The AUS-X Open Sydney is Australia’s largest Supercross and freestyle Motorcross event. It’s also one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. The event takes place at the Qudos Bank Arena, which swells up with over 25,000 fans watching dirt bikers battle it out at the indoor stadium. Big names in Supercross and Motorcross such as Jason Anderson, Cad Reed, and Ryan Villatopo have graced the open in the past.
Supercross is the main sport of the show, which involves men on motorbikes navigating obstacles on the track with extreme precision throughout several laps and rounds. There are four elements that comprise the sport: the beginning, a rhythm lane, whoops, and the competition. There will be 10-12 riders overall who ride between 5 and 20 laps, with each lap lasting between 30 to 50 seconds. The man-made circuit used in the show features several unique obstacles that leave the riders with little room for error. The riders compete in two categories: 250cc class, and the 450cc class.
The two-day event features a variety of racing formats. In between duels, there will be live entertainment, music, pyrotechnic shows, and giveaways. Most of the events are open to all ages, although certain shows may have age restrictions. All patrons aged 2 years and up are required a ticket to enter the venue, unless otherwise stated. Kids below 2 enjoy free admission, but must sit on the knees of their parents or guardians. Event organizers recommend kids below 16 years old to be accompanied by an adult for the general admission standing section.
All bags are subject to a search prior to entry, but must be smaller than 30 x 30 x 30 centimetres in size. No backpacks will be allowed for the event, so plan accordingly. Mobile phones with cameras, and small personal cameras (cameras whose lenses extend 5cm or less from the camera body) are permitted, although flash must be turned off. Individuals who wish to bring larger cameras such as SLR’s are advised to read up on the venue restrictions.
AUS-X Open Sydney patrons are encouraged to arrive at the venue at least thirty minutes before the shows, especially if you haven’t purchased a ticket yet. The venue has ATM’s located in the Northern Foyer and the Grand Foyer. Qudos Bank Arena is located at the Sydney Olympic Park, Edwin Flack Ave. & Olympic Boulevard.