Bankwest Stadium a ‘game changer’



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Bankwest Stadium, the new home of National Rugby League (NRL) club Parramatta Eels and A-League football team Western Sydney Wanderers, staged its inaugural game on Easter Monday (April 22).

The sixth round of the NRL Premiership saw the Eels christen their new home in style with an phenomenal 51-6 win over Wests Tigers.

The 30,000-seat stadium was packed to near full capacity, with NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg lauding Bankwest Stadium as a “game-changer.”

“There’s no doubt this is a game changer. The venue will redefine the event experience for rugby league fans,” Greenberg said after the game, according to SBS News.

“It’s been a long time coming. The facilities are incredible and the view from every seat is fantastic. This is about bringing more fans to the footy. The live experience is an amazing one. This is world-class standard for a rectangular sport,” he added.

Managed under the authority of New South Wales government agency Venues NSW and operated by VenuesLive, Bankwest Stadium has been built on the site of the old Parramatta Stadium that was demolished in 2017. Fans have been waiting for more than two years to return to their A$330m home.

“This is a big moment for rugby league,” Greenberg added. “Bankwest Stadium is the first of a number of new-era stadiums that will come online over the next five years. The development of world-class rectangular stadia will be critical to driving live attendance for the Premiership, as well as other rugby league events.”

In addition, the stadium has been boosted by a million-dollar underground drainage system, making sure the ground will be playable in all conditions.
The small suction fan can suck water out of the field, the first of its kind in Australia, and will support the expectations of the playing surface to be the best in the country.

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