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ANZ Stadium to be converted to a 75,000-seat rectangular venue

New South Wales premier confirms A$1.6bn investment in Sydney’s stadia, with ANZ Stadium’s transformation to be fast-tracked

 

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NSW premier Mike Baird and sports minister Stuart Ayres have confirmed a A$1.6bn investment in Sydney’s stadia, with the transformation of ANZ Stadium into a world-class 75,000 seat rectangular venue to be fast-tracked. Sydney will get three world-class rectangular stadiums, with Parramatta Stadium to be rebuilt, starting later this year, and Allianz Stadium to be refurbished.

 

 

ANZ Stadium managing director Daryl Kerry congratulated the NSW government on finalizing its major investment in Sydney sporting infrastructure, saying it would bring enormous economic and social benefits to NSW.

“Today’s announcement is a great win for Sydney, the sporting codes, clubs and, most of all, the fans.

“It will bring enormous economic, social and sporting benefits to NSW and again shows how committed the Baird government is to delivering major infrastructure.

“By investing in the future of a network of stadia in Sydney, the government has ensured NSW will continue to attract world-class events, while also providing the best possible sport and entertainment facilities for fans of the major football codes.

“The planned investment in ANZ Stadium – Sydney’s Olympic stadium – will unlock the potential for major development throughout Greater Western Sydney, in particular Sydney Olympic Park and the Olympic Corridor through to Parramatta, earmarked as Sydney’s second CBD.”

 

 

Baird announced that the transformation of ANZ Stadium will be fast-tracked and that works are expected to begin in the current term of government.

Along with the construction of a new Parramatta Stadium, which has already been approved and will begin later this year, and the refurbishment of Allianz Stadium, which will begin during the next term of government, the A$1.6bn package represents the biggest investment in sport in NSW since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Kerry also congratulated Premier Baird and Sports Minister Ayres – along with the National Rugby League, Football Federation Australia and the Australian Rugby Union – on reaching an agreement on major sporting content commitments for Sydney and NSW on the back of the stadium funding announcement.

 

 

Kerry said the plan to transform ANZ Stadium would give Sydney one of the great rectangular stadia in the world and, most importantly, was fantastic news for the fans who turn out week in week out to watch their favorite sporting teams in action and at major sport and entertainment events.

“Once the ANZ Stadium redevelopment is complete, the fan experience will go to a completely new level, with the rectangular redesign bringing fans dramatically closer to the action on all six levels of the stadium,” Kerry said.

“Sydney will boast the best rectangular stadium in the southern hemisphere, which will be complemented by other major infrastructure projects including the WestConnex motorway project and the Western Sydney Light Rail network, which in turn will transform the transport experience to Sydney Olympic Park and the Stadium.”

Kerry said the stadium would be working closely with the codes to ensure all of Sydney’s major events stay in Sydney for the duration of the redevelopment. Construction engineers have confirmed the transformation of ANZ Stadium could start as early as straight after the 2017 NRL Grand Final (or more likely, in 2018), with the stadium capable of maintaining a near-full event calendar for the next four seasons until the staged work is completed. The stadium is expected to remain fully operational as the new rectangular seating bowl is built progressively within the existing stadium, before Sydney unveils the new 75,000-seat venue with a retractable roof to the world in 2022.

Global construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke and Sydney-based architect BVN Donovan Hill have completed full structural detail of the redesign for ANZ Stadium.

Under the Laing O’Rourke/BVN redesign: a completely new seating bowl will be built within the existing stadium, which brings seats on all six levels up to 48m (157ft) closer to the action; the steepness of the new seating will be comparable to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and even steeper behind the goals; the stands will adapt for rugby league, rugby union and football to provide the best possible spectator experience for all three codes; there is the option of a retractable roof to weatherproof major events; capacity is approximately 75,000 for major events, while the venue will be fully scalable for smaller club matches.

 

April 21, 2017

 

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