Penrith Stadium
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Penrith Stadium

Panthers Stadium
Centrebet Stadium, Penrith.jpg
Penrith Stadium in 2011
Former namesPenrith Park
Penrith Football Stadium
Credit Union Australia Stadium (2006-10)
Centrebet Stadium (2011-13)
Sportingbet Stadium (2014)
McGrath Foundation Stadium
Pepper Stadium (2015-17)
Panthers Stadium (2018-)
LocationMulgoa Road (cnr Ransley St), Penrith, New South Wales, 2750
Coordinates33°45?31?S 150°41?16?E / 33.75861°S 150.68778°E / -33.75861; 150.68778Coordinates: 33°45?31?S 150°41?16?E / 33.75861°S 150.68778°E / -33.75861; 150.68778
OwnerPanthers Leagues Club
OperatorPanthers Leagues Club
Record attendance22,582 - Penrith vs Parramatta, 2010
Field size130m × 68m[1]
Opened23 April 1967[2]
Penrith Panthers (NSWRL/ARL/NRL) (SL) (1967-present)
Penrith Nepean United (NSWPL)
Penrith City SC (NSL) (1984-1985)

Penrith Stadium (known commercially as Panthers Stadium) is a rugby league and association football stadium located in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.

The 22,500 capacity venue is the home ground for the Penrith Panthers who play in the National Rugby League (NRL). The all-time attendance record for the venue is 22,582 in a match between the Panthers and their Western Sydney rivals Parramatta on 17 July 2010.


Panthers Stadium has been used by the Penrith Panthers since their entry into the National Rugby League competition in 1967. Initially, the Stadium only had one main grandstand, the Western grandstand while the ground itself was oval in shape. In the 1980s, the stadium was redeveloped into a rectangle arena more suitable for rugby league and other sports such as association football (soccer) and rugby union. This redevelopment also saw the construction of the Eastern Grandstand. In 2006, a joint Federal and State Government funding project saw $30 million worth of investments come to the Stadium. In the subsequent developments, the Western Grandstand was extended and revamped. Following the completion of the project, the Stadium now holds 8,000 seats in the Grandstand.

Two of Samoa's 2008 Rugby League World Cup matches were played at CUA Stadium: their Group C game against Tonga and their 9th place play-off match against former twice World Cup Finalists France.

At the end of 2010, the Federal and State Governments provided funding to redevelop the scoreboard end of the stadium. Initial plans were to build a double-sided grandstand between Penrith Stadium and Howell Oval. However, it was found that a main sewer line ran between the stadium and Howell Oval. Relocation of the line would have cost nearly double what the initial funding would cover. Subsequently, a stand is currently being constructed at Howell Oval, and the facilities at the Scoreboard end of the stadium were redeveloped.

A new video screen was purchased from Subiaco Oval in Perth in 2018 and was installed prior to the start of the 2019 NRL season at the Family Hill end.[3][4]

Naming rights

Penrith Stadium was sponsored by Credit Union Australia, who previously held the naming rights, from early 2006 until 31 October 2010. The stadium's name was sometimes shortened to CUA Stadium.

On 22 January 2011, it was announced that sport betting agency Centrebet had acquired the rights to the sponsorship name of the stadium until 2016. Under their sponsorship rights the stadium was also known as the "Centrebet Stadium Penrith".[5]

On 21 June 2011, it was announced that, for the Women in League round of the NRL, Centrebet had agreed to forego the naming rights for one week, during which time the stadium would officially be known as "McGrath Foundation Stadium".

On 28 January 2014, it was announced that sport betting agency Sportingbet acquired the rights to the sponsorship name of the stadium, changing the stadium's name to Sportingbet Stadium Penrith.

On 12 February 2015, Pepper Group had replaced Sportingbet as the naming rights sponsor, renaming the stadium to Pepper Stadium.[6]

At the end of 2017, Pepper Group ended their sponsorship of the ground and the stadium was renamed Panthers Stadium.[7]


In the National Rugby League competition, the Penrith Panthers club have played at this stadium, as their home ground, ever since making their first grade appearance in 1967.

In the National Soccer League, the Penrith City SC club played here in 1984-1985.

The stadium hosted a Western Sydney Wanderers pre-season friendly against Adelaide United on 22 September 2013, and was host to a competitive A-League Premiership match against the Wellington Phoenix on 8 February 2015. The Wanderers also played an FFA Cup match against Brisbane Roar at the venue on 11 August 2015.

On 16 September 2017 the venue hosted an international women's friendly football game when the Matildas defeated Brazil 2-1 in front of a crowd of 15,089.

Rugby league test matches

List of rugby league test and World Cup matches played at Penrith Stadium.[8]

Test# Date Result Attendance Notes
1 7 October 2006  Fiji def.  Cook Islands 40-2 1,713 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying
2 31 October 2008  Samoa def.  Tonga 24-14 11,787 2008 Rugby League World Cup Group C
3 9 November 2008  Samoa def.  France 42-14 8,028 2008 Rugby League World Cup 9th-place playoff
4 20 April 2013  Tonga def.  Samoa 38-10 10,143 2013 Pacific Rugby League International
5 3 May 2014  Samoa def.  Fiji 36-14 9,063 2014 Pacific Rugby League International

International Football matches

List of International Football matches played at Penrith Stadium.

Test# Date Result Attendance Notes
1 16 September 2017 Australia  2-1  Brazil 15,089 International Women's Friendly
2 10 November 2018 Australia  2-3  Chile 15,185 International Women's Friendly



  1. ^ "Pepper Stadium". Austadiums. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ "History of the Penrith Panthers". Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Panthers Stadium to get a new Screen". Panther Pride. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Panthers Stadium big screen has arrived, retrieved 2019
  5. ^ "Panthers collect with Centrebet Stadium". 21 January 2011.
  6. ^ Luca, Rocco (12 February 2015). "Panthers Rename Home Ground". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Panthers to take back naming rights of stadium". Western Weekender.
  8. ^ Penrith Stadium results @ Rugby League Project

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