‘The Sky Blues’ home indigenous seat design


Sydney FC new seating bowl design Image: Sydney FC

The seating design for Sydney FC’s new world class stadium at Moore Park (Australia) was unfolded recently, as ‘The Sky Blues’ new home continues to take shape.

‘Sydney FC’ stated that the seating design was created by award-winning indigenous artist Tony Albert, and has the theme of ‘Two Worlds Colliding’.

The Sydney Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Sydney, New South Wales (Australia). It competes in the country’s premier competition, the A-League, under licence from the Australian Professional Leagues.

The A-League is the highest-level professional men’s soccer league in Australia and New Zealand. At the top of the Australian league system, it is the country’s primary competition for the sport. The A-League was established in 2004 by Football Federation Australia (FFA) as a successor to the National Soccer League (NSL) and competition commenced in August 2005. The league is currently contested by 12 teams, 11 based in Australia and one based in New Zealand.

The 42,500-capacity Sydney Football Stadium (2022) is an under construction football stadium in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia. It is scheduled to open in mid-2022 as a replacement for the Sydney Football Stadium. The New South Wales Waratahs (Australian professional rugby union team), Sydney FC and Sydney Roosters (Australian professional rugby league football club) will be the ground’s major tenants.

Each end of the stadium is separated and distinguished by two different designs symbolizing land and water.

The land is signified by the geometric diamond designs taken from nature, while the bubble of concentric circles represents water.

‘Sydney FC’ further stated that the designs are abstract representations of Goanna (Gadigal) and Whale (Bidjigal) Totems, creating an element of friendly yet fierce competition.

Sydney FC Westfield W-League goalkeeper and indigenous footballer Jada Whyman said she was excited by the artist’s work chosen for the design – “It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase an Aboriginal artist’s work on a large stage like this. I think it’s such a great idea to have the layout of the seating as an indigenous design.”

The artist hopes that the design will provide everyone who enters the new stadium with an engaging and beneficial experience.

Asserted Albert, “I believe in the ability that art has to elevate our experience of daily life, and to create environments that uplift and connect us. It is my wish that in time, the Sydney Football Stadium will become a landmark destination within Sydney’s cultural precinct.”

Continuing on the theme of the sporting battles that are planned for the ground, he said, “I was really thinking about this idea of a football stadium, and the concept Two Worlds Colliding is the idea of friendly competition, two different elements or people coming together.”

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend said this was another landmark moment in the creation of Sydney FC’s new home ground – “To have the seating design revealed brings us one step closer to completion and I’m excited. I think the design not only reflects all the great sporting battles to be held at the ground but provides a great nod to all the teams playing in shades of blue who will call this ground home.”

Construction of the Sky Blues’ new home continues in full gusto with the concourse structure complete and structural roof steel being set up. Completion of the structure is expected this year ahead of the new venue’s opening in 2022.

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