Following its upgrade, Sydney Showground Stadium is now set to retain and attract numerous events well into the future.
Barry O’Farrell, New South Wales Premier and Minister for Western Sydney, and Graham Annesley, Minister for Sport and Recreation, recently reopened the upgraded Sydney Showground Stadium. The stadium redevelopment was jointly funded by the New South Wales Government ($45 million), the Australian Football League ($12 million) and the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales ($7 million).
Key features of the upgrade included:
- new grandstands to the northeast and southeast of the stadium
- an increase in capacity from approximately 13,000 to 25,000, with all additional capacity seated and 40,000 capacity in concert mode, and
- upgraded corporate hospitality, bars and function space, as well as new media facilities and improved audio and sound systems.
Michael Kenny, Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales (RAS) chief executive, states that the new stadium will enable the RAS to retain and attract a larger breadth of events well into the future. “Sydney Showground already has an enviable reputation as a leader in the events industry and this upgrade will only strengthen its position and generate significant economic activity in Western Sydney and for the state of New South Wales. The upgrade of this government-owned, RAS-operated asset is a long term investment for the community,” he imparts.
“The New South Wales Government’s investment has created a multi-purpose facility in the heart of Western Sydney,” O’Farrell comments. “Western Sydney residents are the big beneficiaries of this upgrade, with the establishment of yet another first class sporting facility in the region.”