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Spotless Stadium lobbying to increase capacity

Posted on : 21 September 2016

Ahead of Saturday's expected sell-out AFL Preliminary Final between the GWS Giants and Western Bulldogs, the operators of Spotless Stadium have reinforced their intention to increase its capacity with Stage 2 of the 2011 upgrade.

Spotless Stadium received a significant upgrade in 2011 supported by investment from the NSW Government, AFL and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), the stadium operators; however Stage 2 requires a minimum of $20m in funding to increase capacity from 24,000 to between 30,000 and 35,000.

Spotless Stadium is now home to the growing GWS Giants AFL club, BBL 2015-16 Champions the Sydney Thunder, and from October, will host the A-League's Western Sydney Wanderers for eight home matches in season 2016-17. This is in addition to acting as the Main Arena for Australia's largest ticketed event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Darryl Jeffrey, Chief Operating Officer, said Spotless Stadium and Western Sydney would greatly benefit from increased seating.

"Spotless Stadium is a world-class venue, which in the last five years has become home to three successful Western Sydney sporting franchises, as well as being a multi-purpose Stadium that hosts the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show," he said.

"Stage 1 construction took place in 2011 and not only brought capacity to 24,000 but also built the foundations required for Stage 2. A minimum of $20m would allow for a further seating expansion as well as other minor works enabling 5,000 to 10,000 additional seats.

"The RAS has been in positive discussions with the NSW Government over recent months regarding this matter and we are confident a satisfactory outcome will be achieved.

"We're excited about this weekend's fixture, and coupled with the Sydney Thunder's growing demand including a sold out game at last season's BBL tournament, this has highlighted the justification to increase the capacity of Spotless Stadium.

"Thirty to thirty five thousand seats is the ideal size for Western Sydney's premier oval stadium, and this would also increase the attractiveness of Spotless Stadium to the organisers of the T20 Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia in 2020," said Mr Jeffrey.

The Stadium was originally built as the baseball stadium for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and is now operated by the RAS.

Spotless Stadium was ranked the number one AFL stadium for fan experience in 2015.

Media Contact:

James Riordan

Public Relations Manager

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
t (02) 9704 1453 m 0419 483 407 e jriordan@rasnsw.com.au