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Sydney Showground marks 20 years of events and experiences

Sydney Showground marks 20 years of events and experiences
February 15, 2018

20 years ago, then NSW Premier Bob Carr handed over the keys to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW as it took possession of the brand new Sydney Showground, ending its century long tenure at Sydney’s Moore Park.

The move was of course a precursor to Sydney’s hosting of the 2000 Olympic Games with Sydney Olympic Park the focus of international attention.

The new Sydney Showground would feature 22 new exhibition and event spaces across 30 hectares, the focal point being the main arena.

Across the past 20 years Sydney Showground has hosted Royalty, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2014, annual Sydney Royal Easter Shows, some attracting a million guests in a single year and hundreds of local and international exhibitions including the huge Reed AIMEX (Mining ) Expo.

Evidence of the excellence in customer service the Sydney Showground team provides is in the fact the very first exhibition client of the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, the AGHA Sydney Gift Fair will return this month and has been an exhibitor every year since 1998.

Sydney Showground continues to be popular venue for trade and consumer events and exhibitions, music festivals and incentive events.

Each year the variety and scope of these events continues to widen together with more hotels, better parking, regular train service and dozens of new bars and restaurants, all making Sydney Olympic Park a great destination.

Not only has the Sydney Showground been the home of the likes of the NRL’s Sydney Bulldogs, AFL’s GWS Giants, T20 Cricket’s Sydney Thunder and Football’s Western Sydney Wanderers, but this year alone will attract more international visitors and exposure by hosting high profile events such as X Games, the Irish Festival and the first hurling match ever held outside Ireland and has just been named as a host venue for the ICC Women’s T20 cricket World Cup in 2020.

Sydney Showground General Manager Peter Thorpe says he never ceases to be proud of the number and variety of events Sydney Showground hosts, commenting “Sydney Showground is a constantly evolving canvas.

“Every day there is a new idea or concept to challenge our team’s creativity and the amount of different industry awards won by the whole team over the years is testament to their success and ‘can do’ attitude.

“We would like to thank all of our loyal clients and guests for your support across the last exciting 20 years and look forward to many more years of creative events.” 

Images: Sydney Showgrounds (top); a ride at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (middle) and BBL action at Spotless Stadium (below).

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