Tuesday, 2nd July 2013
$20 Million Federal upgrade to Parramatta Stadium
Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owens, together with the Federal Sports Minister Don Farrell today announced $20 million in funding to upgrade Parramatta Stadium.
“Not only is Parramatta Stadium the home to our local beloved Parramatta Eels but also the home of our newest A League team Western Sydney Wanderers,” Ms Owens said.
“The outstanding success of Western Sydney Wanderers in their inaugural season as both minor premiers and grand finalists has put Parramatta Stadium at the centre of events in Western Sydney.
“The success of these two great teams who call Parramatta their home has signalled the need for this Federal Government investment of $20 million in this facility,” said Ms Owens.
The upgrade will include upgrading the Eastern Stand, including a new concourse, new food and drink outlets and better bathrooms. Better facilities for players will be built with new change rooms and bathrooms. 3,300 additional seats will be installed on the Northern and Southern Mounds, bringing the Stadium capacity to 24,000.
“Parramatta Stadium is an iconic Western Sydney landmark, but has been struggling to meet the needs of a growing region. This upgrade will ensure Western Sydney residents have access to world class sporting facilities,” Ms Owens said.
“Sports fans and local sporting teams will benefit from the upgrade which will allow players and fans to watch and play their favourite sport closer to home at their favourite venue” Ms Owens said.
“Until now, the Eels have played their largest home games away from Parramatta and this will be the incentive for more games at their bigger home ground.”
Western Sydney Wanderers games at Parramatta Stadium sold out on three occasions in the club’s debut season. Their outstanding success in their inaugural year can only mean that Western Sydney Wanderer games will be the highlight in the A League competition in the future.