Sydney: Consortiums invited to make ANZ Stadium best ever
source: smh.com.au; author: michał
The 2000 Olympics main stadium is hoped to get an impressive retractable roof, moving stands throughout the lower tier and new commercial facilities. Invitation for companies has been issued, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
New retractable roof with transparent cover to make the stadium weather-proof. New mobile stands on both ends to bring fans just 5 meters away from the action. And finally new commercial outlets inside and around the stadium to make it more appealing and increase revenue. All this is planned for ANZ Stadium in upcoming years, expected to cost some AU$ 250 million.
An advertisement placed by Stadium Australia Operations in Thursday's Australian Financial Review calls for expressions of interest in the project to develop the masterplan unveiled last July by then NSW minister for sport, Graham Annesley.
ANZ Stadium managing director Daryl Kerry told Sydney Morning Herald the developments would make the 2000 Olympic Games main venue the best multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadium in the world.
''Putting a roof on the stadium will weather-proof the major events going forward, while moving stands north and south will create an even more dramatic atmosphere for the football codes that prefer a true rectangular field,'' Kerry said.
The proposed upgrade is in line with the NSW government's Stadia Strategy released in August 2012, which focuses future government investment on key venues, including ANZ Stadium, and coincides with the NRL's move towards clubs playing at bigger venues.
Not all of the expected budget is secured at this point, but possible negotiations with interested bidders may bring the stadium operators closer to reaching the 250 million goal.