 18,124 fans, the largest NBL crowd in history, the Sydney Kings defended their NBL title by defeating the New Zealand Breakers 77-69 in the fifth and final game of the championship series.
The collaboration with promoters, government agencies, police and emergency services, transport authorities, and the focus on the customer experience and the wellbeing and security of hundreds of thousands of people takes significant coordination and communication across many organisations.
Setting aside the exceptional benefits that major events bring to Sydney and NSW: driving the visitor economy, providing a boon for local business and creating a plethora of job opportunities . . . just how good is it that everyone can come together again.