The NRL Match-Up: Best Grounds
We choose our favourite stadiums in the NRL.
With the NRL back bigger and better than ever, we thought we'd do what we do best at Finder and start comparing everything NRL. Each week we take a look at one aspect of the game, from the spectacular to the silly, to see who comes out on top.
With new kid on the block Bankwest Stadium making its Thursday night debut tonight, we pick out the best grounds in the league.
Finder's Thursday Night Football – Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers, 7:50pm AEST, Bankwest Stadium
Home is where the heart is and nowhere is this more apparent than at a football club's home ground. From flashy new stadiums to creaking old faithfuls, we pick out our favourite grounds in the NRL.
The newest addition to the stadium roster, Western Sydney Stadium has been an instant success. The 30,000-seater ground, which opened in April, replaced the demolished Parramatta Stadium as the home of the Eels.
With its rectangular shape and sloped seating, it offers spectators a great view from every seat in the house and has all the facilities expected of a modern football ground. The stadium will also be the part-time home of the Wests Tigers throughout the season, who suffered a humiliating 51-6 defeat to the Eels in the first ever game at the ground.
The spiritual home of rugby league north of the border, Suncorp is a veritable cathedral of the sport. It has been the home ground of the Brisbane Broncos since it was redeveloped in 2003, but the site can trace its heritage back to 1957 when it was taken over by the Brisbane Rugby League.
With a massive 52,500 capacity, Lang Park also boasts one of the best atmospheres in the NRL and its average attendance blows all competitors out of the water. It's also Queensland's Origin home, hosted both the 2008 and 2017 World Cup Finals, and made history this month when it hosted all 10 NRL games in the inaugural Magic Round.
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Home of the NRL's newest team, the Gold Coast Titans, Robina Stadium opened in 2008 and remains one of the best places to watch rugby league. Like Bankwest Stadium, the rectangular layout keeps fans close to the action and with a capacity of 27,400, is a good size for the typical NRL game.
It's also the venue that saw the NRL's strangest streaker, when a 3-foot brown snake made it onto the field during the Titans' clash with the Cowboys back in 2014.
Bankwest may be the impressive upstart, but it currently doesn't hold a candle to the institution that is Lang Park. No stadium in the country is as synonymous with the sport as Suncorp Stadium and that's unlikely to change anytime soon.
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