Sydney Football Stadium football fiesta


Sydney football stadium opening plans Image: Allianz Stadium

The redeveloped Sydney Football Stadium (Australia) will host a football festival over five days in its September opening.

‘The Guardian’ stated that demolished in 2019, the $828m project will host its first match on September 2nd with the National Rugby League (NRL) clash between the Australian professional rugby league football club Sydney Roosters and the professional Australian rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Sydney Football Stadium (2022), commercially to be known as Allianz Stadium, is a stadium currently under construction in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia. It is scheduled to open in September 2022 as a replacement for the Sydney Football Stadium. The Sydney Roosters, the Australian professional rugby union team New South Wales Waratahs and the Australian professional soccer club Sydney FC will be the ground’s major tenants. It will be used as one of the venues for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and a Regional Venue for the 2032 Summer Olympics to be held in Brisbane.

‘The Guardian’ further stated that the following day the Wallabies (Australia’s national men’s rugby union team) will meet world champions South Africa and then ‘the Matildas’ (Australia women’s national soccer team) host Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold-medal winners Canada on September 6th in an international friendly.

The venue, which will be home to the Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC, has a reduced capacity with all 42,500 seats under shelter as part of the rebuild.

Matildas’ veteran Kyah Simon said she was excited to test out the new turf with the stadium a host venue for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – “It’s a beautiful world-class stadium in the heart of Sydney. It’s an exciting time for women’s football, knowing that we’re playing a powerhouse Canadian team later on this year is huge. In the lead-up to the World Cup, the more games we can play in front of a home crowd, and hopefully a sellout, we can build the hype.”

Remarked Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos, “We are extremely excited to be able to host the first ever international event at the new Allianz Stadium. To have the Wallabies taking on the world champion Springboks in front of over 40,000 supporters is going to be an amazing experience, and one I’m sure those in attendance will never forget.”

There will also be a free community open day on August 28th before the sport kicks off.

‘Game on’

The ‘Allianz Stadium’ quoted the Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres as stating that it’s officially game on at Allianz Stadium – “We’re opening Allianz Stadium earlier than scheduled with a free community day before the biggest names in world sport from three major football codes kick off an unforgettable opening series of events at Sydney’s new world-class venue. It’s been a long time coming for sports fans but we’re so incredibly excited to open Allianz Stadium and welcome the community back to what will be the best sports and entertainment venue in Australia.”

Added Ayres, “Over 150,000 fans are expected to visit the new precinct over the course of the four events, providing a significant boost to the New South Wales (NSW) visitor economy. Having a world-class stadium in the heart of a thriving sport, entertainment and hospitality precinct on the cusp of the central business district (CBD) positions Sydney as the events capital of Australia.”

The ‘Allianz Stadium’ further stated that the new 42,500-seat Allianz Stadium has been designed and built for the fans, with a 360-degree open concourse inside and outside the venue, steep seating angles providing unrivaled views of the field, the very best Merivale food and beverage offering, world-class player facilities and new community spaces to explore, just some of its many features.

Said Sydney Roosters CEO Joe Kelly, “The honor of hosting the inaugural event to be held at our home, the new Allianz Stadium, is one of which we are most proud. We have a deep connection to the precinct dating back to our foundation in 1908. Our Members and fans will have the very first opportunity to experience the new world-class facility and we would like to extend our thanks to the NSW Government for this addition to our club’s rich history.”

Added Kelly, “The Roosters hosted the final event at the ground before it was demolished in 2018 and it is quite fitting that our return fixture will be against the same team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The 42,500 spectators there for the game will be able to reflect on being a part of history on what is sure to be an unforgettable event.”

Stated South Sydney Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly, “It’s fantastic to see big sporting events with huge crowds returning to Sydney such as last night’s (June 8th) sellout crowd at the State of Origin match at the 83,500-capacity Accor Stadium in Sydney and we’re certain that our 31,000-plus Members and countless supporters will paint Allianz Stadium red and green at this match. We’re fully supportive of the NSW Government’s investment in sporting infrastructure, creating state-of-the-art stadiums that provide the best facilities for not only the players, but also the Members and fans, and we’re all looking forward to christening the new stadium in September.”

Remarked Rugby Australia CEO, Andy Marinos, “We’re extremely excited to be able to host the first ever international event at the new Allianz Stadium. To have the Wallabies taking on the World Champion Springboks (South Africa’s rugby team) in front of 42,500 supporters is going to be an amazing experience and one I’m sure those who are there will never forget. I’d like to thank the NSW Government for their support in hosting the Test and congratulate them on what is a truly world-class stadium built here in Sydney.”

Noted Football Australia CEO James Johnson, “It’s only fitting that the Commonwealth Bank Matildas are the first football team to play at the new Allianz Stadium, as this state-of-the-art facility will be a host venue for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ through the ongoing support of the NSW Government. Football enthusiasts, Matildas fans and event goers alike are in for a real treat on September 6th, as our ever-popular Commonwealth Bank Matildas host defending Olympic champions and world number six, Canada, in what will be ideal preparation ahead of next year’s tournament.

The opening series of events aren’t the only fixtures to look forward to, with Allianz Stadium to host Sydney FC’s first A-League game of the 2022-2023 seasons, the Sydney Super Cup featuring Scottish champions, Celtic and international superstar Justin Bieber performing live.

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