Parramatta has agreed a deal to become an anchor tenant with the new Western Sydney Stadium (WSS).
There were fears the Eels would fail to agree a deal with the tenant before the release of the NRL fixture.
Negotiations between the Eels and WSS operators VenuesLive hit a stand-still as both parties could not agree on a deal.
Last week Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr labelled the deal offered by VenuesLiver as “not acceptable”.
“All we want is a fair and reasonable deal. At the moment, the financial outcomes we’re projecting are not where we want them. It just doesn’t stack up for us at the moment,” Gurr told The Sydney Morning Herald.
However, after a series of negotiations both parties agreed on a deal, which will see the Eels play home games at the venue from the 2019 season.
In a club statement, Gurr said the Eels and VenuesLive will both benefit from the deal.
We have reached an “agreement-in-principle” to play the future home games of the Parramatta Eels at the magnificent Western Sydney Stadium. This agreement-in-principle commences in 2019 and confirms the Parramatta Eels will be a key anchor tenant at Western Sydney Stadium.
Following detailed negotiations with the stadium operator (VenuesLive), our Board and Management are satisfied that all issues have been addressed and the focus is now on ensuring Western Sydney Stadium and the Parramatta Leagues Club precinct will deliver the best game day experience for our Members, corporate partners and community stakeholders.
We are extremely pleased to have reached this stage and to confirm Western Sydney Stadium as our new home. This Stadium will provide our Members and commercial partners with an outstanding game day experience and will also contribute to the Club’s financial stability, allowing us to invest further in our Football teams.
The Eels will host the West Tigers on Easter Monday, 22 April 2019 in their inaugural game at the new $300 million stadium.