The three long-standing major hirers of Allianz Stadium – Sydney FC, NSW Waratahs and Sydney Roosters – have issued a response to today’s comments from Premier Baird regarding the proposed redevelopment at Allianz Stadium.
Up until today, it was the clear understanding of all three clubs that there would be a new stadium built – without interruption to Allianz Stadium’s operations. If the New South Wales Government is unable to achieve this, then our overriding preference is for a major renovation of the existing stadium.
We strongly oppose a new stadium on the existing site, as a forced relocation out of Allianz Stadium for four seasons will be disastrous for all three clubs, their respective Members and fans.
The damage that would be caused to the three clubs would extend well-beyond the four year construction period, as it would take many years to fully recover and would require major levels of compensation for impacted clubs.
It is well-known in the sports industry that maintaining crowds is a worldwide challenge which would only be exacerbated if an Allianz Stadium shut down for a period of time were to occur. Research indicates that when teams are displaced from their established home ground, the impact is negative and of a long-term nature. Some clubs never recover.
With modern construction techniques, there are a number of examples of major stadia that have remained operational throughout their renovation, including Adelaide Oval, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground.
The three major hirers request that the SCG Trust publicly supports this position and we would strongly urge Premier Baird to take into account the full extent of the impact a forced relocation would have on all three of our clubs.