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May042015

Parramatta--Public-Private Stadium

Parramatta could soon have a new 35,000-seat stadium for Western Sydney Wanderers and Parramatta Eels

There is a push for a new world class stadium at Parramatta. Eels player David Gower and

There is a push for a new world class stadium at Parramatta. Eels player David Gower and Wanderers player Antony Golec would be among those who could play at the potential new venue.

There are plans to demolish Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium - home to Western Sydney Wanderers and Parramatta Eels - and rebuild a world class 35,000 seat undercover stadium linked to light rail.

Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said the cost of the proposal, estimated at up to $400 million, could be funded through a public-private partnership but admits its early days.

Wanderers fans show their colours at Pirtek Stadium at the first leg of the AFC Champions

Wanderers fans show their colours at Pirtek Stadium at the first leg of the AFC Champions LEague final last weekend. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

 

“It would be great if we could do it tomorrow but it doesn’t work like that.

“We just want Parramatta recognised as the best location in western Sydney for a new stadium.

“I have long been an advocate of an international boutique stadium at Parramatta.

ANZ stadium appears empty when there are only about 20,000 fans at games. Picture: Mark E

ANZ stadium appears empty when there are only about 20,000 fans at games. Picture: Mark Evans

 

“There’s Allianz in the east and ANZ stadium at Homebush but we need a middle ground. ANZ can hold 80,000 people but it looks empty with only 30,000.

“Wanderers always sell out their games and the Eels have 40,000 members so it makes sense.

“It offers transport links and before and after match entertainment which is want fans are looking for.”

Parramatta Stadium current $29 million upgrade artist impressions

Parramatta Stadium current $29 million upgrade artist impressions

 

Mr Lee said the North Parramatta precinct redevelopment, which will see developers pay for other infrastructure, would not provide enough funds to build the stadium.

He added that he had put a submission into Infrastructure NSW for an upgrade of the stadium but a new super stadium with a roof could be the best option.

Funding for a $29 million upgrade to create 4000 new seats and bring capacity at Pirtek Stadium, opened in 1986, to 24,000 has already been committed.

 

Parramatta Eels have about 40,000 members. Picture Gregg Porteous

Parramatta Eels have about 40,000 members. Picture Gregg Porteous

 

Lord Mayor Scott Lloyd said western Sydney needed a world class stadium and “what better place than Parramatta.”

“It’s close to public transport and restaurants and its what fans have been wanting and asking for.

“Parramatta Eels fans can’t get tickets and the Wanderers are always selling out - this is the future for sport in western Sydney.”

Parramatta Stadium opened its doors in 1986.

Parramatta Stadium opened its doors in 1986.

 

As well as the Wanderers and Eels, Pirtek stadium is home to Greater Sydney Rams rugby team.

An Infrastructure NSW spokeswoman said the body was developing a response to the Premier’s Rebuilding NSW Plan with sports and cultural infrastructure one of key areas.

“Infrastructure NSW will deliver its 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy to the government before the end of the year.”