Sydney is getting $1 billion upgrades in 3 sports stadiums


The NSW Government is looking at spending $1 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade sports stadiums in Sydney

NSW Premier Mike Baird said much of the city’s sporting infrastructure lagging behind other states and major cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Stadium Australia in Homebush, Parramatta stadium further west and football stadium next to the SCG are all earmarked for the upgrades.

“Our first priority is building a new 30,000 seat stadium at Parramatta on the site of the existing facility,” Baird said.

The 80,000 seat ANZ stadium — built for the 2000 Olympics — will be refitted in plans that also include a retractable roof and grandstands, as well as an entertainment precinct featuring bars, cafes and restaurants.

Its operators, Stadium Australia Group, have been lobbying the state government for at least $250 million towards its proposed $350 million revamp.

An artist’s impression of how the revamped ANZ stadium.

The Government also wants to replace Allianz Stadium at Moore Park, home ground for the Waratahs rugby union and Sydney Roosters NRL clubs, with a new 55,000-seat stadium’

“More events will be held in Sydney and that can only mean increased business for hotels, restaurants, bars and other services,” NRL chief executive Dave Smith said.

A new indoor arena is also expected to be built near the CBD.