Joint Media Release
The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Sport
Stuart Ayres MP
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney
29 September 2014
The Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton and NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres today announced the finalised scope for a $29 million upgrade to Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium.
After consultation and agreement with the two major hirers of the Stadium, the Parramatta Eels and the Western Sydney Wanderers, the tenders have gone out for the first package of works.
Construction is expected to commence on the Stadium in mid-October.
The upgrade includes:
- Rebuilding the players changerooms to contemporary international standards
- An additional 2,000 seats behind the existing terraces at the north and south ends (4,000 in total)
- A seating upgrade and replacement throughout the Stadium
- Wi-fi connectivity
- Replacement of the turf surface
- Installation of LED screens and signage
"With an extra 2,000 seats added to each end of the ground, so 4,000 in total, the fans will be closer to the action than ever before,” Mr Ayres said.
"We have upgraded the big screens and improved the amenity of the ground.
"These improvements will breathe new life into one of western Sydney's key sporting precincts,” Mr Ayres said.
Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton said the upgrade will significantly enhance the fans’ game day experiences at Pirtek Stadium.
“It will provide great benefits to sports fans and local sporting teams with services and amenities revamped for both spectators and players. This is great boost to western Sydney’s sports facilities,” Mr Dutton said.
Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP, said that the upgrade will ensure that western Sydney remains home to some of Australia’s finest sporting franchises.
“Western Sydney has a rich and proud sporting history, and this announcement means that two leading franchises in this region, the Parramatta Eels and the Western Sydney Wanderers, will now have the best possible platform to excel into the future.”
State Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the upgrade will be welcomed by all in Parramatta.
“This is great news for Parramatta, the Stadium and the thousands of fans who support the Eels and the Wanderers,” Mr Lee said.
The potential impact of the project on the hirers has been discussed with procedures in place from all parties to ensure the Stadium is operational during the project works.
This is a $29 million project - $20 million from the Commonwealth Government, $6 million from Venues NSW and $3 million to come from Parramatta City Council.
John Wiseman – 0401 776 108 (Minister Dutton)
John Redman – 0400 298 929 (Minister Ayres)