Stadiums

A secret bid to dump the redevelopment of ANZ stadium and build three suburban mini-stadiums instead has been torpedoed by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal a plan was put to a high-ranking government minister three weeks ago to deliver stunning state of the art venues for the Manly Sea Eagles, St George-Illawarra, the Cronulla Sharks, the Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers.

Under the $750 million proposal that would have left ANZ Stadium untouched:

● The dilapidated Brookvale Oval on Sydney’s northern beaches was to be bulldozed and rebuilt in the first stage of the project next year.

● The Dragons and Sharks were to share a new stadium in Sydney’s south at either Kogarah or Woolooware.

● The Panthers were to get a new venue on their existing site in the home electorate of ‘stadium’ minister Stuart Ayres.

● Money would also have gone to Leichhardt Oval for a major upgrade.
Each of the stadiums would have cost $250 million with a crowd capacity of 25,000 and included corporate facilities to match the best in the country.

The mini boutique stadiums were to be shared with other sports including rugby union and A League franchises and house modern sports medicine facilities and high performance academies.

Importantly it would have given struggling NRL clubs the opportunity to compete with the likes of the Brisbane Broncos, who play out of Suncorp Stadium and the Cowboys are to play in a new stadium in Townsville next year.

Despite some support within cabinet, the proposal was abandoned by the Premier, who instead negotiated the $15 million deal to keep the next two grand finals in Sydney at the SCG and vowed to stick with the original $2 billion stadium strategy.

Incoming independent commission chairman Peter V’landys, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg, outgoing chairman Peter Beattie, Mr Ayres and influential commentator Phil Gould were all either involved in high powered meetings with government officials or aware of the moves.

Greenberg confirmed the discussions at the highest levels had taken place.

“There were a variety of views and opinions within the government about ANZ Stadium and how that money should be spent,” he said.

“Peter V’landys and I are absolutely aligned on the fact suburban grounds need money — it’s an absolute priority. This isn’t just about the NRL, it’s for all levels of the game and community organisations.

“These suburban grounds unite communities and that’s a great outcome for everyone.

“We will always campaign for money for our suburban venues. You can expect Peter and I to be advocating strongly for our suburban grounds because we want the best facilities right across the city for our fans.”

The backflip on Homebush had the support of TV networks Fox Sports and Channel Nine who pour $2 billion into the game but often have to broadcast matches with a backdrop of tens of thousands of empty seats.

ANZ Stadium was to be kept for Origin and the finals in its current condition until more government funding became available in the future.

It is understood on grand final night two weeks ago the Premier was seen to be involved in a tense conversation with V’landys about the government’s stadium commitments.

Asked about conversation, V’landys sarcastically said: “We were chatting about The Block on Channel Nine and disagreeing on who we thought would win.”

The plan had the support of key government figures in cabinet but the premier insisted ANZ Stadium had to be upgraded as the city’s home for major events including grand finals, Origins and blockbuster shows.

The Premier’s rejection of the suburban stadiums idea is a significant blow for the long-term survival hopes of Sydney’s traditional old clubs.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/gladys-berejiklian-stops-secret-plan-to-dump-anz-redevelopment/news-story/4ef4c4f7d41cd407d0deaabb6c5774d8

I love the maths. A $750m proposal for 4 venues @250m each. Lol

Toddy has been talking about big stadia his whole time as boss but now is loving the new boss’ ideas about suburbans. His days are numbered.

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@gallagher said in Stadiums:

I love the maths. A $750m proposal for 4 venues @250m each. Lol

Toddy has been talking about big stadia his whole time as boss but now is loving the new boss’ ideas about suburbans. His days are numbered.

Toddy saying the right things so he can get that $250k bonus that the commission has to approve 😆

@WT2K said in Stadiums:

@gallagher said in Stadiums:

I love the maths. A $750m proposal for 4 venues @250m each. Lol

Toddy has been talking about big stadia his whole time as boss but now is loving the new boss’ ideas about suburbans. His days are numbered.

Toddy saying the right things so he can get that $250k bonus that the commission has to approve 😆

Little grub.

I think Toddles will show himself to be quite obsequious around Mr V’landys over the next few months.

@BalmainJnr said in Stadiums:

I think Toddles will show himself to be quite obsequious around Mr V’landys over the next few months.

It doesn’t sound like thats the type of person V’Landys would like.

I wouldn’t be too ecstatic over the proposal - 3 new suburban stadiums to replace existing at brookvale, penrith & a shared kogarah- sharks. Plus some money to upgrade leichhardt. WT would still be behind the eight ball at it would only be a upgrade, probably with not too many dollars, to an outdated run down facility that has not really been supported by the local council. And it’s traffic problems remain. I wonder if WT had any say in this proposal? Identification of LO as the homeground for the WT has never been raised by the clubs executive or CEO to date, nor its merits vs the other options (campbelltown /-homebush / concord / Parramatta bankwest).

@2005magic said in Stadiums:

I wouldn’t be too ecstatic over the proposal - 3 new suburban stadiums to replace existing at brookvale, penrith & a shared kogarah- sharks. Plus some money to upgrade leichhardt. WT would still be behind the eight ball at it would only be a upgrade, probably with not too many dollars, to an outdated run down facility that has not really been supported by the local council. And it’s traffic problems remain. I wonder if WT had any say in this proposal? Identification of LO as the homeground for the WT has never been raised by the clubs executive or CEO to date, nor its merits vs the other options (campbelltown /-homebush / concord / Parramatta bankwest).

Yeah, I don’t really see the benefit to is in that proposal. It really would see us left behind most clubs and put us in serious trouble!

@gallagher I think you’ll find the $750m will go to Manly, Sharks/Dragons, Panthers and we will get some left over shrapnel for a coat of paint at Leichardt.

One day all and sundry will wake UP! Either the improved ANZ or BankWest are the only options moving into the next decade!
It is well over due that the club and its soft supporter base Realise the only clubs that will survive past the next decade are the ones that choice to play out of modern arenas … play out of antiquated small suburban grounds at your peril and you will perish .
If this club and its supporter base want to be a power house of an organisation this is the only option … the small minded thinking about CS and Leichhardt is just that these grounds are yesterday’s Swan songs … do not be fooled about the Rosie factor that is put out by the broadcasters these parasites will though our club under a bus When the time comes .
If you want to be one of the big boys of the league play out of the modern stadia that has been provided other wise it will be thanks for the memories!

@Snake said in Stadiums:

One day all and sundry will wake UP! Either the improved ANZ or BankWest are the only options moving into the next decade!
It is well over due that the club and its soft supporter base Realise the only clubs that will survive past the next decade are the ones that choice to play out of modern arenas … play out of antiquated small suburban grounds at your peril and you will perish .
If this club and its supporter base want to be a power house of an organisation this is the only option … the small minded thinking about CS and Leichhardt is just that these grounds are yesterday’s Swan songs … do not be fooled about the Rosie factor that is put out by the broadcasters these parasites will though our club under a bus When the time comes .
If you want to be one of the big boys of the league play out of the modern stadia that has been provided other wise it will be thanks for the memories!

Unless you can fit a 40 000 seat stadium at Concord and link it with the COE , your 100% right

Wouldn’t be surprised if it was an NRL tactic to add more pressure on the State Govt. Didn’t they announce the Grand Final compensation deal just after this story came around?

I think people underestimate the power of the TV audience. The money in the game is generated through the TV deals that is what the NRL is most interested in preserving rather than attracting 40,000 crowds every week at club games.

I love Leichardt oval but we need to look to the future. They have just announced north Burwood metro station at the corner of burwood and parramatta roads with entrances on both the north and south sides of Parramatta Road (one block from concord oval). Let’s play out of Concord - 1 heritage round at Campbelltown and Leichardt each and we are done.

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