Stadium Australia was the venue for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Construction of the venue was completed in March 1999, with the first sporting event at the venue seeing a world record crowd for a rugby league match.
The 2000 Olympic Games were held at the venue from 22 September to 1 October. Amongst the highlights was Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m on 25 September, a night dubbed ‘Magic Monday’ and being widely regarded as one of the greatest nights of athletics in history. An above capacity crowd of 112, 524 witnessed the action.
Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre served as the warm up venue during the games and was connected via a tunnel that runs underneath Dawn Fraser Avenue.
The Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and the gold medal match of the men’s football competition were also held at the venue.
The Paralympic Games were held at the venue from 18 to 29 October, before the track was removed and re-laid onto the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Warm Up Track. The venue has since been used for domestic and international competition in rugby league, rugby union, soccer, AFL and cricket.
Aside from the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the following athletics events were held at Stadium Australia:
- 2000 Australian Open & U20 Track & Field Championships (24-27 February 2000)
- 2000 Australian Club Championships (27 February 2000)
- 2000 Host City Marathon (30 April 2000)
- 2000 NSW All Schools Championships 16-19 years (17-19 August 2000)
- 2000 Olympic Selection Trials (17-19 August 2000)