Even though it's not scheduled to open until April, the new stadium in western Sydney has a naming rights deal sealed already. And for the next 7 years, too.
Just several hours ago the minister of sports Stuart Ayres and Bankwest managing director Rowan Munchenberg met at the construction site of Western Sydney Stadium to announce it's going to be named differently from now on.
According to the secured naming rights deal, the value of which is yet to be revealed, the stadium will be named Bankwest Stadium for the next 7 years. The contract is a crucial part of making the new $360-million facility self-sustainable after delivery next year.
Taxpayers shouldn't be excessively worried about the development, though. Almost half a year before opening the event calendar for 2019 already looks quite well:
- 14 regular-season NRL games commencing with Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers on Easter Monday;
- Three home Super Rugby games for the NSW Waratahs;
- Western Sydney Wanderers playing English club Leeds in July;
- Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s in October.