Alluring Allianz Stadium throw open its doors


Sydneys Allianz Stadium inaugurated Image: Cox Architecture

After a four-year design and delivery phase, it is officially game time at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

‘COX Architecture’ stated that the redeveloped Allianz Stadium represents the latest in global sport architecture trends. A true multiuse rectangular stadium, it will host three sports – football, rugby league and rugby union.

The 45,000-capacity Sydney Football Stadium, known commercially as the Allianz Stadium, is a stadium in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia. Built as a replacement for the original Sydney Football Stadium, it was officially opened on August 28th, 2022. It will be used as one of the venues for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, 2027 Rugby World Cup and a Regional Venue for the 2032 Summer Olympics.

‘COX Architecture’ further stated that the spiffy venue is the new home of the Australian professional rugby league football club Sydney Roosters, Australian professional rugby union team New South Wales Waratahs and the Australian professional soccer club Sydney FC, and the stadium is also readymade for cultural and community events – gleaming as the trophy of Sydney’s unique inner-City precinct.

As the gates swing open for the first time, Cox Architecture – the architects of the stadium -not only celebrate the conclusion of years of hard work, but the beginning of a new chapter in Sydney’s sport and entertainment scene.

A ‘Stadium in the Park’, Allianz Stadium enhances the significant recreation and sports precinct at Moore Park, creating new active spaces for patrons and the community, and reinforcing NSW’s ability to host international, national and local events.

Remarked Russell Lee, COX Director, “Nestled on the edge of the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) between the open spaces of Moore Park and the heritage fabric of Paddington, the new Allianz Stadium provides a world-class football venue to this global City.”

Hosting 33 sporting events and three concerts all within its opening year will see the Allianz Stadium set a global benchmark for multisport facilities. Designed from a ‘fans-first’ perspective, the redeveloped 42,500-seat stadium redefines the gameday experience.

Added Alastair Richardson, COX Director, “The goal of the redeveloped stadium has been to place the fan and players first, creating a home ground advantage for both.”

Building on the legacy of the original stadium, the dynamic roof form provides cover to 100 percent of seats, simultaneously creating a signature for the stadium. A sculptural façade references technology, engineering and art, with the materiality acknowledging its immediate surroundings of Moore Park with its mature fig trees, Kippax Lake, Paddington, and the iconic 48,000-capacity Sydney Cricket Ground. The façade shields internal areas and allows the stadium to blend in amongst the expansive parklands.

Richardson says careful analysis of preferred seating locations and designing the field of play to maximize proximity to the pitch results in the “Allianz Stadium providing a colosseum atmosphere that rivals iconic historic stadia in Europe”.

Richardson further put in, “The original Sydney Football Stadium represented a realization that stadia could provide iconic architectural expression. The Allianz Stadium builds on this with a unique diagrid roof form covering all seats and providing a distinct recognizable identity for the stadium.

Noted Tony Shepherd, Sydney Cricket Ground Trust Chairman, “I’ve been around the world looking at the best stadiums. This is right up there.”

Indigenous artist Tony Albert is responsible for the design of the artwork that is displayed across the seats. The work, titled ‘Two Worlds Colliding’, looks to bring together two separate groups imagined as land and sea, like home and away teams playing one another.

This project could not have been delivered without the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to design. COX worked closely with longstanding partners Arup and Aspect Studios, the delivery team that included Aurecon and Schlaich Bergermann Partner, led by design and construct contractor John Holland and funded by the NSW Government.

The redeveloped Allianz Stadium rewards matchday and event patrons with a rich and engaging experience – inviting regular use by neighboring residents, and attracting Citywide, year-round patronage of what is a remarkable public space.

COX Architecture is a design-focused contemporary architectural practice with studios located in every major Australian City and a history spanning 60 years.

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