Plans for the A$810 million redevelopment of the ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, Australia, have been revealed.
The NSW Government has unveiled the scheme, which would see the stadium’s capacity reduced from 85,500 to 70,000, with capacity for a further 20,000 people on the field for concerts.
The plans include changing the playing field from an oval to a rectangular shape.
ANZ Stadium (Stadium Australia) was opened in 1999 for the 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games and, at the time, was the largest Olympic Stadium ever built and the second largest stadium in Australia.
The site forms part of Sydney Olympic Park which is a sporting and economic centre in
metropolitan Sydney that covers 680 hectares.
The NSW Government said in an Environmental Statement for the project that fan event experience is a crucial determining factor in the success of events and, therefore, the ongoing demand for and viability of major venues.
The statement said:
The current stadium is identified as having a poor stadium experience, particularly for rectangular sports, which is only expected to compound as the stadium ages. In particular, sightlines, roof coverage, technology, food and beverage offerings, members and corporate facilities, and other amenities all play a significant role in the overall fan and hirer experience and the stadiums ability to attract and retain fans and events.
There is a strategic need to rectify these deficiencies and ensure the ongoing success and longevity of the stadium.
The Development Application seeks approval for works to refurbish the existing stadium, comprising the following:
- Reconfiguring the field of play to a permanent rectangular configuration;
- Redeveloping the lower and middle seating bowl to locate seating closer to the field and increase the pitch (steepness) of the seating bowl, which has the effect of reducing the capacity to approximately 70,000 seats (plus an additional 20,000 persons on the field during concerts);
- Providing 100% drip-line roof coverage to all permanent seats by replacing the northern and southern sections of the roof and extending the existing eastern and western sections of the roof;
- Providing a new northern and southern public stadium entrance, including a new stadium facade and double-height concourse;
- Renewing the food and beverage concessions, bathrooms, team facilities including new gender neutral changerooms, members and corporate facilities, press and broadcast facilities, and back of house areas;
- Providing new signage, high-definition video replay screens, LED lighting, and other functional improvements;
- Retaining the public domain areas surrounding the stadium that deliver a range of publicly accessible, event and operational areas, with minor works for tree removal;
- Part of the existing stadium forecourt will be used as a construction compound during the construction phase and reinstated following the completion of works and prior to commencement of stadium operations.
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