Today’s State Government $1b stadia announcement, which will include the redevelopment of Parramatta Stadium and Stadium Australia at Sydney Olympic Park, is a big win for Western Sydney and will further entrench Sydney as the major events and sports capital of Australia.
Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown, who also sits on the ANZ Stadium Advisory Board, praised the NSW Premier, Mike Baird, and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, for their investment in the region, a move that is expected to deliver thousands of jobs, attract the biggest global events, and significantly improve the visitor experience.
“Now that the battle for stadia funding is behind us, I’m looking forward to the NSW Government working with its sporting partners to secure and deliver the best international and local events in Australia,” Mr Brown said.
“The plan to create a new stadia governing entity or ‘Super Trust’ is another positive outcome and one that will ensure a more co-ordinated approach to the way we plan our sports, tourism and major events.”
Part of the NSW Government’s stadia investment includes the creation of a new 30,000-seat stadium at Parramatta and the redevelopment of Stadium Australia (currently ANZ Stadium), which could include a retractable roof. A new outer Western Sydney Stadium, possibly at Liverpool, has also been ear-marked.
“Now that the State Government is committed to ANZ Stadium, as Sydney’s number one venue, I would expect that the NRL, ARU and FFA, would keep up their end of the deal and continue to host their events at this new-look, state-of-the-art arena,” Mr Brown said.
“With the growth of Western Sydney, and the success of sporting teams like the Wanderers, the addition of an extra 10,000 seats at Parramatta Stadium is certainly welcome.
“And when you’re talking about growth, it’s hard to look past Liverpool, one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and the capital of one of the nation’s finest sporting nurseries, south-west Sydney. If ever there was a case for the development of another stadium in Western Sydney, Liverpool makes a lot of sense.
“Western Sydney just keeps up notching up the wins, and on the back of our own high-flying NFL success-story Jarryd Hayne, this funding announcement is yet another touchdown for the region.”