Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go

NRL’s ultimatum: Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go
By Michael Chammas and Sam Phillips
May 31, 2020 — 2.18pm

The NRL will meet the NSW government this week armed with the threat of moving the grand final away from Sydney if the state doesn’t deliver up to four boutique suburban stadiums over the next decade.

With the NSW government on Saturday dumping plans for the $800 million redevelopment of ANZ Stadium as it deals with the financial fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, NRL powerbrokers are set to demand funds be redirected towards suburban venues as part of a push to regenerate tribalism in rugby league.

The bargaining power of ARL Commission chair Peter V’landys will be enhanced by the fact the grand final will be sought by at least two other states.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made a cheeky pitch to V’landys for the grand final when she gave the official green light to the game’s three Queensland clubs to play and train in the Sunshine State at the start of the month.

Queensland government sources have since told the Herald that pitch will be renewed if the grand final is made available by the NRL either this year or in the very near future.

The NRL has signed an extension to keep the grand final in Sydney until 2042, but that agreement hinged on a $2 billion promise that included new stadiums at Parramatta and Moore Park, as well as the redevelopment of the former Olympic venue into a rectangular facility.

According to sources with knowledge of the NRL’s stadia strategy, the governing body is delighted with the decision by the NSW government to scrap ANZ Stadium refurbishment plans, and will now lobby for up to four 15,000-20,000-seat stadiums worth about $150 million to $200 million each.

The NRL understands the government’s predicament given the toll of the coronavirus crisis, and is expected to extend the time frame if it agrees to roll out a suburban venue plan that will cater for communities and sporting clubs across many codes.

Manly, Campbelltown, Penrith and Sydney’s south have been earmarked as primary targets, with all nine Sydney clubs to be supported as part of the NRL’s grand plan.

A stadium in Sydney’s south would cater for the Dragons, Sharks and potentially Canterbury, who also have the option of playing out of Bankwest Stadium. South Sydney would have the option of playing matches alongside the Sydney Roosters out of the new stadium at Moore Park, or moving games out west to Bankwest Stadium with the Parramatta Eels.

The Wests Tigers would play the majority of their games out of a new Campbelltown stadium, which would also host new A-League club Macarthur FC. The Penrith Panthers and Manly Sea Eagles would also have a new stadium.

The governing body would much prefer fans being locked out of games than empty grandstands, hence the desire for boutique grounds to cater for crowds of about 15,000.

The strategy will be music to the ears of Nine Entertainment Co chief executive Hugh Marks, who has pushed for the prioritisation of the game’s tribalism as he mulls over a potential broadcast rights extension with the NRL after the 2022 season. (Nine owns this masthead.)

ANZ Stadium would still be used as the code’s major events facility, hosting State of Origin games, blockbuster Sydney finals and the grand final.

The strategy represents a significant change of tack. Just a few years back, the NRL adopted a “build it and they will come” mentality in regards to major stadiums and turned a blind eye to suburban grounds.

While Queensland have already registered their interest in pinching the grand final from NSW, they are not the only state watching the situation very closely.

The West Australian government last year declared Optus Stadium would be the perfect place to host the 2021 decider and Victoria have also registered interest in playing an NRL grand final at the home of AFL — the MCG.

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sports and Major Events, Martin Pakula, declined to comment on Sunday.

Like the four suburban boutique ideas.

Might also position Australia in a better place to bid for a soccer World cup with the extra stadiums and an extra airport in the next decade.

This may finally help us sort out the Home ground Issue.

👍🤞

Definitely a more efficient use of the funds set aside for ANZ. Would be great to see made a reality but they need to account for more than a 15 - 20K capacity. They’re not accounting for future growth in suburban populations or the growth of the game in general.

So has anybody asked Wests Ashfield about Re locating to Campbelltown when they have made there base and operations in the inner west .
The club has put themselves in this situation the real owners of the club will tell them where to play ! The $15 million Pa they get from the NRL will see to that …
I have seen this coming for years ! Multi home grounds where always a death knell in the long term …

Bankwest is the ideal stadium, they already have the plans just to replicate it in the four different suburbs.

@Spartan117 said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

This may finally help us sort out the Home ground Issue.

Yes it does ! now you have to get support out there with supporters with lots of money to spend on memberships and getting corporates on board making it an attractive option !

@bathursttiger1 said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

Bankwest is the ideal stadium, they already have the plans just to replicate it in the four different suburbs.

You do understand only 4 million people live in Sydney !

@Snake said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

@bathursttiger1 said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

Bankwest is the ideal stadium, they already have the plans just to replicate it in the four different suburbs.

You do understand only 4 million people live in Sydney !

You missed by 1.23million people, maybe next time you count take your shoes and socks off.

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Why do Manly and The Riff get their own ground?

Both Brookvale and Riff Stadium already can accommodate 15-20,000.

Why do Manly and The Riff get their own ground?

Both Brookvale and Riff Stadium already can accommodate 15-20,000.

@Snake said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

@bathursttiger1 said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

Bankwest is the ideal stadium, they already have the plans just to replicate it in the four different suburbs.

You do understand only 4 million people live in Sydney !

Closer to 5 million

@willow said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

The Wests Tigers would play the majority of their games out of a new Campbelltown stadium, which would also host new A-League club Macarthur FC. The Penrith Panthers and Manly Sea Eagles would also have a new stadium.

@Snake

Both Cambo and Lo need lots and lots of money thrown at them if they are going to meet the demands of today. I would probably go with Cambo if they could deliver a Bankwest standard stadium, but I get the feeling the funds that trickle down will amount to a upgrade of the toilet block and that’s not good enough.

@mike said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

@Snake said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

@bathursttiger1 said in Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go:

Bankwest is the ideal stadium, they already have the plans just to replicate it in the four different suburbs.

You do understand only 4 million people live in Sydney !

Closer to 5 million

That’s what is said Snake missed by 1.23million.

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