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Upcoming NSW Government funding package to include a redeveloped Penrith stadium and a roof for Stadium Australia

Upcoming NSW Government funding package to include a redeveloped Penrith stadium and a roof for Stadium Australia
November 21, 2021

The NSW Government’s latest round of funding backing for major venues is expected to include funds for a redevelopment of the Penrith Panthers’ BlueBet Stadium and the revival of plans to add a retractable roof to Stadium Australia at Sydney Olympic Park.

With the NSW Government having abandoned the $810 million redevelopment of Stadium Australia in 2020 and the NRL pushing for taxpayer funds to repurpose suburban venues into what have previously been call “mini Bankwests” (boutique stadiums in the style of Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium, media outlets have suggested that NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet will soon announce plans to spend $800 million on stadium infrastructure in metropolitan Sydney over the next five years.

Recent reports have suggested that the NSW Government is ready to back a $300 million rebuild in for the reigning NRL Premiers in Penrith which will provide the club a new 20,000-seat stadium.

With construction to begin at the end of the 2022 season, the Panthers would play at CommBank Stadium for two years, before returning to their new home for the 2025 season.

Also expected to receive upgrades are Brookvale Oval and Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah.

Leichhardt Oval will reportedly miss out as will Wollongong’s WIN Stadium and Entertainment Centres, despite past pledges of funding for venue upgrades.

Uncertainty surrounds whether a long proposed new venue in Liverpool will be backed.

Plans for Stadium are believed to include a $120 million retractable roof proposed for the venue, although this will fall well short of the $700 million redevelopment of the two decade old venue that was announced in 2016, but dropped dumped in 2020.

A roof was first proposed as part of a $250 million redevelopment plan back in 2013, before a more significant $350 million revamp was unveiled later that year.

Reports over recent days have also suggested that the NRL is considering building a stadium in Sydney's south-west with the assistance of the Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Tigers at a site near Liverpool or Rossmore. 

A formal announcement on the NSW Government’s plan is expected by Christmas.

Images: Penrith Panthers’ BlueBet Stadium (top) and the 2019 concept for the redevelopment of Stadium Australia (below).

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