Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Draft plans for $309m Penrith stadium revamp revealed

The NSW Government has today unveiled draft plans for the new $309 million Penrith Stadium, which it says will transform the precinct into a modern venue for sporting and entertainment.

The redevelopment will include a new western grandstand and a significantly redeveloped eastern grandstand increasing the ground capacity to 25,000. Grandstands have been reconfigured to maximise seating with premium views between the try lines to be steeper to bring fans closer to the action.

Minister for Sport and Minister for Small Business, Steve Kamper says the redevelopment is a win for fans, with more food and beverage outlets and amenities to reduce wait times on game days and improve customer experience, as will new scoreboards, sound systems and upgraded lighting.

“When complete, Penrith Stadium will be a first-class sporting and entertainment venue for everyone to enjoy,” said Mr Kamper.

“The upgraded stadium will be the new beating heart of Penrith, attracting visitors from far and wide, providing a boost to the local economy and building upon the already strong entertainment and sporting culture in Western Sydney. 

“Whilst this stadium will be purpose-built to host women’s and men’s NRL games, it will also cater for rugby union, soccer, live music and other entertainment events.”

New player facilities including four new change rooms will help grow female representation in rugby league and other sporting codes.

The hills at the northern and southern end of the playing field will be retained, reflecting feedback from over 3,000 fans, families and community members. Additionally, the training field to the west of the stadium will be remodelled to create a stadium precinct with quality open space for outdoor community, sporting and entertainment events.

“I am delighted to see the upgraded Penrith Stadium brought to life in these exciting new designs,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Western Sydney, Prue Car.

“This is a very welcome upgrade to a stadium that has been well loved by the passionate Western Sydney community.

“I cannot wait to see the seats filled as fans come roaring in to enjoy Panthers’ games in the upgraded stadium.”

The community has been actively involved in shaping the stadium design, which will be placed on exhibition for public comment in coming months, as part of a State Significant Development Application process.

To facilitate the redevelopment, the stadium is expected to close after the 2024 NRL season, and re-open in 2026. Construction timeframes are subject to planning and procurement processes.

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