The Allianz and ANZ Sydney stadiums will be rebuilt and transformed into world-class facilities, keeping NRL Grand Finals in Sydney for at least the next 25 years.A new 45,000-seat stadium with an estimated budget of $705 million is in planning to replace Allianz at Moore Park with construction to start in 2018 and is expected to open in 2021.
The ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park will be replaced with a $1.25 billion 75,000-seat rectangular stadium. Construction will start in 2019 and the Sydney stadium will open in 2022, subject to tendering process.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the investment would ensure NSW remains the number one destination for major sporting and entertainment events.
“We want the world’s biggest sporting clubs and artists to choose NSW as their preferred destination to showcase their events,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“To compete globally and attract national and international events, our stadiums must have the most modern facilities that offer a great experience for fans.”
“Fans will be closer to the action than ever before, with steep seating creating a colosseum-inspired wall of sound and colour, enhanced with the world’s most advanced technology,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This investment means we can compete on the world stage for events such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Rugby World Cup, and keep Sydney as the number one sporting destination.
“This is an investment into our vital tourism industry, which is worth $33.2 billion per year to the NSW economy and supports 164,000 jobs,” she said.
The Australian Institute of Architects has questioned the recent announcement by the NSW Government to demolish the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park and the Olympic Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park to make way for new stadiums with similar spectator capacities.
‘The Sydney Football Stadium is barely 30 years old, while the Olympic Stadium is less than 20 years old,’ NSW Chapter President Andrew Nimmo said today.
‘When our major public buildings don’t last thirty years, we have a real problem. These are places where some of the greatest memories of modern Sydney were made, places where Sydney was elevated to the world stage.
‘To demolish, rather than refurbish, seems like an extraordinary waste," Mr Nimmo said.
Sport Minister Stuart Ayres said that the NSW Government has secured NRL Grand Finals games for the next 25 years.
“The SCG will host one Grand Final in 2020 during the construction phase, and we have organised sequencing so that all other Grand Finals will be played at Allianz (2021 and 2022) and ANZ (2023 to 2044),” he said. "When we are finished our stadiums will be the envy of the world.”
ANZ and Allianz currently attract a combined 3.5 million visitors per year.