Sport is a significant aspect of the Sydney lifestyle. Activities range from the occasional international event, annual competitions, competitive leagues and individual recreational pursuits. Sydney is the base for a number of teams in national competitions including the Sydney Sixers, Sydney Kings and Sydney Swans.
The Sydney City Council caters for sporting activities with a range of facilities. Across the city there are 20 public swimming pools, many kilometres of dedicated bikeways, ovals and other sports venues. Stadium Australia and the Sydney Cricket Ground, are two of the largest venues in the city.
Rugby league is the most popular spectator sport in Sydney. In 2006 565,898 people attended first class rugby league matches at Stadium Australia. Other popular spectator sports include Cricket, Football (soccer), Australian rules football, rugby union and basketball. The martial arts are also popular in Sydney, with the more traditional western combative disciplines and also because of the proximity to Asian countries where the arts are historically based. While participation rates are high it tends not to enjoy the profile of traditional Australia sports, though the olympic sports of boxing, judo and taekwondo are more well known. For the Asian arts there are many places to practice in Sydney.
|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||National Rugby League||Stadium Australia||1935||8|
|Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks||National Rugby League||Shark Park||1967||1|
|Greater Western Sydney Giants||Australian Football League|
|Sydney Showground Stadium|
Blacktown ISP Oval
|Greater Western Sydney Giants Netball||Suncorp Super Netball||State Sports Centre, Qudos Bank Arena||2012||Nil|
|Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||National Rugby League||Brookvale Oval||1947||8|
|New South Wales Blues (cricket)||Sheffield Shield/One Day Cup||Sydney Cricket Ground||1856||46 (SS), 9 (One Day Cup), 1 (T20 Bash)|
|New South Wales Swifts||ANZ Championship||Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre||2008||1|
|New South Wales Waratahs||Super Rugby||Sydney Football Stadium||1882||1|
|New South Wales Waratahs (field hockey)||Australian Hockey League||Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre||1991||3|
|Parramatta Eels||National Rugby League||Parramatta Stadium||1947||4|
|Penrith Panthers||National Rugby League||Penrith Stadium||1967||2|
|St. George Illawarra Dragons||National Rugby League||Jubilee Oval & Wollongong Showground||1999||1|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||National Rugby League||Stadium Australia||1908||21|
|Sydney Bears||Australian Ice Hockey League||Sydney Ice Arena||1982||2|
|Sydney Blue Sox||Australian Baseball League||Blue Sox Stadium||2009||Nil|
|Sydney FC||A-League||Sydney Football Stadium||2005||2 (P’ships), 3 (C’ships), 2 (WL P’ships), 2 (WL C’ships)|
|Sydney Ice Dogs||Australian Ice Hockey League||Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink||2002||2|
|Sydney Kings||National Basketball League||Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre||1988||3|
|Sydney Roosters||National Rugby League||Sydney Football Stadium||1908||13|
|Sydney Sixers||Big Bash League||Sydney Cricket Ground||2011||1|
|Sydney Swans||Australian Football League||Sydney Cricket Ground & Stadium Australia||1874||5|
|Sydney Thunder||Big Bash League||Sydney Showground Stadium||2011||1 (BBL), 1 (WBBL)|
|Sydney Uni Flames||Women’s National Basketball League||Brydens Stadium||1992||3|
|Western Sydney Wanderers FC||A-League||Parramatta Stadium, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Showground Stadium||2012||1 (P’ship), Nil (C’ships)|
|Wests Tigers||National Rugby League||Leichhardt Oval, Campbelltown Stadium & Stadium Australia||2000||1|
|Stadium Australia||83,500||Rugby league, rugby union, football|
|Sydney Cricket Ground||47,000||Cricket, Australian rules football|
|Sydney Football Stadium||44,000||Rugby league, rugby union, football|
|Sydney Showground Stadium||25,000||Australian rules football|
|Belmore Oval||25,000||Rugby league, football|
|Brookvale Oval||23,000||Rugby league|
|Penrith Stadium||22,500||Rugby league|
|Jubilee Oval||22,000||Rugby league|
|Leichhardt Oval||22,000||Rugby league|
|Shark Park||22,000||Rugby league|
|Parramatta Stadium||20,741||Rugby league, football|
|Campbelltown Stadium||20,000||Rugby league|
|Concord Oval||20,000||Rugby union|
|North Sydney Oval||20,000||Cricket, rugby league|
|Redfern Oval||5,000||Rugby league|
|Sydney Entertainment Centre||13,250||Basketball|
|NSW Tennis Centre||10,000||Tennis|
|Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre||4,020||Equestrian|
|Dunc Gray Velodrome||3,150||Cycling|
|The Australian Golf Club||Golf|
|Oran Park Raceway||Motor racing|
|Randwick Racecourse||Horse racing|
|Rosehill Racecourse||Horse racing|
|Sydney Motorsport Park||Motorsports|
Sydney Superdome hosts miscellaneous events as Sydney’s premier indoors facility. It has a maximum capacity of 21,000.
Stadium Australia, sponsored as ANZ Stadium, is Sydney’s largest stadium. Built for the 2000 Olympics, it now hosts big events such as the NRL Grand Final, the rugby league State of Origin and rugby union and soccer internationals.
The venue is the home ground of NRL teams, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs and serves as an occasional home ground for the Parramatta Eels. ANZ Stadium also hosts a number of Swans home games and the occasional domestic cricket one-day match.
There are various other sporting and recreational facilities in the centre including another indoor arena, tennis centre, aquatic centre, athletics centre, hockey centre, archery centre, as well as the Sydney Showground. In 2009 the area hosted a motor race in the form of the Sydney 500 motor race to be held on a street circuit within the former Olympic grounds.
Sydney Football Stadium was designed for the use of rugby league and is now also used for rugby union and soccer. The Sydney Roosters, the NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC soccer team use it as their home ground. The Wests Tigers use the stadium part-time as a home ground. The ground hosted the 2005–06 A-League grand final won by Sydney FC. The ground also hosted rugby league grand finals from its construction until ANZ Stadium was opened.
The Sydney Cricket Ground is mainly used for cricket games and Aussie rules matches. It is home to the Sydney Swans and NSW Blues. The ground held over 1000 rugby league first-grade matches in its history but is rarely used anymore.