NRL and Canterbury must use Western Sydney Stadium

Matthew Russell Roar Pro

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    Western Sydney Stadium looks like it will be a magnificent venue when it opens next year. The stadium will have great facilities and an atmosphere that be will be second to none. The fans will get a fantastic experience inside the stadium and out.

    But surely the NRL isn’t planning on using Western Sydney Stadium twelve times a year. I’d assume they aren’t thinking we will use it every second week for Parramatta Eels home games. Maybe a couple of finals games, but still it should be used a lot more.

    My solution is the Canterbury Bulldogs use Western Sydney Stadium as its home ground. They play at ANZ Stadium in Homebush, so having a home ground in Parramatta is not much different.

    Canterbury can average up to nearly 30,000 average crowds in their peak periods.

    The Dogs could play Good Friday games against South Sydney and June long weekend games against St George Illawarra at ANZ.

    These two games would be their biggest crowd pullers. One to two games at Belmore would leave around ten home games at Western Sydney Stadium.

    The game needs to look good on TV and a provide a good atmosphere. Having 15,000 to 20,000 supporters in Western Sydney Stadium is 100 times better for the game than having the same amount in ANZ stadium.

    Crowd numbers would go up and it would look much better on TV. I also believe the players would love to play there instead of ANZ.

    The reason I believe Canterbury are the best club is that they are the only team to play out of ANZ stadium.

    It seems they fit best in using Western Sydney Stadium as a home ground. Every other Sydney club only uses ANZ for a couple of games a year.

    Leave ANZ for the big games and let’s finally use this great facility.

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    • April 20th 2018 @ 7:24am
      Buddy said | April 20th 2018 @ 7:24am | ! Report

      What sort of agreement do the Bulldogs have for the use of ANZ? There is no doubt that the new stadium will be a far more suitable venue for all but the largest events yet I can’t help wonder about territory issues? Bulldogs and Eels ground sharing?

      • April 20th 2018 @ 11:28am
        Albo said | April 20th 2018 @ 11:28am | ! Report

        Plus the Western Sydney Wanderers who desperately need their home ground back !
        Eels & Wanderers will again be sharing this one.

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          April 20th 2018 @ 1:20pm
          Matt H said | April 20th 2018 @ 1:20pm | ! Report

          Yes but the Wanderers play in the summer.

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      April 20th 2018 @ 7:38am
      BA Sports said | April 20th 2018 @ 7:38am | ! Report

      Not saying it won’t happen, but there is already a team called South Sydney playing way out of their district not to mention a West Tigers that seem to have a split personality disorder playing at three home grounds in three totally different parts of Sydney; and if you now have Canterbury playing way out of their district .. I mean surely the penny has to drop that there are too many teams in Sydney and it is screwing up the brand.

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        April 20th 2018 @ 9:15am
        At work said | April 20th 2018 @ 9:15am | ! Report

        I agree BA.

        Many Sydney NRL teams are like a travelling circus, they have no home and go where the most money is, i.e. ANZ stadium pays them to host matches.

        I can’t see how the Dogs could play out of the Eels home ground, it wouldn’t be right for either set of fans. ANZ is different, that place is neutral and doesn’t really feel like anybody’s home ground.

    • April 20th 2018 @ 10:48am
      Fix the scrums said | April 20th 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

      But the NRL is lobbying for ANZ to have a 800million dollar renovation. ANZ will need more tenants not less.

    • April 20th 2018 @ 6:18pm
      Paul said | April 20th 2018 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

      The problem with this suggestion is all about home grounds, home ground advantage, etc. The AFL has solved this by playing at 2 grounds only, the MCG and Docklands, (I didn’t count Geelong because that’s not in Melbourne), effectively giving no sides home ground advantage.

      If the NRL is fair dinkum, they need to have 3 or 4 grounds that are used by all Sydney sides and NO side has a home ground as such. The obvious ones are Western Sydney and ANZ. Throw in maybe one or two others in the north and south that seat 30,000 and are up to 21st century standards and it would be a good first step in rationalising the Sydney sides.

      Mind you, Sydney urgently needs to sort out it’s transport issues, otherwise these thoughts would only kill off the game in NSW.

    • April 20th 2018 @ 10:05pm
      Sammy said | April 20th 2018 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

      My guess is that Western Sydney Stadium (Parramatta) and Allianz Stadium (Sydney City) will each have one primary NRL tenant and two secondary NRL tenants.

      Parramatta and Sydney Roosters will be the primary tenants.

      Penrith, Wests, Souths and Canterbury will probably take an average of 5 home matches to one of these stadiums.

      So that’s around 44 matches (plus home semi finals) to be played at the rebuilt stadiums.

    • April 21st 2018 @ 7:31am
      Adam said | April 21st 2018 @ 7:31am | ! Report

      The Western Sydney teams (Eels, Bulldogs, Tigers, Panthers) should play out of the new stadium, the eastern based teams, (Roosters, Rabbitohs) should play out of Allianz, and Manly should be forced to abandon that dump known as lottoland and play out of Allianz too, as well as Sharks. I’d even be happy for the Dragons to play there too, saving Kogarah and WIN for one-off sell out games. Free public transport every round

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