Nikkie Beltran & Sydney Olympic Park Authority
AS Sydney hosts three of the biggest sporting events in years this July, a glimpse into the future of the Sydney Olympic Park Stadia Precinct has been brought to life by a new 3D animation.
The 3D animation reveals the potential to add over 10,000 square metres of new development spaces with exciting entertainment and leisure offerings, as well as the addition of a retractable roof and moveable northern and southern grandstands to transform the lower bowl into a perfect rectangle for the rugby codes and football.
The animation produced by Sydney Olympic Park Authority was launched on Tuesday 2 July at Stadium Australia by NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley.
“This video provides viewers with an idea of what may be possible at Sydney Olympic Park in keeping with the long term Master Plan for the precinct,” said Mr. Annesley.
“It’s a very exciting glimpse of the future as the Park continues to evolve as a constant reminder of the wonderful Sydney Olympic legacy left to the people of NSW.”
“Proposals of this nature would significantly add to what is already on offer at the Park to further enrich the lives of the growing local community, the people of New South Wales, and the 10 million visitors the Park attracts annually,” Mr. Annesley added.
Month of sporting dreams
The Managing Director of Stadium Australia, Mr Daryl Kerry, said the timing of the release of the future vision of the Stadia Precinct was significant as Sydney prepares to host a month of fantastic sporting action.
“This July Sydney will showcase the Wallabies v British & Irish Lions Test (Sat 6 July), the State of Origin decider (Wed 17) and a visit by arguably the biggest football club in the world, Manchester United, to play the A-League All Stars (Sat 20),” Mr Kerry said.
“If we work hard with Government and the stakeholders to bring this Master Plan to reality, NSW will continue to lead the way in attracting world-class sporting and entertainment events. Putting a roof on the Stadium will weather-proof the major events going forward, while moving stands north and south will create an even more dramatic atmosphere for the football codes that prefer a true rectangular field.
“Stadium Australia is a unique multi-purpose venue that caters for five different sports and the most competitive football market anywhere in the world, with four high-profile codes.
“In line with that versatility, the masterplan also allows for some changes to the eastern and western stands to allow us to present longer straight boundaries in cricket and a wider, more traditional oval for AFL.
“Looking beyond the sporting field, we understand that the event experience for the fans is no longer purely about what happens in the hour and a half that the main event consumes attention on the arena.
“We’re excited that the proposed precinct and concourse developments will enable patrons to experience a full event day’s enjoyment in the precinct.
“The development of the precinct plan will allow for the establishment of entertainment and food and beverage options that will cater to all patrons and will continue to consolidate the precinct as Australia’s No.1 event destination.
“Stadium Australia has enjoyed an historic thirteen years of operation to date. The development of a long-term approach to our business has been integral to our growth and will continue to be so moving forward.
An investment in Stadium is investment in NSW
“The plan is about putting Sydney and the Australian sporting public at the forefront to ensure that we are able to continue to attract the world’s biggest sporting events to Sydney.
“This Stadium will generate millions of dollars for Sydney and for NSW this year – in fact it has been conservatively estimated tha the three blockbusters in July will generate $50 million alone for the NSW economy.
“So we believe an investment in the Stadium is, in effect, an investment in NSW.”
The new $2 million warm-up facility at Stadium Australia completed in April this year was one of the first components of the Stadia Precinct vision delivered.
Brand new development on the exterior of Stadium Australia will add up to 7,500 square metres and reach up to five levels including five storey high void spaces creating opportunities for unique entertainment and recreation facilities. Other uses for the space could include a rooftop pool, a club, retail shops and restaurants.
The animation unveils another brand new development site beside Allphones Arena to provide an additional 2,000 square metres over four storeys. This space is currently demonstrated as a premier cinema with an external live screen, providing even more in entertainment and exclusive red carpet launches to the entertainment zone.
The animation was produced by Sydney Olympic Park Authority as a vision extending from the Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030 in collaboration with Stadium Australia, Government Architects Office, Allphones Arena and Sydney Showground.