The New South Wales Government has axed plans to refurbish the ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park in Australia in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The revamp had been planned to transform the 85,000 seat cricket oval into a more flexible 70,000 seat multipurpose venue.
The refurbished facility had been expected to deliver a better experience by bringing fans closer to the action and making all seats undercover.
The A$800 million intended for the stadium project will now be used as part of a new A$3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund announced by state premier Gladys Berejiklian.
The government said the Stadium Australia rebuild was a sensible project backed by the people of NSW at last year’s election, but in the current health and economic climate it no longer makes sense.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the fast-tracking of projects would support jobs across the entire state and the government was in the process of identifying them. He said:
The communities of NSW have been through an incredibly tough period with continued drought, horrific bushfires and now COVID-19 and the best path to recovery is creating jobs.
An unprecedented crisis calls for an unprecedented recovery and redirecting funding from Stadium Australia to job-creating infrastructure builds is the right thing to do for the people of NSW.