Venues NSW is the owner, coordinator and promoter of a portfolio of publicly-owned sports and entertainment venues in NSW. It raises revenue through commercial activities such as hiring venues to sports and entertainment organisations, event ticketing, hospitality and catering sales, and through advertising, leasing, membership naming rights and sponsorship arrangements.
It is a statutory authority established in 2012 under the Sporting Venues Authorities Act 2008 and sits within the NSW Office of Sport. Its Minister is the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Sport, Minister for WestConnex and Minister for Western Sydney.
Venues NSW is governed by a Board of management charged with setting the strategic direction and has responsibility for the performance of the authority. Its brief is to take an integrated approach to the development of stadia, bringing together users, services and resources to coordinate key projects and programs as well as making partnerships between the venue, the Codes, the audiences, local businesses, NSW Government agencies and community groups.
In Sydney, Venues NSW owns ANZ Stadium and, on its completion, the new Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta, on behalf of the NSW Government.
In the Illawarra, it owns WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres.
In the Hunter, Venues NSW owns McDonald Jones Stadium, and the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground. Venues NSW has developed A Vision for the Hunter Sports & Entertainment Precinct – a long-term plan for a sustainable, exciting sporting and entertainment precinct for Greater Newcastle.
ANZ Stadium is a multi-purpose outdoor stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, and is operated by VenuesLive Management Services on behalf of Venues NSW.
It opened in 1999 in time for the 2000 Olympics. Built as an oval to host more than 110,000 athletics spectators, a reconfiguration of the Stadium in 2003 reduced capacity to 83,500 including 18,000 stadium Members, and 6,000 corporate seats.
ANZ Stadium hosts some of Australia’s biggest rectangular code matches including the State of Origin, the NRL Grand Final and the Bledisloe Cup, and is NSW’s premier outdoor concert venue for the world’s biggest entertainment. The Stadium has set international and Australian attendance records with some 25 million fans sharing in the excitement of great events and iconic sporting moments.
McDonald Jones Stadium
McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle is a multi-purpose outdoor stadium which seats up to 33,000 spectators and includes a 500-capacity function centre. Opened in 1970, it underwent major grandstand additions in 2005 and 2011, and a pitch upgrade in 2014. It is a multi-sport event venue, with the rectangular field accommodating international standard rugby league, rugby union and football.
McDonald Jones Stadium is the centrepiece of a sports precinct that includes the Newcastle International Hockey Centre and Newcastle International Paceway. It is home to the Newcastle Knights (NRL) and the Newcastle Jets (A-League).
Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground
Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground are operated by AEG Ogden on behalf of Venues NSW. The Entertainment Centre has a capacity of up to 7,500 spectators and a flexible configuration that allows for concerts, sports, exhibitions and conferences.
The Showground features a show ring with seating for 3,000 people, an exhibition pavilion and stables. It is home to the annual Newcastle Regional Show and the regular Newcastle Farmer’s Market, and is also used for a range of exhibitions, sales and shows.
Western Sydney Stadium
Demolition of Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta commenced in February 2017 to make way for construction of the Western Sydney Stadium. The new rectangular stadium will have capacity for 30,000 people, provide four levels of corporate and function spaces, and feature advanced digital technology to provide an exceptional spectator experience. It is expected to open in early 2019.
WIN Sports Stadium and Entertainment Centres
These two Wollongong venues provide the Illawarra community with exceptional sports and event spaces. WIN Stadium has a capacity of 23,000 spectators and facilities include a function centre for social and business events.
The WIN Entertainment Centre is a multi-purpose arena. The main auditorium has a capacity of 6,000 with flexible configurations for hosting concerts, dinners, seminars, conferences, school formals and exhibitions.