Our Co-Owners: Melbourne Storm & USC

Sunshine Coast Lightning is proudly owned by Melbourne Storm and USC.

Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm was founded in 1998 as part of the newly formed National Rugby League competition.

The Club was the first ever professional Victorian rugby league club and spent little time stamping their mark, winning their maiden Premiership in just their second year.

Storm have played in a total of 10 grand finals during the club’s 22-year history, missing the finals on just three occasions.

The Club has built itself on the values of family, accountability, hard work, respect and passion. It is these values that drive Melbourne Storm to succeed each and every year, both on and off the field.

Storm also have a solid connection to the Sunshine Coast region, with feeder team Sunshine Coast Falcons located in the area.


USC (The University of the Sunshine Coast) is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities, with campuses spanning from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast.

The public university, originally named Sunshine Coast University College, officially opened in 1996 and has grown to have over 18,000 enrolled students across more than 120 study programs.

Since its establishment, the University has focused on community engagement, campus development, innovative programs and a personalised approach to learning.

Lightning Headquarters is based at the Sippy Downs campus, which is also where the Club play all of their home fixtures out of USC Stadium.