|ANZ Olympic Stadium|
The stadium is a massive steel and concrete structure that is really cool to see and appreciate the sheer size and the work that went it to making it. Its construction began in 1996 and finished in 1999 with the capacity to hold about 110,000 spectators, making it the largest stadium in Australia. In 2003, designers added to build the coolest part of the stadium in my opinion: adjustable seating that opens up the roof.
|Just standing on a pole. Parkour possibly?|
It brought the seating down to 83,500, dropping it to the second largest stadium in Australia, but the amazing engineering feat attracts fans of all kinds. The stadium is used currently for Australian Rugby Matches and Cricket matches (which we will be attending at the end of January).
|The Oasis Theme Park/SportsFirst|
After the festivities at Olympic Park, we grabbed a little Big Mac snack and headed over to the Sydney Olympic Aquatics Center, which was huge and highly entertaining considering one of my favorite hobbies, people watching. There were what seemed like thousands of people in this SportsFirst/White Water Theme Park/Olympic Diving and Swimming Lanes facility. The number of unnecessary Speedo's was astounding. Check out a couple pictures.
|Hot Tub Party! With WAY too many grown men in close space.|
The diverse population at this pool was crazy. It seems like 80% of the people I have seen or encountered in Sydney have been of Asian decent. I am having a tough time so far discerning what a true Australian looks like. My mind would typically stray to the stereotypical Crocodile Dundee bloke, with a safari hat and an 18 inch knife in his teeth, but it's obviously much different than that. Sydney is a huge mash-up of all types of cultures and backgrounds and that's one of the reasons I feel so comfortable in this city. It's great.
Finally, towards the end of our day, we hopped on a ferry and observed some of the most beautiful scenery I have experienced in my entire life. We rode the ferry from the Sydney Harbour to Manly Beach on the other side of the bay. Here's a couple shots of the ride there.
|View from the back of the Ferry|
I'm going to post a daytime shot and nighttime of this view just to show you the dramatic difference of this breathtaking landscape. The boat ride took about twenty minutes and then we explored the Manly Beach wharf where we ate dinner and got to stick our toes in the sand for the first time since we've gotten to Sydney. It was awesome. Didn't see any sharks, yet.
|Manly Beach Harbor|
Well, I think I've rambled enough for one day but I'll leave you with the two shots from the Ferry ride back the Sydney Harbour worth all the money, traveling, and preparation so far. Take a look. War Eagle!