Sports fans and local sporting teams will benefit from a major upgrade of Parramatta Stadium, which will ensure more A-League and NRL matches can be played in Parramatta and secure the stadium’s future as key infrastructure for Western Sydney.
The Federal Labor Government will provide $20 million towards the upgrade of the stadium.
Parramatta Stadium is an iconic Western Sydney landmark and located in the world heritage-listed Parramatta Park, which last year hosted more than 2 million visitors.
As well as being the home ground of the Parramatta Eels, the stadium last year became the home of the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club.
The Stadium was built in 1986 and it no longer meets the needs of this fast growing region.
The Eels already play their largest home games away from Parramatta and tickets to Western Sydney Wanderers games at Parramatta Stadium sold out on three occasions in the club’s debut season.
Demands on Parramatta Stadium will continue to grow with Western Sydney’s population projected to increase to more than 1.6 million by 2031. During the 2012-13 NRL and A-League seasons, Parramatta Stadium hosted over 260,000 patrons.
The funding we are providing will allow players and the growing number of fans to watch and play their favourite sport closer to home and maintain the stadium as a key sporting facility for Western Sydney.
The overall upgrade of Parramatta Stadium is expected to include:
- Upgrading the Eastern Stand, including a new concourse, new food and drink outlets and better bathrooms.
- New corporate hospitality suites and a 500 seat function room, a new kitchen and new lifts
- Better facilities for players including an upgrade of the change rooms and gym in the Western Grandstand, and an extension of the training field to full size.
- An additional 3,300 seats on the Northern and Southern Mounds, bringing the Stadium capacity to 24,000
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.