The New South Wales Government has released their State Infrastructure Strategy update, which will reserve $600 million to support investments in sporting infrastructure.
First on Infrastructure NSW’s recommendation list is the completion of upgrades to the Moore Park sporting precinct, with a focus on Allianz Stadium.
The plan is to turn the Moore Park sporting precinct, which includes Allianz Stadium and the SCG, into an international sporting hub.
NRL CEO David Smith has welcomed the report and agreed that Allianz stadium is the perfect place to start.
“Upgrading Allianz is a logical first step and there is no doubt it will become a cornerstone of Sydney’s stadia network,” Mr Smith told NRL.com.
The report also outlined a need to review major stadium alternatives in the Parramatta and Homebush areas to address the need for a high-profile rectangular sports stadium.
“A second world-class stadium, however, is needed in central western Sydney and we will continue to work with the Government on the best possible solution,” Mr Smith said.
“These are decisions that shape the long-term future and we are determined that the fans of today, and the fans of tomorrow, get the best outcome.”
Planning for a 30,000 seat stadium in outer western Sydney, to accommodate future events and to reflect the rapid population growth, will be discussed.
Tier two classed stadiums, such as Brookvale Oval and Leichhardt Oval, are also in line for a boost.
The report recommends these stadia undergo a conversion to meet community needs – similar to upgrades that have occurred at Belmore Oval and Redfern Stadium. This will include elite training facilities and fields for junior matches and pre-season games.