he Olympic Stadium held its first gig when a double-header rugby league fixture was played there on Saturday 6th March, 1999. In the first match Newcastle hammered Manly by 41-18 and in the evening match Parramatta easily accounted for St. George-Illawarra by 20-10. The crowd was in excess of 104,000 and was the first test for transport to and from the Stadium which has a capacity of 110,000, making it the biggest Olympic Stadium ever.
The stadium is 58 metres high. or about 14 storeys.
At peak times 24 trains per hour will pull into Olympic Park station.
Beside, the footie games, the crowd was entertained by Human Nature, Marcia Hines, a 1,000 member choir and a laser and fireworks show.
Catering for the above extravaganza included 42,000 Meat Pie, 25,000 sausage rolls, 12,000 portions of fish and chips and 15,000 gourmet sausages. Desert was 500kg of fruit salad.
This lot was prepared in the 15 kitchens in the stadium. There are 72 food concessions and 7,200 corporate-plated meals were served by 1,475 casual staff.
To wash it down the 53 bars dispensed 85,000 schooners of beer per hour. 3,500 kegs of beer covered this event and it took 70 kegs of beer just to fill the beer lines alone.
Soft drink dispensers were stocked with 22,400 litres of Coca-Cola syrup.
There are over 1,500 toilets in the Stadium and portable loos spread around the vicinity of the Stadium. Not a dunny in sight when you need one doesn't apply here.
There are 1,000 seats for disabled people.
Rain water is collected on the Stadium roof and stored to be used for toilets and irrigation purposes.
Energy Australia handed out fluorescent cyalume sticks so the crowd could participate in the Lights On ceremony.
The stadium cost $690 million to build and in March ' 99, the 27th, hosted a Bee Gees concert with Wendy Matthews as the warm-up act.