International Stadium turns 21
IN 1992 a Federal Government grant of $2 million was awarded to Coffs Harbour City Council that "changed the playing field" of our city.
A forward-thinking group of dedicated community members, councillors and council staff banded together and created the concept of a multi-sport stadium, a vision that has seen the city become one of the most popular sports tourism destinations in NSW.
During the past 21 years, the stadium has been host to many major events and Coffs Coast firsts, and is used all year round for local school events such as football, athletics, touch, AFL, rugby and league.
Of course, none of this could happen without the stadium's loyal and dedicated band of selfless volunteers and the support of the community.
STADIUM'S MAJOR MILESTONES
25 June 1994 - Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium officially opened by Senator Michael G Forshaw, Senator for NSW
1995 - First NRL & AFL preseason trials
1995 - First rodeo conducted at stadium
1997 - First Sydney Swans Camp
1997 - First National Touch Title (Seniors & Under 18s)
1997 - Aust Women's Soccer Squad plays trial games
1998 - Aust Masters Games
1998 - Stadium Board reports that events at the stadium such as touch football, rugby league games and cricket have benefited the community to the tune of monies in excess of $10 million
1999 - Baseball Country Titles
2000 - Olympic Torch Relay
2000 - Australian Wallabies Rugby Union - training for two years
2001 - Coaching/corporate boxes, PA system, two mobile kitchens installed.
2001 - Oceania World Cup elimination rounds. (Crowd 14,500).
2001 - British Lions v NSW Country Cockatoos Union (Crowd 10,000).
2001 - Aust Veterans Women's hockey champs.
2002 - ING Cup Cricket SA v NSW
2003 - State Little Athletics Champs
2003 - 16th Aust Sikh Games
2003 - Eastern University Games
2003 - National Fire Brigade Champs
2005 - A-League Soccer Trial Games
2005 - Crusty Demons
2006 - Development of Western Fields
2006 - BCU becomes Stadium Naming Rights Sponsor
2006 - First NSW OZTAG state titles
2006 - First FFA National Youth Championships
2007 - 20/20 NSW Legends Cricket Match
2007 - CCSLP1 Flood light Installation
2007 - Ulysses Motorcycle AGM registration centre
2007 - Country v City NRL
2007 - Beijing Olympic Qualifiers featuring Matildas Football Team
2007 - First National OZTAG Championships
2008 - The Australian Frisbee Championships
2008 - Centenary of Rugby League Celebration
2008 - Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games
2009 - First Coffs Coast Rugby Challenge
2010 - First AFL Under 18s State Zone Trials
2011 - Upgrade of stadium floodlighting launched at Rabbitohs v Titans preseason game
2011 - AFL NAB Challenge Swans v St Kilda
2011 - ACA Masters Cricket
2013 - Officially renamed C.ex Coffs International Stadium
2013 - NRL Country v City (TV live broadcast)
2013 - Nitro Circus (12,000)
2014 - Stadium scoreboard upgrade
2014 - WRC Coates World Rally Service Park Headquarters
2015 - OZTAG Junior State Cup
2015 - AFL NAB Challenge Swans v Lions (TV live broadcast)
2015 - Touch World Cup 2015
2015 - CCSLP 2 Floodlights Installed
A LETTER FROM THE MAYOR
CONGRATULATIONS to the C.ex Coffs International Stadium on its coming of age.
The stadium has been a phenomenal success for the city and community of Coffs Harbour.
It has brought world-class sport and world-class professionals into our midst where they have proved a huge inspiration for our youth, as well as players and fans of all ages.
It has also injected many, many millions of dollars into the regional economy over the years by bringing thousands of visitors to the area.
The stadium's versatility as a sporting ground is legendary - and has been proved time and time again by the variety of sports that have been played there.
There is no doubt now that Coffs Harbour's C.ex Coffs International Stadium is seen as the regional venue of choice for almost all sporting codes.
So the biggest congratulations should go to all those who have been involved in the Stadium's development over the years into the fantastic venue we have today.
Their vision - and that of the current and former stadium members- has taken the stadium to where it is today.
Happy 21st C.ex Coffs International Stadium!
Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Denise Knight