Allphones Arena (Sydney Superdome)

Homebush, Sydney, New South Wales

Allphones Arena is a wholly enclosed, fully air conditioned arena with seating for up to 20,000 people – the largest indoor multipurpose hall in the Southern Hemisphere. It has been designed as a completely flexible entertainment and sports facility permitting a diverse range of performances from basketball to ice hockey, rock concerts to circuses.

The Complex also includes a separate warm-up court, capable of holding up to 1,000 spectators, which can operate independently from the main foyer as a function and exhibition space. The adjoining car park, with space for 3,500 cars, is the largest parking structure in the Southern Hemisphere.

The facility has been realised as a long, horizontal and translucent building, scaled to unify with a lightweight verandah structure that wraps around two sides of the dome. Because the scale of the Arena can only be appreciated from one location, a system of tall mast structures, visible from all surrounds, was developed around the stadium, like a coronet. As a result the total complex appears delicate and permeable, in contrast to typically solid indoor sports centres.

The appearance is accentuated by a thin line of cantilevered and free-standing colonnade edges that are supported by fine, tree-column structures. The cable-suspended, truss roof system appears equally delicate, yet spans 150 by 120 metres.

  • Awards
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Silver Medal, IOC/IAKS Awards 2003

Honours, BHP Steel Awards 2000

Construction Practices Award, Banksia National Enviornmental Awards 1999 (Abigroup)

In association with
Devine deFlon Yaeger
Abigroup Contractors
Project Status
Completed, 1997-1999
Key Consultants
Taylor Thomson Whitting, Norman Disney & Young
Contractor / Builder
Abigroup Contractors
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