BlueBet Stadium to make way for opulent venue


New stadium for Penrith Panthers Image: Penrith Panthers

The New South Wales (NSW) Government (Australia) has confirmed the 2022 National Rugby League (NRL) season will be the rugby league football club Penrith Panthers’ final season at the BlueBet Stadium before it makes way for a new, world-class stadium facility.

The ‘Penrith Panthers’ stated that the design of the new stadium will be confirmed following a consultation and tender process, with construction to begin at the start of 2023.

The Penrith Panthers are a New South Wales (NSW)-based Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Western Sydney suburb of Penrith that competes in the National Rugby League (NRL). The team is based 55 km West of the center of Sydney and at the foot of the Blue Mountains.

The BlueBet Stadium is a rugby league and association football stadium located in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. The 22,500-capacity venue is the home ground for the Penrith Panthers who play in the National Rugby League (NRL).

Sydney (Australia)-headquartered the National Rugby League (NRL), formed in 1998, is the pre-eminent rugby league club competition in Australia and New Zealand. It contains some clubs from the original Sydney club Rugby League competition, which had been running continuously since 1908. A single team from New Zealand also plays in the league.

The ‘Penrith Panthers’ further stated that the Panthers will play at an alternative home ground for two seasons before returning home to Penrith in 2025.

With unprecedented demand for tickets, Panthers fans are strongly encouraged to purchase a membership now and secure their seat for what will be a historic final season at the BlueBet Stadium.

Slice of history

The New South Wales (NSW) Premier Dominic Perrottet said the announcement and confirmation of construction would give Western Sydney an outstanding landmark venue, befitting of Australia’s only global City.

Stated Perrottet, “The Eastern City is getting a world class stadium, the Central City has world class stadia and now the Western City will have a world class stadium. The BlueBet Stadium is a hub for Western Sydney – it’s where sporting success is celebrated, where families come together and where our next generation of sporting superstars train.”

Added Perrottet, “But this upgrade is about much more than sport, it is about bringing suburban venues to the fore and taking major events across the State.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the investment would help carry Western Sydney into the future – “This new venue will help take Penrith to the next level in sport, entertainment and tourism. With a new international airport and metro rail line on the way in the Western Parkland City, now is exactly the right time to be investing in visitor economy assets in centers like Penrith. While this venue will be home to the current NRL Premiers the Penrith Panthers, it is about so much more than rugby league. This stadium will be a new major event venue for our growing population in Western Sydney.”

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