Brisbane’s Top Sporting Events

Brisbane plays host to several sporting events in the course of the year. In the city, sports form a significant aspect of the lifestyle of visitors and residents alike. Some of the sporting events that are prevalent in the city range from the following:

  • International events, which are occasional
  • Annual competitions
  • Competitive leagues
  • Individual recreational activities

The city is home to some famous sporting teams that compete with others at the national level and these include Brisbane Bullets, Brisbane Broncos and Brisbane Lions. The Brisbane City Council enables the events to take place by providing various sporting facilities.

Some of the sporting facilities include 20 swimming pools open to the public all over the city. If you love biking, choose from several kilometers of bikeways in the city. The two biggest sports venues in the city are Brisbane Cricket Ground (The Gabba) and Suncorp Stadium.

The most popular and loved spectator sport in Brisbane is rugby league. Other popular sports with spectators in the city include rugby union, Australian Rules football, football or soccer and cricket. Recently, martial arts have been growing in popularity across the city.

Brisbane has several teams that take part in national competitions in different sporting events. For example, the local team that takes part in baseball under the Australian Baseball League, which is the national competition, is Brisbane Bandits.

The teams that take part in Australian Hockey League yet located in Brisbane include Queensland Blades and Queensland Scorchers. As for cricket, the local teams that compete with others nationally include Queensland Bulls, Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire.

The most famous sporting venues in the city are;

  1. Suncorp Stadium
  2. Brisbane Cricket Ground or The Gabba
  3. QSAC, which refers to Queensland Sport and Athletics Center
  4. Brisbane Exhibition Ground
  5. Ballymore
  6. Perry Park
  7. Langlands Park
  8. Lakeside Part
  9. Queensland Tennis Center
  10. Victoria Park

In the past, Brisbane has played host to some of the top sporting events globally. For example, it hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games while in 1987 the city was chosen to host as the venue for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

In 1992, Brisbane was the host of 3 matches of the Cricket World Cup. During the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the city was chosen to host the football matches. The Goodwill Games of 2001 were held within the city.

Similarly, during the Rugby World Cup of 2003, Brisbane hosted several matches, which included one of the quarter finals. The city opened its gates to host the Indoor Cricket World Cup, which took place in 2009 and saw Australian teams emerging victorious in all divisions.

Currently, an annual Test Cricket match takes place at Brisbane Cricket Ground. The first test match on the ground was between Australia and South Africa, which took place from November 27 to December 3, 1931.

Over the years, Brisbane Cricket Ground has been used to host several sporting events apart from Test Cricket matches. In addition to cricket matches, other sporting events that have taken place at The Gabba include the following:

  • Athletics
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Baseball
  • Concerts
  • Cycling
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Football/Soccer
  • Pony
  • Greyhound Races

Rugby League State of Origin is a football series that takes place at the Suncorp Stadium each year. The series involves two representative sides, which are Queensland “The Maroons” and “The Blues” from New South Wales, who compete in a best-of-three series to find the winner.

Fun runs and walks are popular in the city as well. For example, St. Paul’s school in Brisbane will host The Holt Bolt Race 1, which is due to start on February 21, 2016. Cycle of Giving is a cycling event that will be held in Brisbane to raise funds for Prince Charles Hospital.

The Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival will take place at the Doomben Racecourse in the city from May 7, 2016. In addition to these, other sporting events that you can watch at different venues while in Brisbane include the following:

  • Australian Baseball League, which accords you the chance to support Brisbane Bandits as they compete with other teams at the Holloway Field
  • National Basketball League, which provides the opportunity to support Brisbane Bullets as they compete with other basketball teams at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center
  • Australian National Water Polo League, which takes place at Musgrave Park Swimming Center and provides the opportunity to support Brisbane Barracudas in water polo
  • National Rugby League, which involves going to Suncorp Stadium for a chance to cheer Brisbane Broncos while they compete with other rugby league sides
  • Australian Football League, which is the main competition for teams such as Brisbane Lions to compete with others and emerge the best in Australian Rules Football playing at The Gabba
  • Australian Hockey League, which allows you to extend your support to either Queensland Scorchers or Queensland Blades when the sides play at Queensland State Hockey Center
  • Big Bash League, which is a national competition for cricket teams such as Brisbane Heat that plays at The Gabba
  • Women’s National Cricket League, which involves local teams such as Queensland Fire that plays their matches against other cricket teams at the Allan Border Field
  • Commonwealth Bank Trophy, which is a national netball competition that involves teams such as Queensland Firebrands that plays at the Chandler Arena
  • Super Rugby, which is the main competition for teams such as Queensland Reds that play at the Suncorp Stadium while competing with other teams to be the best in rugby union
  • International V8 Supercars Championship, which takes place at the Queensland Raceway and involves teams such as Triple Eight Race Engineering that want to be the best in motorsport

The indisputable fact is that Brisbane is home to several sporting events that attract audiences from the city, Australia and other parts of the world. For this reason, visit the city and you will not regret this decision because of the numerous sporting events that will keep you busy.