Stadia Strategy Kicks Goals for Sydney
24 Nov 2017
The Sydney Business Chamber says today’s announcement of the rebuild of Allianz and ANZ stadiums brings certainty and clarity for business and is an important outcome for Sydney and the NSW visitor economy.
“The Chamber welcomes this long-awaited decision as it provides a guarantee of funding for both stadiums and allows NSW to stay competitive in attracting and holding major sporting events,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“This decision will ensure two centres of sporting excellence – one at Moore Park and one at Sydney Olympic Park, and will give Sydney the best chance since the Sydney Olympics, of being identified as the provider of world-class sporting facilities.
“This will not only ensure that Sydney will attract outstanding events but will also provide facilities for athletes who require first-class facilities.
“NSW will only remain Australia’s number one destination for tourists if it invests in its infrastructure as it did with the rebuild of the convention, exhibition and entertainment centre.
“While the Chamber is supportive of today’s announcement, there is still unfinished business with parts of the SCG below the standard expected of such an iconic facility.
“Some of the stands at the SCG are past their use-by date and must remain on the NSW Government’s agenda.
Mrs Forsythe said the decision was a good sign for business.
“This is an exciting chance to rethink ANZ Stadium. The redevelopment of the stadium will inject life into the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and will add vibrancy to the area.
“The venue will be more accessible and has the potential to be a retail and commercial centre.
“It will continue to attract some of the best international sporting teams and major music artists to ANZ.
“The redevelopment will meet the needs of modern spectators and will provide a 21st century experience,” she said.