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SCG Trust revives plans for new 40,000-seat stadium at Moore Park
The Sydney Cricket and Sportsground Trust has reportedly revived its plans to develop a new stadium at the city’s Moore Park, proposing a modified plan for an all new 40,000-seat venue.
Last April, the Trust’s plan to build an all new 60,000 seta stadium on parkland next to the current Allianz Stadium was rejected, with the plan to refurbish Allianz Stadium announced by the NSW Government as the third stage of $1.6 billion program that would first see the development of a new Parramatta Stadium - set to start in the coming weeks - and a redevelopment of the ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.
However, Fairfax Media has reported that the SCG Trust has been gaining support for a plan to demolish and rebuild a new stadium on the site of the existing 30-year old Allianz Stadium site.
The project would presumably be undertaken after the ANZ Stadium gets converted into permanent rectangular facility from 2019, with its scale likely to be dependent on what remains of the $1.6 billion.
A spokesperson for the NRL, which had supported the earlier plan to build a new stadium over Moore Park’s, Kippax Lake, advised “the NRL supports the (NSW) Government's strategy to build a new stadium at Parramatta and upgrade ANZ Stadium as a first step.
"If there are sufficient funds to rebuild Allianz Stadium then we would naturally support that too."
The Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC last year claiming they were "cheated" during negotiations in which they were given guarantees a new stadium would be built on a different site to the current 45,000 capacity Allianz Stadium.
Former NSW Premier Mike Baird then publicly criticised plans to build a new stadium at Moore Park, leaving the clubs with the possibility of being displaced for four years if they agreed to a knock-down and rebuild of Allianz Stadium.
Under the revised plans, the Trust is hoping the clubs of the three football codes unite in support of a smaller boutique venue that will take half the time to build.
Recently appointed NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has, according to the Fairfax media report, made it clear the funding priority would remain with Parramatta and ANZ Stadium.
SCG Trust chairman Tony Shepherd and ANZ Stadium chair Christine McLoughlin have been in regular discussion about the future of Sydney stadia after the ANZ Stadium entered public ownership on 1st July last year.
Currently the new Parramatta stadium is budgeted to cost $360 million, while ANZ Stadium is likely to cost up to $800 million to be transformed into the NSW's premier rectangular stadiumy.
If plans come to fruition, the Roosters will likely move their matches to the Sydney Cricket Ground while also continuing to build its imprint on the Central Coast, where they already take matches.
The Waratahs are believed to be exploring the possibility of venturing out west, likely to play some of its matches out of the new 30,000-seat Parramatta stadium due to open in 2019.
The home of Sydney FC is up in the air and are most likely to resist being moved out of their existing home.
Image: The Sydney Cricket and Sportsground Trust's 201? plan for the refurbishment of Allianz Stadium.
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