March 18, 2014

The World’s Most Functional Stadium – for Western Sydney

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Sydney’s south-west has raised its hand as the perfect candidate for a new, world-class, multi-purpose stadium.

The NSW Stadia Strategy was implemented in 2012 to provide a framework for NSW Government investment with an aim to provide the community with increased access to stadia, encourage multi-purpose usage of stadia, improve facilities for participants and spectators, and improve the competitive position of NSW when attracting major events.

As part of the Strategy, the NSW Government has dedicated millions of dollars to stadium upgrades across the state. Most recently government officials have been in talks with ANZ Stadium Management over the idea of a $250 million upgrade to the Olympic Park-based venue. It is clear that the state Government realises the need for existing stadia to be improved in order for NSW to remain competitive when bidding for major events.

The NSW Stadia Strategy indicates that redeveloping an existing Western Sydney stadium is not the only option. The development of a new stadium in a strategic location would also be considered by the state government.

Delegates from Kleinmann Wang, a sport industry consulting firm, believe they know the perfect location for such a project, having conceptualised and designed a multi-purpose stadium specifically for Sydney’s growing south-west. It is understood that representatives of Kleinmann Wang have had preliminary talks with key stakeholders from the Liverpool and Fairfield City communities and council’s over the idea of a multi-purpose arena being constructed in Sydney’s south-west.

Parklands Arena, the working title of the concept stadium by Kleinmann Wang, is designed to seat 39,000 patrons and can be expanded to seat 54,000 patrons within 10 days and with near-zero construction costs, at any time.

Parklands Socceroos

Parklands Arena sporting Socceroos colours.

Kleinmann Wang’s concept is highly functional, with a retractable field for optimum turf maintenance. Further, the stadium is designed to be used to host a number of non-sport related events such as concerts, conferences and exhibitions when the field-of-play has been fully retracted, giving genuine meaning to its multi-purpose claim.

In an Australian first, the Parklands Arena concept includes field-level suites for a unique fan and corporate hospitality experience. In total, more than 130 private suites and over 120 corporate boxes have been incorporated into the design providing improved corporate hosting and revenue generating capabilities for tenants.

Retracted Pitch

Retracted pitch and ampitheatre.

A giant screen features on the exterior of the stadium that can be viewed from a strategically placed amphitheatre which also doubles as a seating bowl for the retracted field capable of accommodating up to 4,000 people comfortably.

In the 21st century sustainability is always a key factor that differentiates successful projects from the failures. The Parklands Arena concept has been designed as an environmentally and economically sustainable model. Solar-panels are mounted to the roof of the stadium capable of providing power to the facility and rain-water catchments being designed into the roof enabling water reuse. Kleinmann Wang also reports that the total investment in the stadium could be recouped within 20 years.

Parklands Overhead View

Birds-eye view with State of Origin colours.

Anter Isaac, chief executive of Kleinmann Wang, said that the Parklands Arena concept was designed specifically with the local community in mind and that its construction would induce many positive social and commercial benefits for Sydney’s south-west corridor.

“Following discussions with key stakeholders, we are aware that both the Liverpool and Fairfield City Councils acknowledge the positive community and commercial benefits of such a facility and precinct in their local areas and would actively support such a project,’’ said Isaac.

‘’Sydney is growing westward. Over the next six to seven years there is expected to be about 40,000 new dwellings in the south-west Sydney growth centres.

‘’The fact that Liverpool city is the only major western-Sydney city with no stadium, the impending substantial population growth and planned infrastructure investments in the south-west corridor, and the anticipated imminent announcement of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek makes the construction of an arena of this calibre a justifiable and viable concept.’’


The Interior of Parklands Arena.

With various road-widening projects, a new south-west rail link to Leppington and Edmondson Park, and the M7 motorway running through the area, transport to Parklands Arena would not be a problem.

Isaac also stated how the construction of the venue would lead to countless opportunities being created for local job seekers.

‘’A project of this nature should also lead to the creation of thousands of jobs and considerable trade instigated by the construction, management and maintenance of such a precinct,’’ he said.

‘’Such an arena would provide Sydney’s growing south-west corridor with a truly multi-purpose venue that could be used 365 days a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, as a commercial and retail centre and of course, enable facilitating sport and entertainment as well as exhibitions and conventions, within a world-class venue.’’

Further details on the Parklands Arena concept are expected in the coming weeks.


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  2. Daryl Adair

    I’d like to see ANZ Stadium upgraded first. It is geographically in the centre of Sydney and is used widely by rugby league and, to a lesser extent, cricket. Melbourne’s strategy of centralised, multi-purpose stadia (they have three) is the ideal model. That won’t happen in Sydney, but an upgrade to the Olympic Stadium should be number one priority. A stadium in the south-west can follow thereafter if need be (and with the resources needed, which is a challenge in itself).

    • Daryl Adair

      Of course, the other consideration is that if ANZ Stadium is upgraded (as it should be) and there is a new arena in Sydney’s south west, then the state government can forget about propping up suburban stadia in places like Leichhardt, Brookvale and Parramatta. It is certainly not interested in funding ageing venues like these.

    • Christopher Hoare

      Melbourne’s centralised strategy works because it has a far superior public transport system to Sydney’s.

      The main problem with this proposal (apart from the slight detail of there being no mention of who’s going to pay for it) is that it doesn’t have any obvious permanent tenant. No tenant = no stadium.

      There’s also no evidence that the south-west of Sydney has any demand for a stadium of that size (even if a tenant could be found). Halve the size to 25k, expandable to 30k would be a better fit.

      • Matt S

        I’m sure Bulldogs & Wests Tigers would jump at playing in this new stadium. The NRL could also host finals not to mention union & A league. Build it properly, and they will come.

        • Christopher Hoare

          Tigers already have a home ground in the south-west of Sydney at Campbelltown Stadium. Perfect fit for them. It’s too far from the Bulldogs territory for them to even contemplate it.

          NRL finals – maybe. The odd ARU fixture – sure. A League – no chance at all. So what you’re saying is building what will probably be a $1bn stadium for the odd NRL finals game and lesser ARU international.

          It’s a fantastic looking stadium. But there won’t be any money available to build it and there is next to no demand to use something as top-notch as it is.

          If money does become available I’d rather it be put into making ANZ a proper rectangular ground. Much more central location and already has plenty of tenants.

          • Ryan

            Why No a league ask me wsw deserve it more than any other club in the country. Face it I assume a Nrl fan as much you hate it a league will become second to afl over next 20 yrs and May over take afl one day. But media got it stuck in your head that it will not cause Murdock owns all the Mesia and Nrl.

  3. Jorge

    Just make sure it’s rectangular so no fumbleball wankers can play on it.

  4. John McCullough

    I would think that Penrith is the best option. The $800 million development at Penrith Panthers leagues club makes it an ideal fit. The Western Sydney Wanderers, Penrith Panthers and Rugby union will have a home there know doubt.

  5. Sam

    I dont get the size with like no seats, should have seats all the way around.

  6. Chris Peters

    Afl already has a gift from the taxpayer in the white elephant for GWS. Multifunctional stadiums don’t work it’s either gotta be rectangle for the rugby codes and football or an oval for cricket and Aussie rules

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