Leichhardt Oval

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Leichhardt Oval is an iconic sporting venue located in Sydney's inner west. It is popular among both players and supporters of many football codes, and is available for continued use throughout the year.

It serves as a boutique training venue for high-level sporting teams, both visiting and local. Its proximity to hotels in central Sydney (8 minutes drive from the CBD) and the high standard of the playing surface and facilities make it an attractive and convenient option.

It has been used for training and preparation by international football teams during the 2015 Asia Cup, as well as the North Queensland Cowboys, Wests Tigers, Sydney Stars, Young Socceroos, Sydney F.C. and numerous other teams.

Leichhardt Oval and its facilities are also available for filming, commercials, videos and other promotional clips.

Events at Leichhardt Oval

Pacific Test Match - 22nd June 2019

Fixtures and Kick off Times

Game 1 kick-off: 3.40pm ( Womens PNG v Womens FIJI)
Game 2 kick-off : 5.40 ( FIJI v Lebanon)
Game 3 kick-off : 7.55pm ( PNG v Samoa)


Visit the link below to view all upcoming events at Leichhardt Oval.

Upcoming events at Leichhardt Oval

Hiring Leichhardt Oval

Please complete our online booking form to make an enquiry. Please note that completing the form is not a confirmation of booking – a staff member will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your booking's suitability.

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Sporting facilities

  • Rugby league
  • Rugby union
  • Association football (soccer)
  • Filming

General facilities

  • Toilets
  • Disabled toilets
  • Fenced
  • Filming
  • Floodlighting
  • Change rooms
  • Canteen
  • Dogs prohibited


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Leichhardt Oval was first used as a rugby league ground in 1934, the same year that it became the home ground of the Balmain Tigers.

During the 1970s the ground underwent a series of major changes, including the installation of better lighting and repositioning of the field to run from north-to-south rather than east-to-west.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s the ground was synonymous with the mid-week Amco Cup – also known by various sponsors' names such as the Tooth Cup, KB Cup and Panasonic Cup.

In June 1980 the ground hosted the final representative rugby league match between NSW and Queensland under the previous "state of residence" rule, right before the existing State of Origin system was introduced.

The ground underwent a series of improvements in 2009 including the Centurions Lounge, a lift and improved corporate areas and safety. These works were co-funded by the then-Leichhardt Council and the Australian Government.

Leichhardt Oval is one of Wests Tigers' home grounds, hosting around 4 to 5 NRL matches each year and drawing large crowds. The club's NSW Cup and National Youth Competition teams also play regular home games at the ground. Council supports West Tigers continuing their strong connection to the ground.

The highest NRL attendance at Leichhardt Oval was recorded is 22,877 in July 2005 for a match between Wests Tigers and South Sydney.

Local junior rugby league is supported at Leichhardt Oval as the home ground of the Balmain Tigers junior representative teams and development squads. The ground has hosted the grand finals of both the Harold Matthews Cup and S.G. Ball Cup competitions.

Leichhardt Oval Film

Inner West Council and AllStar Productions have released a moving film about Leichhardt Oval, spiritual home of the Wests Tigers and Sydney's most famous suburban rugby league ground.

The film is narrated by former Balmain Tigers and NSW Captain Wayne Pearce and includes stirring interviews with former Tigers legends including Garry Jack, Steve Roach, Paul Sironen, Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah. 

It was produced to serve as a wake up call to the National Rugby League leadership in opposition to plans to kill off suburban rugby league grounds.

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Page last updated: 27 May 2020