Day three saw the SuperGees Tour Group hopping in a private bus and going to the ANZ Stadium, where Vodacom arranged a private tour of the Spectacular ANZ Stadium.
The stadium was initially built to host the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with a capacity of 110 000. The stadium was later modified to seat either 82 500 or 83 500, depending on the configuration of the stadium. This is what makes the stadium really interesting, as the stadium can host games that require either a square field (soccer, rugby union and rugby league) or round (Cricket and Australian Rules football). The full reconfiguration from round to square including preparation of the stands, takes less than 8 hours!
We had the honour of touring the stadium whilst the Crusaders were busy with their final preparation for the Vodacom Super 15 final. The excitement was tangible! Nobody could wait much longer for the final and the group was split up – some Crusaders Supporters and some Waratahs supporters.
But first, the venue hosted a Rugby League game that night, with the home team, the Bulldogs playing against the Panthers.
After the tour, we went to lunch at Darling Harbour. The lunch was truly superb and the soft shell crab was rated by most of the group as the best dish of the Tour! I continued on my Australian beer tasting adventure and I was yet to have more than two bottles of the same beer.
After lunch, we had the afternoon and evening at leisure, but we decided to have a stroll around at Darling Harbour. We got to the Wild Life Sydney Zoo, and could not pass up the opportunity to see a real life Koala bear and Kangaroo. In addition to the animals unique to Australia, we saw the biggest ever crocodile – over 5 meters long. He is aptly called croc Rex and is a salt water crocodile.
After our trip at the Zoo, we made our way back to the hotel, only to be given an authentic team jersey of our choice. Vodacom was really out to make sure that we have the best Rugby fan experience ever!
The crusaders jersey has got its own spot next to my other jerseys in my wardrobe.