Give Sydney a Sporting Chance

Three of Western Sydney’s leading business groups have joined forces to call on the NSW Government to establish a NSW Global Events Taskforce to ensure Sydney plays its best cards when bidding for events.

This special Taskforce would work closely with Destination NSW to target ‘the big 5’ global sporting events on the horizon.

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Western Sydney Business Chamber and Sydney Olympic Park Business Association believe a unique opportunity exists to leverage the state government’s stadia investment to successfully bid for at least five major global sporting events.

They are:

  • Women’s Rugby World Cup, to be held in 2021;
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held in 2023;
  • Men’s Rugby World Cup, to be held in 2027;
  • Commonwealth Games in 2026 or 2030; and
  • FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2030.

“The NSW Government is making an important investment in our sporting and cultural infrastructure. We believe that, thanks to this investment, a fantastic opportunity exists for Sydney, and Western Sydney in particular, to bid for and win more major global events,” said Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Christopher Brown AM. 

“In the absence of the stadia investment we would face stiff competition from other countries and states that have invested heavily in upgrading their sporting infrastructure. In Australia alone, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth have all made significant investments in their stadia, while Sydney has let our facilities age to the point where they are no longer fit for purpose.”

“However, with three new world-class rectangular stadiums with fantastic lively precincts around them, Sydney will be extremely hard to beat.”

David Borger, Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney, said “The tourism benefits and economic returns from major events like these would be amazing, particularly for Western Sydney.

“We know people who visit for major events stay longer and spend more in more places.

“This could be a huge economic boost for our state.

“We often talk about how Sydney came alive during the Olympics in 2000 and the city does have a chance bidding on ‘the big 5’ to relive that mood time and again over a five-seven year period.”

Mr Brown added that the three Western Sydney groups were excited by the prospect of maximising the stadium investment and securing new major events to build on Sydney’s impressive Olympic legacy.

“Hosting any one of ‘the big 5’ events would not only boost the western Sydney economy but they would re-invigorate the Olympic Park precinct,” Mr Brown said.

“We would all love the chance to see the world’s best athletes once again competing in athletics, swimming, hockey or weightlifting, right here at Sydney Olympic Park.”

“With new world-class facilities, there will be no better way to make full use of Sydney’s Olympic legacy.”

Sydney’s bid will be further strengthened by projects such as Sydney Metro, Sydney Light Rail and WestConnex, which are due to come online throughout this period. Each of these projects will make travelling to and from the venues quicker and easier.

The timeline for completion of works on the new stadiums aligns well with the events and there would be no need for extensive further infrastructure investment.

Commonwealth Games officials are already exploring the possibility of a revitalised Olympic Park hosting the spectacle. Officials believe the opening and closing ceremonies, plus events such as rugby 7s and hockey, could be held at the new 75,000-seat Stadium Australia, while the athletics would take place next door, at Spotless Stadium.

The push to bid for these major global events comes on the back of the State Government securing Sydney as the host of the NRL Grand Final for 20 years, as well as several years of Bledisloe Cup tests and State of Origin matches.

WSLD media contact: Adam Leto 0419 019 637