29 March 2018

Trust Chairman welcomes SFS decision

Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd has welcomed today's decision by the NSW Government to rebuild the Sydney Football Stadium from late 2018. 

"This is a great result for NSW, for Sydney and for the sporting codes and teams that we all love," Mr Shepherd said. "It is also a great result for the members who funded the original construction of the SFS in 1988.

"Most of all it is a great result for the millions of people who visit our sporting precincts each year. They will enjoy the best facilities, the best views and the best that sport has to offer on the doorstep of the CBD.

"Whether it be food or beverage, or access to other facilities – it will be a quantum leap in the match day experience.

"The stadium is home to the NSW Waratahs, Sydney Roosters and Sydney FC as well as a host of other sporting and entertainment events including major concerts, Wallabies Test matches, Socceroos and Matildas matches, international rugby league, women’s sport, NRL Finals, AFLX and Asian Champions League matches.

"I congratulate the Premier and the Sports Minister for taking the time to thoroughly analyse the business cases – and then releasing them publicly. It is very clear that a redevelopment of Allianz Stadium is the most sensible use of public money.

"The stadium will be built entirely on SCG Trust lands. It involves a small increase in capacity and will take full advantage of the new light rail connection to Central and the CBD.

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with the NSW Government and Infrastructure NSW to deliver the stadium vision for our city.

"We will also continue to work closely with our sports partners and other stakeholders, including surrounding business and local communities, to manage the impact of constructing a new world class rectangular stadium at Moore Park."