NSW gov’t announces new sports stadiums for Sydney

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Proposed upgrade to Sydney Cricket Ground by Cox Architecture.

Proposed upgrade to Sydney Cricket Ground by Cox Architecture. Image: Cox Architecture

The New South Wales government has announced a 10-year, $1.6 billion plan for new and redeveloped sporting facilities across Sydney.

Six projects announced in the plan including ones already underway such as the redevelopment of Sydney Olympic Park stadium with a new retractable roof by BVN, unveiled in a 2014 masterplan, and the completion of the Sydney Cricket Ground upgrade by Cox Architecture, announced in 2012.

The plan for the new stadium will first prioritize the construction of a new 30,000-seat stadium at Parramatta on the site of the existing facility, Pirtek Stadium, expected to be completed in 2019.

Other proposed projects include a new 50,000- to 55,000-seat rectangular stadium at Moore Park to replace the existing Allianz Stadium, a new indoor arena near the CBD, and a new sporting venue in outer western Sydney.

The NSW government announced an additional $1 billion for the planned sporting infrastructure in addition to the $600 million already allocated under the Rebuild NSW plan. Funds will come from the sale of the state’s electricity assets, which is expected to generate $20 billion in revenue, and the government has indicated further funds will be available to complete the projects.

The government said the proposed new sporting venues will put NSW in pole position in future bids to host events. Sports minister Stuart Ayres told the ABC the state had “fallen behind the rest of the pack.”

“It’s time Sydney and NSW got back in the game.” he said.

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