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Encyclopedia > Dairy Farmers Stadium
Dairy Farmers Stadium
Dairy Farmers

Location Thuringowa, Queensland
Broke ground 1994
Opened 1994
Owner Queensland Government
Operator Major Sports Facilities Authority
Surface Grass
Construction cost $11,030,000 (2005/6 redevelopment)
Former names Willows Sports Complex
Stockland Stadium
Malanda Stadium
Tenants
North Queensland Cowboys
Capacity
25,000

Dairy Farmers Stadium is a rugby league sports stadium situated in Thuringowa, Queensland, Australia. It is the home ground of the National Rugby League club the North Queensland Cowboys. For sponsorship reasons, the stadium was previously known as Stockland Stadium (1995-1998) and Malanda Stadium (1999). Image File history File linksMetadata 14-05-2005-dairy_farmers_at_dusk. ... Thuringowa is a city in northern Queensland, Australia that covers the northern and western parts of the urban area usually referred to as Townsville. ... Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Peter Beattie (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd)  - Product per capita  $40,170/person (6th) Population (End of November 2006)  - Population  4,164,590 (3rd)  - Density  2. ... The form of the Government of Queensland is prescribed in its Constitution, which dates from 1859, although it has been amended many times since then. ... The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in Townsville, Queensland. ... Rugby league football (often shortened to rugby league) is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... Thuringowa is a city in northern Queensland, Australia that covers the northern and western parts of the urban area usually referred to as Townsville. ... Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Peter Beattie (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd)  - Product per capita  $40,170/person (6th) Population (End of November 2006)  - Population  4,164,590 (3rd)  - Density  2. ... The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. ... The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in Townsville, Queensland. ...

Contents

History

Willows Sporting Complex

Prior to 1995 the stadium site was occupied by the Willows Sporting Complex. It hosted trotting paceway nights, and was the main pacing venue for the Townsville and Thuringowa District. With the admission of the North Queensland Cowboys to the Australian Rugby League competition in 1995, the Willows site was transformed into a basic rugby league venue with a western and eastern grandstand as well as eastern side terraces. The northern and southern ends were sloped grass hills. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The Australian Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in Australia. ...


Stockland Stadium

The Willows Sports Complex was renamed 'Stockland Stadium' in 1995 through sponsorship linked with the North Queensland Cowboys. A contract was signed by the Stockland Trust Group for three years giving them the naming rights of the venue. The Joint Board of the old Willows Sports Complex (Townsville City Council and Thuringowa City Council) sub-leased the facility to the Cowboys Rugby League Football Limited, who manage the venue on a day to day basis. The first stage of development was funded by a combination of borrowings by the Joint Board, the Queensland Government Grants and a considerable amount of Community and Business donations. The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in Townsville, Queensland. ... The City of Townsville is a Local Government Area (LGA) in the Australian city of Townsville, North Queensland. ... Thuringowa is a city in northern Queensland, Australia that covers the northern and western parts of the urban area usually referred to as Townsville. ... The form of the Government of Queensland is prescribed in its Constitution, which dates from 1859, although it has been amended many times since then. ...


The stadium was first used for any type of football for the North Queensland Cowboys first home game which attracted a crowd of 23,156, a good crowd by Australian Rugby League (now National Rugby League) standards. Crowds continued to push the capacity of the stadium and in 1996 the Stoackland Stadium was renovated to include both northern and southern seating, where previously there had been only standing room. The Australian Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in Australia. ... The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Stockland discontinued their sponsorship after three years of support which paved the way for the current sponsor, 'Dairy Farmers Limited' who have badged the venue 'Malanda Stadium'.


Malanda Stadium

Season 1998 saw the stadium renamed with a new sponsorship deal 'Malanda Stadium'. But after it's opening season the Dairy Milk corporation felt it more appropriate to rename the stadium 'Dairy Farmers Stadium' (1998-current) after Dairy Farmers bought out the Malanda Milk corporation. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Dairy Farmers Stadium

Many stages of redevelopment were taken on and gradually completed over the Cowboys growing success. The venue had changed from a disused Harness Racing facility to the current complex. The management and operation of the stadium was handed over to the Major Sports Facilities Authority in December 2003 in the hope for more cash inflow and government spending.


In 2005 the eastern terraces were extended, a new replay screen invested, public address system installed, 30 more corporate boxes and upgraded catering facilities as part of the funding injection. The lighting facilities were upgraded for night time broadcasts and the money didn't stop there. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


2006 saw the eastern, northern and southern grandstands receiving even further upgrades with the fitting of extra seating and the eastern terrace was extended completely taking over the old eastern hill. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Attendance records

Crowd Date Event Sport
30,302 29 April 1999 North Queensland Cowboys v. Brisbane Broncos rugby league
30,250 8 August 1998 North Queensland Cowboys v. Brisbane Broncos rugby league
30,122 5 April 1997 North Queensland Cowboys v. Brisbane Broncos rugby league

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Uses

Rugby league

Dairy Farmers Stadium is predominantly used as a rugby league ground, being the home ground of the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League competition, and the North Queensland Young Guns in the Queensland Cup competition. The stadium has also hosted an Australian Test match against Papua New Guinea in 2000, an Australian XIII match in 2004, the Super League World 9's tournament in 1997 and charity fixtures with State of Origin Legend matches and Australia Legends v New Zealand Legends. The Queensland Wizard Cup is the premier rugby league competition in Queensland, and is regarded by most as the second best rugby league competition in Australia, after the National Rugby League. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Super League (Australia) was a rugby league football administrative body that conducted professional competition in Australasia for one season in 1997. ...


Rugby union

The stadium was first used for first class rugby union when the touring British and Irish Lions team played a Queensland President's XV team in 2001. In 2003 a number of matches, which involved Japan in the Rugby Union World Cup were played at the ground, averaging a crowd of 19,249[1]. On 12 May 2006 the Queensland Reds played a Super 14 match at Dairy Farmers Stadium in front of a crowd of 10,580.[2] In June this year, the stadium hosted Australia A and Japan in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup. A rugby union scrum. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2003 Rugby Union World Cup was the fifth world cup in rugby history. ... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Queensland Reds (for sponsorship reasons referred to as QR Queensland Reds) represent Queensland in the sport of rugby union. ... The Super 14 is the largest rugby union club championship in the southern hemisphere, consisting of provincial teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ...


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References

  • Dairy Farmers Stadium by the Queensland Government Major Sports Failicities Authority, retrieved December 6, 2005
  • Dairy Farmers Stadium at Austadiums, retrieved April 8, 2006
North Queensland Cowboys
The Club
RepresentativesHistoryRecordsHonoursPlayersVenues
Seasons
1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001
2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007
Stadiums
Stockland / Malanda / Dairy Farmers Stadium
Captains
Laurie Spina (1995) • Dean Schifilitti/Ian Roberts (1997-1998)
Noel Goldthorpe 1999) • Tim Brasher (2000) • Paul Bowman (2001-2003)
Travis Norton (2004-2006) • Johnathan Thurston (2007-present)
Coaches
Grant Bell (1995) • Graeme Lowe (1996) • Tim Sheens (1997-2001)
Murray Hurst (2001-2002) • Graham Murray (2002-present)

 
 

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