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SBD Global/October 13, 2017/Facilities

Allianz Stadium Tenants Pen Letter Lobbying For Redevelopment

The clubs and codes that use Allianz Stadium have "continued the lobbying of the state government" by drafting a letter urging NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to "knock down and rebuild the venue with a minimum capacity of 35,000," according to Brent Read of THE AUSTRALIAN. As the state government edges toward making a decision on where to direct the A$1.6B ($1.25B) it has "earmarked for Sydney stadiums," the Alliance of Moore Park Sports is "ready to re-enter the debate by outlining its vision for the future." The state government reportedly "could make a decision on its stadium plans as early as next week, heightening the sense of urgency and edginess within the codes and clubs over Allianz and ANZ Stadiums." The letter drafted by AMPS suggested that the codes "support two world-class venues in the Moore Park precinct." One would be the Sydney Cricket Ground once all of its stands have been upgraded. The other would involve a new venue where Allianz Stadium currently stands. The letter to Berejiklian discusses a minimum capacity of 35,000, although it is understood that "some of the codes would like the ground to hold significantly more than that." Current capacity is "in excess of 45,000." While the National Rugby League "made it clear" its preference would be to see work started on a redevelopment of ANZ Stadium as a priority -- March 2019 was discussed in a letter addressed to Berejiklian earlier this month -- it is understood "rugby union's desire is to make Allianz Stadium the priority" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/13).
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