24 November 2017
SCG Trust welcomes Allianz Stadium rebuild
The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust today welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government to redevelop Allianz Stadium.
“Today marks a new era of sport in NSW with a new world class stadium in Sydney’s original sporting precinct,” said Trust Chairman Mr Tony Shepherd.
“This is the biggest injection of funds into the SCG precinct in generations which will truly give our loyal sporting fans and clubs the facilities they so richly deserve.
“Allianz Stadium is failing to meet current safety standards, the venue is old and tired, getting in and out of the ground can be a battle and the stadium is failing player, media, official and spectator expectations.
“The new Allianz Stadium will create better connections with fans, better, safer and faster entry and exit points, better viewing lines, more and much improved food and beverage and toilet facilities and a safe and modern environment. It will have all the features required by the new generation of fans, media, officials and players.
The existing Allianz Stadium will close in late 2018 with demolition to commence soon after. It is scheduled to open in 2021. The SFS opened in 1988 as a Bicentennial Project and was fully funded by the SCG Trust and its members.
It has played host to some of Australian sport’s biggest moments like the famous 1997 Newcastle-Manly grand final, George Gregan’s Bledisloe Cup-saving tackle in 1994 and the 1993 appearance of world football legend Diego Maradona.
The next generation Allianz Stadium will be the third football-specific venue in the SCG precinct, building on the rich legacy of the Sydney Sports Ground (1899) and the current Allianz Stadium.
The new stadium comes with a dual-mode for smaller club or larger championship events. Club mode will provide 30,000 seats with a revolutionary LED mesh screen covering the top deck. The screen will have the ability to show images supporting home teams, driving atmosphere and retaining noise inside the venue.
In championship mode the screen is lifted for marquee events such as Wallabies Test matches, the NRL’s Anzac Day Cup and the A-League’s Sydney Derby revealing the full 45,000-seat stadium.
The Trust acknowledges and thanks the support and advice of its wonderful partners the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC. We have worked with them on plans for suitable alternative venues while construction is underway. Some matches will be relocated to the SCG and other to different Sydney, regional and interstate venues. We all agree that any temporary inconvenience will be worthwhile.
“Along with plans at ANZ and Western Sydney Stadium, Sydney will have the best network of football stadiums in the country,” SCG Trust CEO Jamie Barkley said.
“It will offer the opportunity to host World Cup-type events in an unmatched trio of high class stadiums.
“The new venue will draw major events to Allianz Stadium on the doorstep of the Sydney CBD and will perfectly complement the NSW Government’s City and South East Light Rail project which will make the SCG precinct even easier to get to when it opens in 2019.
“Sydney is a major world city and with today’s investment we will be a world city with world class sporting and entertainment facilities.”
The redevelopment will take place entirely on SCG Trust land which will avoid any concerns about impacting parklands or loss of significant trees.
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