The opening of Sydney Football Stadium is just over three months away. Australia's most modern stadium has now been completely roofed, so that its final shape is now visible. The venue has also joined the Allianz portfolio and will bear the name of the German insurance giant.
Although the stadium's original name refers to football, in reality it will be home to teams representing various sports. Sydney Roosters and NSW Waratahs rugby players and Sydney FC footballers will play their day-to-day matches there.
The arena, which offers space for 42,500 fans, will also host two major events in the coming years. Firstly, the matches of the Women's World Cup in 2023. Secondly, the football tournament of the XXXV Olympic Games, which will take place in 2032.
At the moment, the stadium is not being used by athletes, but by construction workers. After the initial perturbations, the project gained momentum and today the facility is 90% complete. When you look at the latest photos from the construction site, you will see the full body of the stadium, which has been completed with an oval roofing of the four stands.
The roof is based on an exposed steel structure consisting of more than 4,000 elements. If the prefabricated components were placed in a straight line, one next to the other, they would stretch for 19 kilometres. Their combined weight is 2,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to the weight of 333 adult African elephants!
When designing the roofing, the architects took care not only about aesthetics, but also about acoustics. Apparently, thanks to the shape of the roof, the uproar of the full stands will be even more intense. The fans will witness it for the first time in September, when the official opening will take place. This will most likely be highlighted by a National Rugby League derby match between the Roosters and Rabbitohs.
The naming rights for the new Sydney venue were secured by Allianz. The insurance giant had to pay AUS $36 million for it. It is worth adding that for the Germans it is another partnership agreement in their global portfolio, which includes stadiums in the USA, Austria, Italy, Brazil, France and of course in Germany.
In the case of Sydney, we are dealing with the continuation of cooperation, because Allianz already had rights to the name of the previous Sydney Football Stadium. We should recall that the decision to demolish it aroused a lot of controversy. The arena was not old, as it was built in 1988, and arguments about the need for a very expensive renovation turned out to have been manipulated after the fact.
The stadium was eventually razed, however, and the AUS $828 million facility being built on the site will soon be completed. One thing is for sure: even if the investment was not necessary, the new arena will certainly be the most modern in Australia.