The proposed revamp of ANZ Stadium would give Sydney and New South Wales a venue to rival any stadium in the world, allowing it to host events of all kinds in all conditions, peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) says.
TTF Chief Executive Officer Margy Osmond said the proposal deserves serious consideration by the state government.
“ANZ Stadium is already one of Australia’s premier venues, hosting iconic events like the Sydney Olympics, NRL Grand Finals, State of Origin, Bledisloe Cup, World Cup qualifiers, AFL blockbusters, T20 cricket internationals and rock concerts featuring the world’s biggest acts,” Ms Osmond said.
“It’s also an economic asset for the state, which has generated $5 billion in economic activity for New South Wales since its opening in 1999.
“Investing in ANZ Stadium would deliver an additional $173 million a year in economic benefits to New South Wales, with additional visitor expenditure supporting jobs in tourism and hospitality.
“The proposed revamp includes improvements that will deliver an enhanced experience for all visitors, giving Sydney a state-of-the-art multi-purpose venue for sport and entertainment.
“The plan includes a retractable roof, which allows ANZ Stadium to host events in all weathers, ensuring great conditions for players and spectators.
“It also allows the stadium to be reconfigured for different events to bring spectators closer to the action and would better activate the stadium precinct through the establishment of an entertainment zone around the venue.
“Events are critical drivers of visitation and form a central plank in Destination NSW’s strategy to double overnight tourism expenditure to $36.6 billion by 2020.
“Hosting major events in Sydney also positions the city as a dynamic destination, while coverage of the events showcases Sydney and promotes it to a global audience of potential visitors.
“With these economic benefits in mind, we would encourage the NSW Government to commit to funding this revamp in the lead-up to the state election next March.”