Happy Birthday Suncorp

Happy Birthday Suncorp


Suncorp Stadium Turns 17!

On this Day 17 years ago, the first event was held at the newly re-developed Suncorp Stadium. June 1st 2003 saw the Brisbane Broncos take on the Newcastle Knights for the first match to be played on the Suncorp Stadium strip.

On that day, the Knights came away with the victory with a 32-22 win over the Broncos. The match included the likes of Darren Lockyer, Gorden Tallis, Shane Webcke, Petero Civoniceva for Brisbane while Newcastle fielded a team with Andrew Johns, Danny Buderus and Timana Tahu to name a few. Wayne Bennett and Michael Hagan coached the two teams.

A crowd of over 46,000 fans came along on the Sunday afternoon to experience the freshly redeveloped Stadium.


Since the opening, Suncorp has played host to:

  • World Cup games in Rugby League and Rugby Union

  • ​Multiple Grand Final Victories in Football and Rugby Union for the Brisbane Roar and St.George Qld Reds

  • Tours for some of the world's biggest bands and musicians​ including Queen, Phil Collins, U2 and more

  • ​World Championship Boxing

  • ​English Premier League Football

  • Finals action for the Brisbane Broncos

  • State of Origin Dynasties

  • Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship victories

  • And much, much more!

We'd like to say a big happy birthday to Suncorp Stadium and thaks to the team at Suncorp for their ongoing support of Queensland Live Events landscape!

​Read more about the History of the Suncorp Stadium on our website's Timeline Page!