SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: A supporter celebrates as the Sea Eagles are awarded a try during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on September 27, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

New stadium boost for fans

Rugby League fans in New South Wales will secure the world-class facilities they deserve under the new stadium program unveiled by the NSW Government today.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the decision to build new stadia at Sydney Olympic Park and Moore Park – in addition to the new Western Sydney stadium at Parramatta – is the breakthrough the game needs to draw more people to matches.

“Our fans will now have access to three world-class stadia where they can watch anything from Telstra Premiership games through to State of Origin and Grand Finals,” he said.

“Those games will be held in rectangular venues, purpose-built for rugby league with fans able to sit closer to the action than ever before.

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“It’s a great result for our clubs, for our fans and for the game.”

Mr Greenberg said the NRL would now commit to keeping the Grand Final in Sydney for the next 25 years.

One Grand Final is likely to be staged at the Sydney Cricket Ground while ANZ and Allianz Stadiums are under construction.

Mr Greenberg said at least one State of Origin match will also be held in Sydney each year for the length of the agreement.

“We have always said that if the NSW Government is going to spend billions of dollars on new venues, then we will commit to using those facilities for our biggest events,” he said.

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The NRL has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Government pledging to keep the Grand Final in Sydney as long as the timeline for construction of the new stadia is met.

6 COMMENTS

  1. At least we will get state of the art stadiums 45000 and 75000 as I have been to every ground and rate Suncorp the best by miles

  2. The GF might be suitable for this stadium, but that’s about it. The NRL seem that far detached from reality it’s not funny. Big stadiums with no atmosphere, over-priced F&B and tickets and political agendas. Give me a good suburban ground with 20,000 people any day.

  3. Three new rectangular stadiums within 30 kilometres of each other and they currently have trouble drawing crowds of 10,000 in Sydney. I don’t think new stadiums will change those numbers….look at the Gold coast with a great new ground and good transport infrastructure and it still fails to consistently deliver. The GC has continually failed to support its various sporting codes just like some major areas of inner Sydney. Brisbane fills Suncorp but they are a one team town in a BIG town. Sydney needs to offload some teams and that $2.5b would be better spent relocating teams than building new stadiums. If I was still a NSW tax payer I’d be furious
    PS: Surely Parramatta isn’t Western Sydney anymore

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