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NSW Government buys back ANZ Stadium

NSW Government buys back ANZ Stadium
June 16, 2016

The NSW Government has acquired ownership of Sydney’s ANZ Stadium for a reported sum of $220 million.

As part of its plan for the upgrading of Sydney’s major sporting venues, the NSW Government is buying out the final 15 years of the venue’s ownership from Infrastructure Capital Group which is majority-owned by AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.

The deal sees the Stadium Australia Group (SAG) continue to oversee daily operations at the stadium, headed by Chief Executive Daryl Kerry.

The new deal paves the way for the NSW Government’s planned $700 million project to turn ANZ Stadium into a permanent rectangular venue and for the venue’s management to merge with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust to create a new major venues management agency for Sydney.

SAG had reportedly sought to offload its lease to the NSW Government for $100 million in 2013.

Announcing the purchase, NSW Premier Mike Baird stated that “(this) does enable us, by purchasing, to have as much flexibility as we can to develop the best possible facility.”

Previously, the NSW Government had faced the dimenna that the ANZ Stadiums’ owners had no incentive to invest in the venue with it set to eventually revert to Government ownership.

As former NSW Sports Minister Graham Annesley explained "the Government was caught in a Catch 22."

Annesley was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as stating “If we didn't invest in the former Olympic stadium by the time it came back to us in 2031, we would have been taking back an asset which was ready for the bulldozer.”

The cost of the purchase of ANZ Stadium is in addition to the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion plan to rebuild the Parramatta Stadium, ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium.

The custodian of the lease is the Sydney Olympic Park Authority who has played no part in the negotiations between the NSW Government and the Infrastructure Capital Group. 

In February this year, Stadium Australia Operations was named as the "preferred respondent" to manage the new Perth Stadium.

Lower image shows the planned redevelopment of ANZ Stadium

Article amended 5.35pm, 17th June 2016.

5th June 2016 - SOCCEROOS COACH ‘EMBARRASSED’ BY ANZ STADIUM PITCH

14th April 2016 - SYDNEY’S STADIUM DEBATE OVER AS NSW GOVERNMENT COMMITS $1.6 BILLION TO REFURBISHMENTS

8th February 2016 - ANZ STADIUM OPERATOR TO MANAGE NEW PERTH STADIUM

6th September 2015 - NEW ENTITY TO MANAGE SYDNEY’S STADIUM NETWORK

21st August 2015 - STUDY RECOMMENDS $1.85 BILLION SPENDING ON SYDNEY STADIUMS

23rd July 2015 - QUESTIONS OVER ANZ STADIUM’S SUITABILITY AS AN AFL VENUE

29th May 2013 - OPERATORS SOUGHT TO OFFLOAD LEASE FOR SYDNEY’S ANZ STADIUM


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