Sydney Football Stadium
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Architect Philip Cox, Richardson and Taylor
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Location Sydney, Australia   map
Date 1986 to 1988   timeline
Building Type athletic stadium, football (soccer)
 Construction System steel exo-trusses
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Dramatic, roller-coaster shaped roof over stands.






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Site Plan Drawing

Discussion Sydney Football Stadium Commentary

"Built adjacent to the world-famous Sydney Cricket Ground, this spectacular stadium accommodates all types of football at national and international level. It is described locally as the Sydney 'roller coaster' and is one of Cox's most visually exciting structures. It can hold almost 40,000 spectators. Its curved forms—developed by Arup's—are accentuated by the giant ribbon of steel sheet roof that sweeps up above the 3- or 5-storey boxed stands and then down over the lower-level terraces. The roof is supported on a series of steel trusses, which in turn carry the weight of the roof down concrete-encased stanchions. The ribbon roof itself is continuous and sweeps up over the east and west enclosure stand, dipping down over the lower terraces to the north and south of the ground."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p398.

Sources on Sydney Football Stadium

Graham Jahn. "Stretched Muscles", Architectural Record. June 1991, Volume 179, Number 6. p74. drawing of site plan, p78. drawing of section, p78.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior, interior photos, small plan and elevation drawings, p398. — Available at

Jennifer Taylor. "Philip Cox's Bicentennial Buildings for Sydney", The Architectural Review, November 1988. Vol. CLXXXIV No.1100. Color photo of roof of Sydney Football Stadium as seen from upper level, f3, p66. Middle of page.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Sydney Football Stadium


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