Allianz Stadium

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The Sydney Football Stadium, or the Allianz Stadium as it is currently known, was officially opened in 1988.

The ground was built to host major football, rugby union and rugby league games - with SCG, the city's premier sporting venue in the past, unsuitable because of its oval shape.

The stadium currently has a capacity of 45,500 - with the record attendance of 43,967 coming in 1994 for Australia's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Argentina.

The NSW Waratahs, Sydney FC, Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters currently call the ground home, while the South Sydney Rabbitohs have had two spells there in the past.

The gold medal match for the women's football in the 2000 Olympics was held there, while it has hosted World Cup games in both rugby codes.

The Lions are no strangers to the venue, either, having played there three times - including two Tests during the 1989 tour.

The Lions lost the opening Test 30-12 with Greg Martin, Lloyd Walker, Dominic Maguire and Scott Gourley scoring tries for the Wallabies - while Ieuan Evans' try in the third Test provide decisive in the third Test as the tourists clinched the series with a 19-18 win.

The other fixture saw the Lions beat the NSW Waratahs in 2001, although game is more likely to be remembered the serious facial injury suffered my Ronan O'Gara after his clash with Duncan McRae.

Fixture: v NSW Waratahs, June 15 (10.30am kick-off)
Previous Lions encounters: v NSW Waratahs W 41-24 (2001), v Australia L 12-30 (1989), v Australia W 19-18 (1989).
Did you know: Anthony Mundine beat Danny Green at Sydney Football Stadium in 2006 in a super-middleweight grudge match.

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