Sydney fury at government stadium plan
All three clubs have united in shock against the State Government's suprise announcement to rebuid from the ground up on the current site, forcing the clubs to find new homes for up to four years.
In a join statement tonight, the clubs said they were expecting either a renovation to the existing Allianz Stadium or an entire new build on neighbouring ground to minimise the effect on crowds.
"It was the clear understanding of all three clubs up until today that there would be a new stadium built – without interruption to Allianz Stadium’s operations. If the New South Wales Government is unable to achieve this, then our overriding preference is for a major renovation of the existing stadium," the statement says.
The clubs also believe that any loss incurred by relocating due to such a rebuilding would be irreparable.
"We strongly oppose a new stadium on the existing site, as a forced relocation out of Allianz Stadium for four seasons will be disastrous for all three clubs, their respective Members and fans," the club said in their joint media release.
"The damage that would be caused to the three clubs would extend well beyond the four year construction period, as it would take many years to fully recover and would require major levels of compensation for impacted clubs."
The group highlighted other rebuilds around the country where existing stadia were still used during renovations.
The statement added: "With modern construction techniques, there are a number of examples of major stadia that have remained operational throughout their renovation, including Adelaide Oval, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground."
The new 55,000-seater stadium at Moore Park is one of three major stadium revelopments planned for Sydney, with work about to begin on Pirtek Stadium - home of Western Sydney Wanderers - while ANZ Stadium is also set to be upgraded with increased capacity and a new roof.