Wanderers fans behind stadium windfall - Gallop
A new 30,000 capacity rectangular stadium will be built at Parramatta – home to the Western Sydney Wanderers and its burgeoning fan-base.
Sydney FC will also benefit from the NSW Government’s commitment to “world-class sporting venues” with a new rectangular stadium at Moore Park, seating between 50,000 and 55,000.
The Parramatta Stadium rebuild is the first priority with completion expected around 2019.
Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop welcomed the Government’s decision to “give priority to the western Sydney project”.
“This is a great outcome for football and the Wanderers. It demonstrates football’s strength and popularity in the west of Sydney,” Gallop said.
“If not for the thousands of Wanderers fans who regularly fill the current Parramatta Stadium, there wouldn’t have been a compelling case for the funding."
Although there are questions surrounding the funding of the overall package, Gallop was in no doubt football's growing fan base had helped drive the investment.
Gallop also welcomed plans for a new rectangular stadium at Moore Park and the redevelopment of ANZ Stadium.
“These investments will provide much-needed new facilities for football fans and will showcase football’s major events," he said.
“I’m delighted that Sydney FC will get a brand new home for their growing fan base. It’s worth noting that the Sydney derby between Sydney FC and the Wanderers is the biggest annual event at Allianz Stadium.
“It’s important that ANZ Stadium becomes a world-class rectangular stadium with a 70,000-plus capacity to enable Sydney to compete with the likes of Melbourne’s MCG.
“I’ve been saying that from the outset of this debate. Sydney needs a world-class, major event venue for big Socceroos matches, A-League Grand Finals and big games with European clubs.
“All football fans will congratulate the Baird Government for the commitment to more than $1 billion in investment. Having the right mix of sports and entertainment venues will make a huge difference to Sydney’s stature as one of the world’s great cities.”
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said: “Today’s announcement of a brand new $300 million stadium on the current Pirtek Stadium site will be a massive boon for the Wanderers our members and the people of Western Sydney.
“The NSW State Government has listened and has acted and what a great moment this is for our supporters and our region.
“As a born and bred Western Sydney local this will be a truly world class facility in our own backyard.”