Work has officially kick-started on the 30,000 seat Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta which will set a new standard for sports fans when it opens in 2019.
The stadium will be the new home to the Parramatta Eels NRL team and the Western Sydney Wanderers A-League football team.
Demolition of the old Pirtek and Parramatta Swimming Centre has been recently completed.
Lendlease was named as the preferred design and construct operator on behalf of Infrastructure NSW in late 2016, in partnership with architects Populous and engineering consultants Aurecon.
The stadium will be able to be converted for large music events, have a 3000 seat VIP area and extensive precinct for fans before and after matches.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee turned the first sod after planning approval was obtained.
“Western Sydney Stadium is a win for sports fans, revolutionising the spectator experience and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy, and creating 2,000 jobs,” Berejiklian said.
“This stadium will be a major boost for Sydney’s infrastructure and will be another venue that we can use to attract major events to NSW. This enormous investment is already generating flow-on benefits with $60 million in contracts awarded to Western Sydney businesses – with plenty more to come.”
“Western Sydney Stadium is first cab off the rank in the Government’s stadia program. A new era of world-class sporting and entertainment facilities is just around the corner," Ayres said.
“Western Sydney Stadium is designed to ensure fans are closer to the action than any stadium in the country. It will offer 3,000 premium seats and a 360-degree open concourse with views of the playing field - meaning fans won’t miss any of the action.”
Lee said it forms part of an unprecedented investment in infrastructure in the area.
“With integrated transport links and investment in local cultural facilities, Western Sydney Stadium will be an extremely inviting precinct with an open air cinema, green space, BBQ decks and kids play areas forming part of the project,” Lee said.
Western Sydney Stadium is the first of three expected stadium upgrades or rebuilds being undertaken by the NSW government.
It has set aside $1.6 billion for this new venue at Parramatta and for upgrades at both ANZ and Allianz stadiums.
Berejiklian said previously that funding could be increased if it is decided that Allianz Stadium needs to be rebuilt or substantially upgraded.