25 March 2019
SCG and Roosters agree to 25-year partnership
THE Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds and Sydney Roosters have signed a landmark partnership that will see the reigning NRL premiers play home games and finals at the Allianz Sydney Football Stadium for at least the next 25 years when it opens in 2022.
It is the longest hiring agreement between a stadium and club in rugby league history. The Roosters’ NRL and NRLW teams will be integral to the SCG precinct’s next chapter.
The NSW Government’s redevelopment is under way. The new venue will deliver a world-class sporting experience for fans, teams and players in Australia’s premier city.
Quotes attributable to Tony Shepherd, Chairman – Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds
“This is a historic announcement for the SCG and Roosters. One that ushers in a new era for rugby league, just like when Easts played their first game here in 1913.
“The club was formed at the top of Oatley Road in January 1908 and remains bonded to the precinct by geography, membership and heritage.
“The Roosters’ sporting achievements at our grounds read like a history of rugby league. We are proud to continue to build on this century-long partnership.
“The line of Roosters superstars who have played here is unbroken from Dally Messenger to Latrell Mitchell and everyone in between.
“I am delighted that it will continue for generations to come and the new stadium will no doubt be the stage for the rugby league stars of the future.
“I congratulate my good friend the Roosters chairman Nick Politis. Nick is renowned for his foresight and long-term planning. This an enormous vote of confidence in the new stadium.
“Nick’s long-term contribution and dedication to rugby league, the Roosters and Australian sport is without equal.”
Quotes attributable to Kerrie Mather, CEO – Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds
“The SCG is incredibly proud that the Roosters and their supporters will call the new stadium home for the next 25 years – it’s an innovative new partnership model that has its foundation in our shared history.
“This new agreement takes our partnership to a new level. It is a true partnership where together we will focus on driving increased attendance, attracting new supporters and further strengthening the club’s and our engagement with the community.
“I’m personally delighted that a key element of our partnership is tied to increasing the presence and participation of women in elite sport via the NRLW.
“The new stadium will be the most significant change to our city’s sporting environment in decades and we are invested in the Roosters’ future success here.
“When the new stadium opens it will continue from where the current one left off, with a full calendar of events as the busiest dedicated rectangular venue in Australia.”
Quotes attributable to Nick Politis, Chairman – Sydney Roosters
“These grounds have always been our spiritual home and the binding agreement we’ve signed with the SCG means this will always be our home.
“We played our first matches here at the old Show Ground, moved to the Sports Ground and then Allianz Stadium.
“We’ve had some of our most famous moments on the SCG, including the 1974-75 premierships that marked the start of my involvement with the Roosters.
“Our whole club is excited about what the new stadium will deliver for our members, supporters and players and for rugby league across the board. It cannot happen soon enough.”
Quotes attributable to Joe Kelly, CEO – Sydney Roosters
“This is a significant announcement for our great club. We believe signing up long-term to what will be a world-class sporting venue is in the best interests of our members and supporters.
“We have been assured that the public facilities will provide a spectator experience unlike Sydney has ever seen.
“Not only will our members, corporate partners and supporters be the beneficiaries of a wonderful match day experience where every seat is close to the action, but also our male and female players will be treated to facilities that they deserve and which allows them to showcase their incredible talents.
“The new stadium will be a Roosters fortress, with at least 250 home matches over the term of the contract, including the annual Anzac Day Cup and our home finals.
“In any true partnership, there has to be something in it for both parties. We believe this deal will have exactly that.
“We provide the new stadium with certainty of tenure over a long-period and in return the partnership delivers the best commercial return for the Sydney Roosters.
“We look forward to keeping our members and supporters updated throughout the redevelopment.”
The Roosters deal, which will run from 2022 to 2046, is the latest long-term hiring agreement between the Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds and its home teams and codes.
Other current long-term arrangements include:
- NSW Waratahs home Super Rugby matches and Super Rugby finals through to 2031
- Wallabies Test matches through to 2031
- Sydney FC home A-League matches, A-League Finals Series, Asian Champions League matches through to 2026
- Sydney Swans home AFL matches and AFL Finals Series matches through to 2046
- Cricket Australia (Test matches and men’s and women’s limited overs international cricket) through to 2022
- Cricket NSW (Sydney Sixers home BBL matches and finals, NSW home matches) through to 2022