Sydney Showground Stadium upgrade on track

Premier inspects Sydney Showground Stadium upgrade with Greater Western Sydney Giants Chairman Tony Shepherd
               Photo: Paul K Robbins

29 Nov 2011

Photo: Paul K Robbins

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and the Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley visited Sydney Olympic Park last week to inspect progress on the $65 million upgrade to Sydney Showground Stadium.

Beginning construction in April this year, Sydney Showground Stadium, renamed from Main Arena, is well on track for completion in March 2012 in time to host Australia’s largest event — the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The upgrade will increase seating capacity from 13,000 to 25,000 complete with new covered grandstands, corporate facilities and the largest video screen in the Southern Hemisphere.

Premier Barry O’Farrell said the Stadium will be a fantastic multi-purpose facility for the people of Western Sydney from the Sydney Royal Easter Show to AFL matches (home ground of Greater Western Sydney Giants), other sporting events, concerts and festivals.

“The NSW Government is proud to be funding this upgraded facility, in the heart of Western Sydney and — for a change —set to be delivered on time and on budget,” said Premier O’Farrell.

Peter King, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Chief Executive spoke of the additional $446 million of economic and social value for NSW thanks to the development and estimated the creation of an additional 3,400 full time Western Sydney jobs.

The project is steered by a committee consisting of representatives from Sydney Olympic Park Authority, RAS, AFL and Department of Trade & Investment.