Construction work on the A$800 million rebuild of the Sydney Football Stadium started this week, with completion scheduled for September 2022.
First concrete has been poured at the site next door to the Sydney Cricket Ground. Some 40,000 cubic metres of concrete will provide the foundations for the new stadium.
The rebuilt stadium is scheduled to host the National Rugby League Grand Final in October 2022 as well as matches at the soccer Women’s World Cup in 2023, which Australia will co-host with New Zealand.
Acting New South Wales minister for sport Geoff Lee said the government was sticking to its schedule for delivering the 42,500-capacity stadium. He said:
We’ve always made the commitment that it will be ready for the 2022 NRL grand final.
It’s absolutely on track according to our schedule. This is another exciting milestone setting the foundations for the stadium to start rising from the ground.
Contractor John Holland has done a remarkable job. Covid hasn’t slowed it down. It’s on track at the moment. This is about jobs, jobs and more jobs. It’s about creating jobs in the times of pandemic. You can see so many people working on the ground.
The new Sydney Football Stadium has been designed to have two modes, a 30,000-seat club layout with a screen masking the top tier of seats, which would be removed to allow 15,000 more fans to watch marquee football and rugby matches.
The rectangular stadium will have substantially improved sightlines, a roof that covers all patrons, with vastly improved amenities, food and beverage options and accessibility.