Bankwest Stadium Set to Open to Sellout Crowd
The 30,000-seat Western Sydney Stadium is nearing completion, with fresh turf being laid last week. The new stadium has been renamed Bankwest Stadium in a seven-year naming rights deal understood to be worth as much as $17m. At a cost of $300m, Bankwest replaces Parramatta Stadium which was demolished in 2017, and will be the new permanent home of the Parramatta Eels (NRL) and Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League).
The new stadium will be officially opened on Easter Monday (April 22), when the Eels host the Wests Tigers in front of a crowd widely tipped to be a sell-out of 30,000. A total of 14 NRL games are scheduled to be played at Bankwest this year, in what is set to be a blockbuster winter for venue. The other anchor tenant, the Wanderers, take on English football powerhouse Leeds United in a July friendly, while three NSW Waratahs Super Rugby games have also been scheduled for Bankwest. Additionally, the Rugby League World Cup 9’s will also be hosted by Bankwest.
While the old stadium was only opened in 1986, it had numerous shortcomings which prompted the NSW state government to propose a replacement as part of its stadium network strategy. Many of these have been rectified with the new stadium featuring two sets of change rooms, expanded corporate and hospitality features, a pitch alignment closer to true north-south, and improved security provisions.
Bankwest Stadium is expected to be a game-changer for sport in Sydney and will deliver a hugely improved fan experience. All 30,000 seats will be fully covered by the stadium roof, while the stands are built to be the steepest in Australia meaning spectators will be close to the action no matter where they sit. In addition, the stadium also features improved services including open concourses, active fan zones for A-League football, high quality food outlets, more bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi.
It’s been a tough couple of years for the Eels and Wanderers who have had somewhat of a nomadic existence during the demolition-rebuild, and both will be hoping the new stadium serves as a catalyst to bring the fans back in droves.
Fans will have an opportunity to see the new facilities in a free ticketed community open day scheduled for April 14.
Stadium Journey will be in attendance at the first game, and will deliver one of the first reviews of the game day experience at Bankwest Stadium.