Frequently asked questions
Why is the NSW Government redeveloping stadiums at Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park and the SCG precinct?
The NSW Government is investing in its major stadia network to ensure NSW is home to world-class sporting precincts – the new Western Sydney Stadium in Parramatta, a redeveloped Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park and a redeveloped Stadium Australia in Sydney Olympic Park.
With three world class venues, NSW will offer an unrivalled spectator experience and Sydney will be a top competitor against major national and international cities for important global events and entertainment – like international tournaments, world cups, the NRL grand final, State of Origin rugby league and global concert performances.
Why are we knocking down Allianz Stadium?
Allianz Stadium is now 30 years old and has reached the end of its useful life. It has provided the stage for some of Australia’s biggest sporting moments including rugby league grand finals, Bledisloe Cups and FIFA World Cup qualifiers. But just as we outgrew the Sydney Sports Ground in the mid-1980s, the time has come to develop the next generation world-class rectangular stadium in Sydney’s original sporting precinct.
Will there be changes to the precinct?
To meet the requirements of a modern stadium, the footprint of the new stadium will move.
This will improve circulation around the stadium precinct, but it will impact and cause disruption to a number existing buildings including the Venue Services office, the Sheridan Building, Sydney Roosters, Cricket NSW and Sydney FC. Rugby Australia House and the NRL's Rugby League Central will be unaffected.
The NSW Government and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust are working with impacted stakeholders to minimise disruption wherever possible and assist in finding alternative accommodation where necessary.
Will the new stadium be bigger and take over public space?
The new stadium’s proposed capacity is up to 45,000, the same size as the current venue. The new stadium will be built entirely on SCG Trust-designated lands and will not encroach on the parklands, Driver Avenue or Fox Studios.
How can I have my say?
Infrastructure NSW, on behalf of the NSW Government and in collaboration with the Trust is overseeing the planning of the SFS redevelopment, and will be consulting with the community and other key stakeholders in the coming months to ensure their views are considered in the stage one environmental impact statement.
The Trust will manage the process of consulting with members and we will ensure all members are provided with several opportunities to provide feedback to the project on the proposals through online surveys and focus groups.
What will happen to the Stadium Club, services and surrounding facilities?
In the immediate future, access for Gold and Platinum members and their guests remains unchanged. The ultimate solution for the relocation of the Stadium Club facilities and services is being finalised. Members will be kept informed of developments as we work through the design and construction phase. The interests of members are a high priority and alternative arrangements are currently being negotiated.
What about the practice of cars parking on the grasslands of Moore Park East?
The SCG Trust is already responsible for the greening of Moore Park East, having funded the construction of the Sydney Swans’ and Sydney Roosters’ training fields – reducing the amount of space available for car parking.
The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust manage Moore Park East and the training fields. The SCG Trust is supportive of phasing out the practice of on-grass parking in Moore Park East as long as viable alternative options are available for the nearly two million fans who attend events at the SCG and Allianz Stadium each year.
When will construction of the new football stadium start?
The project is scheduled to begin in late 2018, subject to planning approvals.
Where will the sport played at Allianz Stadium be relocated to?
The Trust is working with the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC and the relevant codes on plans for suitable alternative venues while construction is under way. Some matches will be relocated to the SCG and other suburban and regional NSW venues.