Stadium Australia at Olympic Park may have to wait longer for a reno but a major figure has opened the door for smaller stadiums, even an all new boutique build has been mooted.
None other than the NSW premier himself, Dominic Perrotet has confirmed he’ll push for suburban grounds to receive redevelopments over the Olympic Park centre piece. Surprisingly a new stadium could be built as well.
Its been reported that the state government in association with the NRL will focus on a stadium policy that favours suburban ground redevelopment similar to policy that allowed Parramatta Stadium to be knocked down and replaced by Commbank Stadium (nee BankWest Stadium).
Rather than the expensive changes to the large Stadium Australia, the state government will focus on ‘suburban grounds’ and turn them into boutique smaller stadiums.
A new multi-purpose venue for Liverpool has been proposed too. The NRL’s Wests Tigers and Canturbery-Bankstown Bulldogs would be expected to play at the new venue and the A-League Men’s side Macarthur Bulls potentially too.
Commbank Stadium in Parramatta is home to the NRL’s Parramatta Eels and A League Men’s Western Sydney Wanderers
This could leave Campbelltown Sports Stadium without tennants should the Bulls move and Tigers (who split their homes across Campbelltown, Commbank and Liechhardt Oval) follow.
Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’landys has voiced his support behind ‘suburban grounds’ believing they add to the tribalism nature of supporting your NRL side.
NRL premiers the Penrith Panthers are expected to see their home of Penrith Stadium go under redevelopment soon.