Penrith Panthers Stadium
The Penrith Panthers, are a rugby league team in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition, calling Bluebet Stadium their home ground.
History Of The Panthers Homeground
Panthers Stadium, formerly known as Penrith Park and CUA Stadium due to sponsorship reasons, has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1967. It was originally constructed as the official home ground for the Penrith Panthers, who entered the NSWRL (New South Wales Rugby League) premiership in 1967.
This marked a significant milestone for the club as they transitioned from a local team to a professional rugby league outfit.
In the 1980’s the oval was re-developed into a rectangular-shaped ground. In 2010 the NSW state government provided funding for the scoreboard end of the ground to be re-developed.
The Penrith Panthers ground is now called Bluebet Stadium.
The Early Years
Early on, Panthers Stadium was a small modest venue, reflecting the club’s fan base and stature in the league. It had basic facilities and at capacity held a few thousand spectators.
During this period, the Panthers focused on building a competitive team and creating a loyal following. The stadium became a gathering place for local fans, who would supported their team through thick and thin.
Expansion and Upgrades
As the Penrith Panthers began to rise as a serious contender in the NRL, Panthers Stadium underwent significant expansions and renovations to accommodate the growing demand for rugby league in the Penrith Western Sydney area. The late 1980s and early 1990s were particularly important for both the club and its home ground growth.
One of the most iconic moments in the history of Panthers Stadium occurred in 1991 when the Panthers clinched their first NRL premiership title. The Grand Final victory against the Canberra Raiders is etched in the memories of fans. This triumph not only solidified the Panthers’ status as a formidable rugby league club but also brought increased attention and support to Panthers Stadium.
In the wake of their championship win, Panthers Stadium received a major facelift. The venue’s seating capacity was expanded, and modern facilities were introduced to enhance the fan experience. These renovations marked a significant step forward in the development of the stadium.
Entering the 2000s, Panthers Stadium continued to evolve. The club’s success on the field, combined with the stadium’s modern amenities, attracted much larger crowds.
The Panthers’ consistent presence in the NRL finals and the vibrant atmosphere at Panthers Stadium made it a sought-after venue for rugby league enthusiasts.
Fans enjoyed state-of-the-art facilities, including comfortable seating, corporate suites, and improved catering services. The stadium’s playing surface was also regularly maintained to meet the high standards of professional rugby league.
The Penrith Panthers team colours are black, red, green and yellow. This was the initial club’s choice of colours when first introduced to the NRL in 1967.
In 1974 the club changed its colours to a stripped, brown, white and black combination. Then in 2017, the club resorted back to its original colours.
The Penrith Panthers have had some great sponsors over the years and are currently sponsored by, Oak Plus Protein, Allam, HERTZ, Bluestone, Blue BetTurner Freeman, KFC, Nectar, and Tooheys.
Penrith Panthers Management Team
Coach -The Penrith Panthers are currently coached by, Nathan Cleary’s father Ivan Cleary.
Assistant Coach – Peter Wallace & Ben Gartiner.
The Head Of Panthers Business Management are as follows:
Jeremy Tuite (Partnerships and Membership), Darren Micallef (Marketing, Digital and Data – Rugby League), and Matt Leavey (Property).
Penrith Panthers Home Ground
Penrith Panther’s home ground is Bluebet Stadium:
Approximate Capacity: 22,500
Address: Mulgoa Rd &, Ransley St, Penrith NSW 2750
Phone: (02) 4725 6400
Opened: 23 April 1967
Teams: Penrith Panthers, New South Wales
Owner: Crown Land Trustees Penrith City Council
Surface: Natural Grass
Approximate field size: 130m × 68m