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The Ballymore Story

The QRU set up headquarters at Ballymore in 1966 under a deed of grant from the state government.

The ground was officially opened on Sunday April 2, 1967, with a match between the grandfinalists from the previous year, Brothers and University. On the previous day, Saturday April 1, Wests played Teachers in the first A grade match played at Ballymore. The captain of Teachers was Jim Lucey and John Ryan was the captain of the victorious Wests.

The McLean Stand, as it later became known, was opened a year later on April 21, 1968 by then Governor Sir Alan Mansfield. The day was celebrated with a double header of Wests v GPS and Brothers v University.

The Eastern Stand was opened on June 21, 1992.

The ground exceeded capacity in 1993 when 26,000 squeezed in to watch the Wallabies play South Africa. A year later the first match under lights was played at the ground. Today the grandstand is known as the McLean Stand (named in 1980).

Although the Queensland Reds now play their Super Rugby matches at Suncorp Stadium, Ballymore is still used for hundreds of games during the year, from the Queensland Premier Rugby finals to the junior state championships and grand finals. 


Booking and hiring policies are spelt out in the downloadable pdf documents found below, along with a form for making your booking.

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Conditions of Hire - Please note:

Security and Event Staff; to provide a safe environment for all hirers and their patrons QRU will manage the hire of security and event staff in consultation with the hirer.

Ticketing; should the hirer request that the event be ticketed, then all tickets are to be issued via the QRU’s contracted agent, unless otherwise agreed. However, no other ticketing agent may be engaged to sell tickets at Ballymore except the QRU’s contacted agent.

Catering; Ballymore has a stadium caterer and as such all catering requirements must be through the stadium caterer.

Merchandise; unless otherwise agreed no merchandise outlet is to operate at Ballymore except for the official QRU/Reds merchandise provider.

Liquor Licensing; Due to separate tenant agreements there is liquor licensing to take into consideration with each tenancy. Each tenant is not to serve alcohol at any patron on Ballymore grounds unless covered by the QRU licence, held by the official caterer.

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