Stepped down at the conclusion of the club's 2020 season due to personal health issues. Carlton, Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Richmond and Essendon moved to south-east Queensland; and Collingwood, Hawthorn, Geelong and Melbourne moved to New South Wales. [40], The Gold Coast District Cricket Club was formed in 1990 and shared tenancy of Carrara Stadium with the Brisbane Bears. [50] The stadium served as the venue for the last leg of the Kiss Farewell Tour and Thayer would later replace Frehley as the lead guitarist in the band.

There are grounds no longer in use that were once regular playing grounds, such as Wavery, Victoria Park (Collingwood), Princes Park (Carlton, Hawthorn), Subiaco Oval (West Coast and Fremantle). The 2020 Australian Football League season was the 124th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 31st under the name "Australian Football League", having changed from "Victorian Football League" after the 1989 season. The Lions won the right to host the match, but Carrara Stadium was used because the Lions' preferred venue, the Brisbane Cricket Ground, was unavailable. On 15 March 2011, the Gold Coast Football Club announced that nationally active home builder group Metricon Homes had signed a $3 million, 5-year deal for naming rights of Carrara Stadium, to be known henceforth as Metricon Stadium. [42] Gower and Morris also posed for press photographs with the plane later that afternoon. [31], Throughout the season, matches were played for a shortened length of 16 minutes plus time on per quarter, instead of 20 minutes plus time on. [48][49] The new rescheduled fixture was released gradually through the season, often at short notice, to allow the fixture to respond to developments in the spread of the virus. The next night saw rock legend Alice Cooper perform at the stadium. Clubs. [12] In response to the NRL move, the AFL scheduled three AFL 'home games' for the North Melbourne Football Club and a NAB Cup match for Carrara in 2007, and the Queensland State League began hosting grand finals there. [8] With the collapse of Skase's company Qintex, he would flee to Spain and the cost of the floodlights continued to be unpaid. They continued to use the ground until the end of the 1998 NRL season when they were excluded from the competition as a part of the rationalisation of the National Rugby League. disclaimer There are also occasional games played at other stadiums, such as the interstate games and overseas games. ©1997-2020 Topend Sports Network The Titans would play ten games at Carrara in 2007 and miss the finals. During the peak of the hiatus, players were allowed to train only within the strict limits of the government restrictions on public gatherings; at the height of the pandemic in April and May, when gatherings larger than two were restricted, which meant players could train only in pairs. In 2005 the NRL announced that a licence would be awarded to the Gold Coast Titans, and that the stadium would be their home ground in 2007[5] until the completion of the Robina Stadium, which was opened in 2008. [13], In 2006 it was announced the North Melbourne Football Club would play nine home games at Carrara between the 2007–2009 seasons. Former KISS lead guitarist and foundation band member Ace Frehley revealed in his 2011 autobiography that he punched then-tour manager Tommy Thayer in the jaw while in the dressing room at the conclusion of the Gold Coast concert in 2001. [52], Queen + Adam Lambert played at the stadium on 29 February 2020 in the final concert of their Australian leg of The Rhapsody Tour and pulled a record crowd of 40,000 attendees. ANZ Stadium hasn't hosted an AFL game since the 2016 qualifying final between Sydney and GWS, when 60,000 people turned up to see the Giants win their first final. The first major fixturing challenge occurred in the aftermath of Round 4, when a spike in Victorian COVID-19 cases prompted other states to either impose tighter quarantine restrictions on Victorians, or defer the relaxation of restrictions already in place. Balboa Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers (1961-1967) San Diego Stadium home of the San Diego Chargers (1968-1969) Gator Bowl home of the AFL All-Star game (1967-1968) Legion Field home of an AFL regular-season game (1968) Tampa Stadium, home of an AFL regular-season game (1969) Following the 2007 AFL season the AFL offered the Kangaroos a $100 million package to relocate from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and be based out of Carrara.

Restrictions imposed by the different state governments related to social distancing, lockdowns of non-essential services which lasted for three months across the country, and border controls for interstate and international travel, all had significant effects on the completion of the 2020 season.

[25][26] The ground recorded its biggest ever crowd when 24,032 people watched the Suns play Collingwood in Round 16 of the 2014 AFL season, a game the Suns won by 5 points. Subsequently, the Kangaroos games played at Carrara after the announcement suffered poor crowds. [38][39] The record crowd was broken in 2014 when 24,032 attended the Suns' Round 16 game against Collingwood, which the Suns won by five points despite losing their captain Gary Ablett to a season-ending shoulder injury. Carrara Stadium (known commercially as Metricon Stadium) is a sporting venue on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, located in the suburb of Carrara.

[8] The new owner of the Bears, Reuben Pelerman, lost a further $10 million between the 1990–1992 AFL seasons, and the Bears moved permanently to the Brisbane Cricket Ground in 1993,[5] staving off media rumours of a merger with fellow cellar-dwellers, the Sydney Swans, to form a combined Queensland/New South Wales team, the Northern Swans, or a relocation to either Tasmania or Port Adelaide.

[55] The agreement has since been extended to the end of 2022. It’s the first time a Grand Final will be held outside Victoria in 123 years. Following that announcement, Christopher Skase orchestrated the installation of floodlights costing $6 million, which were never paid for. When the league returned to training and playing, it was done with strict, enforceable protocols and monitoring in place to ensure that the clubs would not suffer a virus outbreak, and that any virus cases could be contained with minimal impact to the wider competition. Home Matches Results AFL AFLW Marsh Series VFL SANFL WAFL Stadiums View Sport.. AFL Football Athletics Baseball Basketball Cricket Cycling Football Golf Hockey Horse Racing Motorsport Netball Other Sports Rugby League Rugby Union Swimming Tennis View Comp..