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Successful A-League bid would prompt redevelopment of Campbelltown Sports Stadium
A potential redevelopment of the Campbelltown Sports Stadium would see its seating capacity increased from just over 13,000 to 20,000 within the next five years and the venue host live music concerts and events.
Contingent on Macarthur South West Football Club's combined bid for an A-League licence, Campbelltown City Council and South West Sydney FC’s to bid for one of the two club licenses available as part of the expansion of Football Federation Australia’s top football competition.
Bid Chairman Gino Marra see the existence of the Campbelltown venue is one of the strongest aspects of the local bid, stating “it is a Football Federation Australia and Asian Football Confederation approved ground already (and while) an upgraded stadium would be even better, I know from speaking with players from Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers how much they enjoy playing at new stadiums and being in Campbelltown especially.”
Marra said upgrade plans rested with Campbelltown Council and would be largely contingent upon the bid being approved by the A-League.
Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic, who has been one of the strongest supporters of the local A-League bid, said the council was interested in revamping the entire Leumeah area, not just the stadium, commenting “these are all just ideas at this stage.
“The artist’s impression is just one of the potential ways this could turn out - and it’s just an impression, they are not complete plans.”
In a statement given to The Music, Campbelltown City Council's acting Director of City Lifestyles, Jenny Franke says their vision is to see the south west Sydney stadium transformed into a "significant sporting, recreation and entertainment destination.
"As part of this vision, the stadium and broader precinct would provide further opportunities to host a range of activities including live events and concerts.
"This is one part of (the) Council’s strategy to provide sporting and entertainment opportunities for current and future residents in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and provide a venue that is accessible, rather than having to drive over an hour to access entertainment and sports venues in Moore Park, Homebush or Parramatta.
"The accessibility of the Campbelltown Sports Stadium is unrivalled anywhere in Sydney with adjacent public transport options, including a train station within 100 metres, and access off major road links."
The stadium has played host to a number of NRL and football matches, as well as the Super X live event.
Originally planned for the 2019/20 A-League season, the recent passing of reforms to Football Federation Australia’s governance model may see expansion delayed until the 2020/21 A-League season.
Images: The initial design for the redevelopment of the Campbelltown Sports Stadium (top) and the venue hosting NRL action (below).
2nd October 2018 - New FFA constitution agreed in extraordinary general meeting vote
13th September 2018 - Plans for Campbelltown Council lagoon project move forward
21st February 2018 - A-League clubs warn of competition collapse
19th February 2018 - FFA looks for A-League expansion in 2019/20 season
11th October 2013 - A-League kicks off as FFA looks forward to a rare year of profit
27th September 2008 - Pundit Foster calls for State football reform
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