One of Coffs Harbour's most valuable and best used assets is its International Sports Stadium. Now officially known as the C.ex Coffs International Stadium following a naming rights deal, the venue caters for a range of sport and entertainment, providing an international standard facility. Opened in June 1994 and covering approximately 2.3 hectares, the stadium has played host to many major events.
Such events include soccer, rugby league & union, Australian rules football, cricket, concerts and more. The Stadium has a capacity for 20,000 spectators, which includes 1,000 seated in the grandstand, with plans to increase this in the future. Currently the seating capacity is restricted to 1,000, but plans are in the pipeline to increase this to 5,000 including corporate boxes. A recent lighting upgrade to over 1500 lux means the venue is now fully lit for TV broadcast. 17 kilometres of strip drainage ensures the playing surface is always at a high standard and is playable in all weather. The Stadium is part of the Coffs Coast and Leisure Park, which includes additional playing fields for larger tournaments.
The Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium is the best facility of its type in regional NSW and is truly up to international standards. In mid-2001, the stadium played host to minor World Cup Qualifiers with the Socceroos playing teams such as Fiji and American Samoa. The stadium holds the official record for the biggest score in a Football International when Australia defeated American Samoa 31-0 with Archie Thompson scoring 13 goals, also a record.