The stadium issue in Sydney

Back in December 2014, I wrote an article on The Roar about the stadium issue in Sydney, and talked about the various options for sports stadia developments in Sydney.

I talked about ANZ Stadium, and the options for redeveloping the Olympic Stadium that has delivered Australia so many wonderful sporting memories. I talked about the options for Western Sydney, for which they have now decided to go with demolishing and building a new stadium on the land of the old Parramatta Stadium, as well as the options for Allianz Stadium, and for Brookvale Oval, a ground clearly in need of rejuvenation!

However, it has only been in recent times that all the stakeholders have moved to decide which stadiums should be redeveloped or built in Sydney.

As I briefly mentioned before, work on building the new Western Sydney Stadium on the site of the old Parramatta Stadium is well and truly underway with the 30,000-seat stadium set for completion in 2019, but news on the futures of ANZ Stadium, also known as Stadium Australia, and Allianz Stadium, also known as the Sydney Football Stadium, have been recently announced.

ANZ Stadium is set to be demolished and rebuilt into a 75,000-seat stadium, and reconfigured into a rectangular field, meaning that only sports played on a rectangular field, like rugby league, rugby union, and football can be played at the stadium. The stadium is set to feature a retractable roof, meaning that matches can be played in perfect conditions all year round. Construction works will begin in late 2019.

This is a slightly different plan from the one I talked about the stadium back in 2014, which planned on catering for all sports, including Australian rules football, and cricket, as well as having the possibility of hosting major athletics championships, such as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship, due to the ability of being able to reconfigure the stadium from a rectangle to an oval, and vice-versa!

I would prefer that a redeveloped ANZ Stadium was able to cater for all sports (both rectangular and oval), and even if the cost of redevelopment is slightly more than to demolish and rebuild, would it matter if you had more sports and more teams using the venue on a regular basis?

I am not sure if I agree with the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s decision to demolish and rebuild ANZ Stadium, but I certainly agree that Allianz Stadium needs to be demolished and rebuilt, with construction works for Allianz Stadium beginning at the end of 2018.

The stadium is riddled with so many violations of safety standards, including violations Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Standards, and is not compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act in terms of offering the amount of seats/spots for people in wheelchairs to watch their favourite sports from a great vantage point.

In addition, I have heard that the standards of media facilities at Allianz Stadium is poor, as referenced by Phil Gould back in September, and with so many issues with the stadium, it is time for Allianz Stadium to be rebuilt!

However, the issue I have about the rebuild of Allianz Stadium is not that it is going to be rebuilt, but the eventual seating capacity of the new stadium is going to be around 45,000, which is roughly the same amount as it is right now, where in logical reality, it should be at least 5,000 to 10,000 more than that!

Overall, I fully agree to Allianz Stadium being demolished and rebuilt, but I think it is a massive call to demolish and rebuild ANZ Stadium, and I still believe that it should be a unique stadium that has the ability to cater for a multitude of sports, in all shapes and sizes, and that this could be down by a major redevelopment of the stadium, rather than a total demolition and rebuild job.

Don’t be surprised, perhaps in the near future, that if Sydney wants to host an IAAF World Championships, a Commonwealth Games, or even an Olympic Games that people will start complaining that Sydney doesn’t have an adequate, as in modern, stadium to host these kind of events, and that a brand-new stadium would have to be built, one that is extremely expensive, to cater for these kind of events, even though those same people complaining supported the decision of the NSW Government back in 2017 to demolish and rebuild ANZ Stadium into a national stadium catering for just rectangular sports!

 

 

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A look back at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup was memorable for so many reasons. The rise of Tonga, the strong performance of Fiji, Lebanon punching above their weight, the fanatical supporters of Papua New Guinea, the shocking demise of New Zealand, and the continued dominance of the all-conquering Australian rugby league team.

There were so many memories of this tournament that will be remembered forever, like Valentine Holmes’ five tries against Samoa, followed by six tries against Fiji, but aside from this and many other individual moments, there were three matches that really stood out as being the best of the tournament, with two of them I said at the time as being the greatest match of all-time, one a high-scoring, entertaining game, the other an equally-entertaining game, but one that featured no tries!

The first match in my top three for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was the 16th match of the tournament between New Zealand and Tonga. It was a match to decide who would top Group B, and take a decisive advantage into the knockout stages of the tournament. Tonga were looking for their first-ever win against New Zealand, while the Kiwis were looking to prove that their approach to this World Cup was the right one!

The second match in my top three for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was the third quarter-final between New Zealand and Fiji, which was the greatest rugby league match I have ever seen! It proved to be a famous victory! The biggest boilover in rugby league history as Fiji, who were written off by almost everybody, ended the Kiwis campaign, as well as the coaching career of David Kidwell!

The third match in my top three for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was the final between Australia and England. It was how you would expect a high-stakes final to be, tight, tense, absorbing, with Australia getting what proved to be a decisive try, the only try of the match, with their defence hanging on strong to become world champions for the 11th time!

These three matches include my commentary, which I managed to put in-sync with the footage. I hope you enjoying watching and re-living these great matches from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, as well as my commentary, which I hope can convince media organisations of my ability, and to give me a fair go!

(Apologies for any pixelation in the footage, I have not been able to find anything that works to get rid of the pixelation!)

 

Australia vs. England (TV style) – My call (2017 Rugby League World Cup Final)

Earlier tonight, I called the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final, which was held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, between Australia, who were looking to become world champions for the 11th time, and England, who were looking to become world champions for the fourth-time, but for the first time as England.

Australia have come through the tournament undefeated to this point after defeating England, France, Lebanon, Samoa, and Fiji to make it through to the final, while England only had one loss on-route to the final, defeating Lebanon, France, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga after losing against Australia in the opening match of the tournament.

However, could England turn the tables and cause a big upset?

Enjoy my call of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final!

Australia vs. Fiji (TV style) – My call (2017 Rugby League World Cup – First Semi-Final)

Earlier tonight, I called the first semi-final of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup between Australia and Fiji.

It is the third time in a row that the two teams have met in a Rugby League World Cup semi-final, and Fiji came into this match with their confidence levels at sky-high, having caused the greatest upset in rugby league history by defeating New Zealand (4-2) in Wellington last week.

However, Australia were starting to come into great form after smashing Samoa (46-0) in Darwin in a match where Valentine Holmes scored five tries!

So, who would make it through to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final?

Find out here, and enjoy!

England vs. Papua New Guinea (TV style) – My call (2017 Rugby League World Cup – Fourth Quarter-Final)

Earlier today, I called the fourth quarter-final of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup between England and Papua New Guinea, which was held at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

England came into this match after two wins against Lebanon and France, as well as a loss against Australia to finish second in Group A, while Papua New Guinea came in with a perfect three wins from three matches after defeating Wales, Ireland, and the United States in their three home matches in Port Moresby to top Group D.

England weren’t going to be taking any chances after what happened to New Zealand last night against Fiji, bringing back Sam Burgess into the team after his injury in the opening match of the tournament, but could the Kumuls cause another monumental upset?

Find out right here, and enjoy!

New Zealand vs. Fiji (TV style) – My call (2017 Rugby League World Cup – Third Quarter-Final)

Earlier tonight, I called the third quarter-final of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup between New Zealand and Fiji, the first meeting ever between the two nations, which was held at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

New Zealand came into this match with two wins and a loss to finish second in Group B after defeating Samoa and Scotland, before losing to Tonga in one of the greatest matches of all-time!

Meanwhile, Fiji came into this match with three wins from three matches to top Group D, smashing the United States, Wales, and Italy to book a meeting with the Kiwis!

Sit back, and enjoy my call of, in my opinion, the greatest match of all-time!

Australia vs. Samoa (TV style) – My call (2017 Rugby League World Cup – First Quarter-Final)

Earlier tonight, I called the first quarter final of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup between Australia and Samoa, which was held at the Darwin Stadium.

Australia had won both of their previous meetings against Samoa, and headed into this match with three wins from three matches.

Conversely, Samoa had a tough tournament heading into this quarter final, losing to both New Zealand and Tonga, and only getting a 14-all draw against Scotland in Cairns.

So, who would march on through to the semi-finals?

Find out here, and enjoy!