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NSW Government Confirms ANZ Stadium will be Transformed into a World-Class 75,000-Seat Rectangular Stadium from Late 2019

  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, MP, has today announced the redevelopment of Stadium Australia as one of the world’s great rectangular stadiums, with a seating capacity of 75,000;
  • Works will commence after the NRL Grand Final in late 2019, with the Stadium to be re-opened in 2022;
  • The stadium investment has secured for NSW the NRL Grand Final for the next 25 years;
  • ANZ Stadium Members will reap the benefits of world-best facilities in a new 75,000-seat Stadium offering an unrivalled playing and spectator experience.

Read the Premier’s official Media Release here

Stadium Australia will be transformed in to one of the world’s great rectangular stadiums as part of a significant investment in sporting and entertainment facilities in this State, the NSW Premier announced today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that works will begin on a new 75,000-seat rectangular stadium in 2019, with the aim that Sydney will have a new major events rectangular Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park by 2022.

Ms Berejiklian said the investment in stadiums would ensure NSW remains the No.1 destination for major sporting and entertainment events well into the future.

The Premier announced today:

  • A new 45,000-seat stadium to replace Allianz Stadium at Moore Park, with construction to start in 2018 and open in 2021 (estimated cost $705 million, subject to tendering process).
  • A new 75,000-seat rectangular stadium to replace Stadium Australia at Sydney Olympic Park, with construction to start in 2019 and open in 2022 (estimated cost $1.25 billion, subject to tendering process).

Venues NSW Chairman Christine McLoughlin and Stadium Australia CEO Daryl Kerry today congratulated the NSW Government on its commitment to deliver world-class sporting and entertainment infrastructure in NSW.

Venues NSW is the owner, coordinator and promoter of a portfolio of key sports and entertainment assets in NSW including Stadium Australia. It has joined with the Stadium Australia family of clubs, sporting codes, Members and fans in celebrating this decision to deliver in Western Sydney a new 75,000-seat rectangular stadium with a world-class playing and spectator experience.

The Stadium redevelopment will underpin delivery of an exceptional world-class sporting, entertainment, cultural and retail hub at Sydney Olympic Park.

In tandem with the new 30,000-seat Western Sydney Stadium under construction at Parramatta and the planned 45,000-seat stadium at Moore Park, the 75,000-seat Stadium Australia redevelopment will reinforce Sydney’s position as Australia’s true global city and drive the NSW visitor economy to unprecedented levels.

Mr Kerry, said: “The NSW Government must be congratulated on delivering an exceptional outcome on major event infrastructure in this State. The Government’s investment will deliver an outstanding network of major stadiums for NSW.

“Confirmation of a new 75,000-seat rectangular stadium to replace Stadium Australia at Sydney Olympic Park is fantastic news for everyone who appreciates sport and entertainment, the sporting codes and clubs and entertainment promoters that use the Stadium, and our valued Stadium Members.

“The Government has committed to a world-class Stadium for the future in the geographical heart of the city, where Australians and visitors from across the globe can come together in celebration of excellence in sport and entertainment.

“We look forward to working with Government to bring the new Stadium to life and for this project to be an engine for future growth in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and throughout Greater Sydney.”

Image: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres (right), Venues NSW Chairman Christine McLoughlin (left), SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd, NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg and FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at today’s announcement of major stadium investment in NSW.

With the redevelopment commencing late 2019, there will be no impact on the 2018 Stadium Australia Event Calendar, and little or no impact on the 2019 calendar of events.

With the historic A-League/W-League Double Derby on Saturday 9 December capping a memorable 2017 Calendar of Events, sport and entertainment fans can also look forward to another fantastic year of events at the Stadium in 2018.

The 2018 Stadium Australia Calendar of Events is headlined by an International Double-Header pre-season rugby league event in February, the Ed Sheeran concerts in March, a Round 3 NRL Double-Header leading in to the Round 4 Easter Footy Fest matches on Good Friday and Easter Monday, a stand-alone Sunday State of Origin game on Sunday 24 June, the Bledisloe Cup Test on Saturday 18 August, and the NRL Grand Final in September. The NRL has confirmed that 34 regular-season matches will be played at Stadium Australia in season 2018, and five Western Sydney Wanderers A-League games have also been locked in.

Better Fan Experience

The new Stadium will create an unrivalled spectator experience, with dramatically steeper seating creating a spectacular in-Stadium atmosphere.

The redeveloped Stadium will feature state-of-the-art technology that will enable it to present in Club Mode, as well as Championship Mode. Technology features will enable the Stadium to be a more intimate venue for club games, which will ensure an exceptional event experience for fans and broadcasters at smaller, mid-sized or large events.

Better Transport and a Lively Olympic Park Precinct

Today’s confirmation of the full redevelopment of Stadium Australia supports the NSW Government’s commitment to other major infrastructure projects in Western Sydney.

It follows the announcement on 18 October by Premier Berejiklian and Transport & Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance that a Stage 2 extension of the Western Sydney Light Rail project will connect Sydney Olympic Park with Parramatta.

The future Stadium Australia event experience will be further improved by proposals in the Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030, and strategic infrastructure projects including WestConnex, Sydney Metro West, Parramatta Light Rail Phase 2, and improvements to the existing heavy rail network.

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