Western Sydney sports fans join NSW Premier to open Bankwest Stadium
Monday 6 May 2019 9:49am
Surrounded by die hard Western Sydney sports fans, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian squeezed a pair of Bankwest-orange shears and Sydney’s newest stadium in a generation was officially open.
After two years and $360 million, Parramatta is now home to a venue that, as promised, has forever changed what a great sporting venue can mean to Sydneysiders and has put Western Sydney squarely on the map as a destination for great sporting and entertainment events.
The Community Open Day on 14 March was a chance for tens of thousands of sports fans to finally see what all the hype was about - and Bankwest Stadium didn’t disappoint. The 30,000 seat venue with the steepest grandstands in the country showed everyone what being close to the action really means. The LED lights and sound system created a wave of sound and colour that provided a glimpse of the atmosphere that Bankwest Stadium will be known for. Punters also got to try out the great food and beverage offerings that cater for every taste bud.
Traditionally, sports stadium have provided a sense of place, allowing spectators to watch sport live, but also to feel part of the game through cheering en masse in a sea of moving colours. Bankwest Stadium has taken that idea to the next level.
Bankwest Stadium has been designed with the fan experience front of mind. From the moment you arrive at the precinct, until you leave, Western Sydney’s new home ground offers an unrivalled game day experience. From the 33.94 degree incline of the stands to the fact that no seating aisle in the stadium is further than 30 metres from a food and beverage outlet. Bankwest Stadium is for the fans.
Venues NSW CEO, Paul Doorn said: “Bankwest Stadium is truly `The People’s Stadium’ – a stadium for everyone. Whether for sport, entertainment, business, community or cultural events, Bankwest Stadium is a unique facility that every person in New South Wales can access and enjoy.”
“This Stadium will quickly become part of the fabric of booming Western Sydney and a centre of celebration in our community.”
Bankwest Stadium pays tribute to the manufacturing and industrial heritage of Parramatta and the greater Western Sydney area through its design, including the use of exposed steel while respecting its parkland setting.
Not only is Bankwest Stadium wowing sports fans but media coverage surrounding the opening and the first game has been overwhelmingly positive. This is despite the divide that was created during the recent NSW state election when the Government’s Sydney Stadia Strategy was the hot topic.
Politics aside, the opening of Bankwest Stadium has shown the people of NSW that a stadium is more than just angled seats and a concession stand. A great stadium is a destination creator and Bankwest Stadium will help to ensure NSW is a destination that attracts world class events and delivers great fan experiences that drive the visitor economy.
In a few months, Leeds United will fly in from England to take on the Western Sydney Wanders and a few months after that Bankwest Stadium will host the Rugby League 9s World Cup.
Western Sydney’s home ground is also a venue that includes the community on event and non-event days with a playground and gym equipment on O’Connell Street and café near Gate C. There is also a new Civic Square, where Victoria Road meets the Stadium, that will provide a vibrant and active gathering space for festivals, markets and live events – activating the Precinct on both event and non-event days. Bankwest Stadium is more than just a local footy ground.
The opening of Bankwest Stadium has also shown that Venues NSW is delivering on the Berejiklian Government’s vision of NSW as a destination and leading host of incredible sport and entertainment events. The kind of events that not only attract visitors from interstate and overseas who turbocharge the economy, but the kinds of events that bring communities together and create amazing memories.
If there were any doubts about the importance of stadiums to NSW, the first game between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers put those doubts to bed. Anyone who attended the first game at Bankwest Stadium can attest to what this new venue will mean to sports fans and to Western Sydney. From the sea of people walking through the streets and the packed restaurants along Church Street to the footy die hards celebrating the soaking up the pitch-side atmosphere, Bankwest Stadium really is a game changer.
For a full schedule of events at Sydney’s newest stadium in a generation, visit www.bankweststadium.com.au