Western Sydney’s future 30,000 seat stadium at Parramatta is one step closer to reality with demolition work of Pirtek Stadium now under way.
Minister for Sport and Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said the new venue will cater for bigger crowds, provide an improved game day experience and bring major benefits to the Western Sydney economy.
“Demolition of Pirtek Stadium is now under way, a major step in delivering the biggest investment in sporting and entertainment infrastructure since the 2000 Olympics,” Mr Ayres said.
“Western Sydney Stadium will not only attract world class sporting and entertainment events, but offer Western Sydney’s economy a massive shot in the arm, employing 1200 people during construction and more than 900 people once operational. Hundreds of items from seats to catering equipment, lockers, lighting and corporate furniture were gifted to community sporting organisations from as far away as Moree and Wagga Wagga, with larger items repurposed at WIN Stadium and McDonald Jones Stadium in the Hunter.”
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said more than 500 fans took home a piece of history from the stadium last year including seats and turf from the hallowed ground.
“Demolition marks an emotional time for the hundreds of thousands of people who have enjoyed watching sporting and entertainment greats, and now all our sporting and entertainment fans can now see the next chapter begin,” Mr Lee said.
“This stadium holds some of the strongest memories for Eels, Wanderers and entertainment fans who have taken the once in a lifetime opportunity take home a piece of history. Keepsakes ranging from seats to pieces of the ground’s hallowed turf are now at home with fans across the country as far as Perth, a significant part of the Parramatta Stadium story.”
Work to demolish the existing stadium is expected to be completed by mid this year and the new stadium will open to fans in 2019.
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