In a somewhat controversial move, the NSW State Government has voted in favour of demolishing the Sydney Olympic Stadium in Olympic park, Homebush.
That’s right, the stadium that brought us Cathy Freeman’s win in the 400m sprint, the Rabbitoh’s historic grand final win in 2014, the Socceroos' victory over Uruguay that got us into the 2006 world cup, and of course, the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games that launched the fleeting career of pop ‘icon’ Nikki Webster, is due to be destroyed and rebuilt.
The epic knockdown rebuild of the Sydney Olympic stadium, currently known as ANZ stadium, will be accompanied by the demolition and re-construction of the Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park. All up the project is expected to cost $2.3 billion.
The demolition of the old Olympic Stadium and construction of the new stadium is due to kick off in 2019 and be opened to the public in 2022. Work at the Sydney Football stadium will commence in 2018 and be completed by 2021.
The logic behind the project is to construct a new stadium better suited to the types of sports regularly played in Australia. This includes an expanded seating capacity of 70,000 - 80,000 sports fans for the rebuilt Sydney Olympic stadium and 45,000 sports fans for the new Football Stadium.
The NSW State Government also stated that Sydney’s sporting infrastructure had fallen behind the rest of the country and that construction of the new stadiums will make Sydney Australia’s number one destination for big events.
The project has been a long time coming and was first floated in parliament back in 2015.
Understandably not everyone is on board with some members of the government cabinet unsure as to why a state of the art facility that is less than 20 years old needs to be rebuilt.
Although opposition leader Luke Foley was in support of building a new Olympic Stadium, he was against rebuilding the Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park, skeptical that the venue would ever be able to fill it’s proposed 45,000 seating capacity.