Posts Tagged "Parramatta Stadium"

Build it and they will come. The New South Wales government thinks this to be true – so much, in fact, that they are spending a minimum of $2.3 billion of public money in achieving their aim.

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As the beleaguered Parramatta Eels farewelled their home ground with a brilliant 30-18 win over the Dragons last night, the game also farewelled Monday night football.

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When NSW Premier Mike Baird put $1.6 billion on the table some months ago it was a genuine attempt to bridge the gap between Sydney and Melbourne sporting facilities.

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The announcement about a complete rebuild of Parramatta Stadium has me dreaming dreams. For a long-time cynic like me, that’s quite an admission.

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The A-League is set to be the biggest winner following the announcement that more than $1 billion will be invested across four Sydney stadiums in the coming years.

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The site of the current Parramatta Stadium is due for a massive upgrade, and the Sydney Football Stadium and ANZ Stadium are also due for touchups as a result of a significant announcement from the NSW government.

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On the eve of the Western Sydney Wanderers semi-final tie with FC Seoul, it has been revealed that should the Wanderers make the final, which is played over two legs, Parramatta (Pirtek) Stadium will not meet certain AFC requirements.

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The success of the Western Sydney Wanderers as a sporting franchise has been pretty astonishing over the past couple of years.

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When it is full, Parramatta Stadium is one of the most atmospheric venues in Australia. Its capacity will soon increase, but have the Western Sydney Wanderers been shafted by the deal?

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Parramatta Stadium will be able to accommodate more of the swelling hordes of Western Sydney Wanderers’ fans, with the venue to increase capacity to around 25,000 by 2015, following a $29 million upgrade.

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The A-League has come of age. Tomorrow’s derby at a sold-out Parramatta Stadium is perhaps the most anticipated domestic fixture in Sydney since the competition began in 2005.

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3,185. It was the difference between the attendance figures at the home games of Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar on the weekend. The difference in atmosphere, however, was huge.

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Gold Coast who? It is amazing to think that just under 12 months ago A-League officials were vexed by what to do about Clive Palmer, when all the talk now is of a brand new club potentially becoming a powerhouse of the competition.

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Sometimes moving forward is all about letting go of the past. We got a reminder of that at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Western Sydney Wanderers downed Perth Glory in the wet.

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Retiring Eels’ great Nathan Hindmarsh has played at Parramatta Stadium for the final time – he just wishes he knew it at the time.

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A message to the Western Sydney Wanderers: show some respect. I know these are crazy times we live in.

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I know the discussion on the state and location of Sydney’s many NRL stadiums has been fleshed out numerous times on The Roar, but I have some suggestions.

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One of the bonuses of having an A-League team in Western Sydney is the creation of a second city derby. Coupled with the Melbourne derby that makes six huge blockbuster matches, each with the potential for large crowds and big TV ratings.

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It has been interesting to see the media reaction to the new Western Sydney A-League club, as they look for the sensationalist angle about a code war that doesn’t actually exist.

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If the A-League is to settle on the current 10 teams for the next few years as seems to be the current thinking, then where should Sydney FC play?

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