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Western Sydney Stadium

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Bankwest Stadium
Bankwest Stadium logo.png
View Inside Western Sydney Stadium on Opening Day.jpg
Interior view in April 2019
LocationParramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°48′29″S 150°59′59″E / 33.80806°S 150.99972°E / -33.80806; 150.99972
Public transitTfNSW F.svg Parramatta
TfNSW T.svg Parramatta
OwnerVenues NSW on behalf of NSW Government
Record attendance29,372 (Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos, 15 September 2019)
Field size140 × 80 metres
Broke ground2016
Opened14 April 2019
Construction cost$360 million
Main contractorsLendlease
Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) (2019–present)
Parramatta Eels (NRL) (2019–present)
Wests Tigers (NRL) (2019–present)
New South Wales Waratahs (Super Rugby) (2019–present)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL) (2019-present)
South Sydney Rabbitohs (NRL) (2020-)

Western Sydney Stadium, commercially known as Bankwest Stadium[1] is a multi-purpose rectangular stadium in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. It replaced the demolished Parramatta Stadium. The stadium opened in April 2019. It has a 30,000 seat capacity. The stadium is owned by the NSW Government, operated by VenuesLive, designed by Populous Architects and built by Lendlease with a build cost of $360 million.[2][3] The stadium will host games across the major rectangular field sports in Sydney.

The primary uses of the stadium are to host rugby league, soccer, rugby union plus concerts and special events. The foundation teams are National Rugby League club Parramatta Eels and A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers. Other tenants include NRL team Wests Tigers and Super Rugby team New South Wales Waratahs. Some clubs, such as Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs, are relocating games while the knock down rebuild for the Sydney Football Stadium and the redevelopment of Stadium Australia goes ahead.

The stadium was opened by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at the Community Open Day on 14 April 2019. The first sporting event at the stadium saw Parramatta Eels play Wests Tigers in an NRL game on 22 April 2019.

Location history

The area on which the stadium is located was used for leisure and horse racing in the British colony at Parramatta that was founded along with the harbour settlement of Sydney in 1788. Governor Charles FitzRoy approved the creation of a racecourse on the site in 1847, with a cricket field grown within the racetrack and opened in 1863.[4] After numerous name changes the local cricket club settled on the name Central Cumberland Cricket Club, and from there the site gained the Cumberland Oval name.

Cumberland Oval was used variously for horse racing, cricket, athletics, rugby union, rugby league and motor sports. When in use for motor sports the site was named the Parramatta Speedway, holding events from 1930 through to 1959. When the Parramatta District Rugby League Club were admitted into the NSWRL Premiership in 1947 Cumberland Oval became the club's home ground. In 1981 after Parramatta won their first ever rugby league premiership supporters packed into the oval and proceeded to burn the grandstand to the ground, and shortly after a decision was made to build a modern stadium.[5]

An A-League match in progress at Parramatta Stadium
An A-League match in progress at Parramatta Stadium

Parramatta Stadium was designed in 1984, built in 1985 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II on On 5 March 1986. The new rectangular stadium continued to host local, state and national sports events as well as concerts. It was converted into an all seater stadium in 2002, with a reduced capacity of 21,000. In 2012, with the success of the newly formed Western Sydney Wanderers, which included hosting a sell out crowd for the 2014 AFC Champions League Final, and the ongoing desire of the Parramatta Eels to replace the nearly 30 year old stadium, the NSW Government canvassed expansion options including an increase to capacity in the north and south ends, and a successive rebuild of all grandstands. In September 2015 the decision was made for a knock down rebuild of the stadium.[6][7]

Parramatta Stadium's last A-League match was a semi-final between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar where the Wanderers came from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 5-4 in extra time.[8] The Parramatta Eels hosted the final game of rugby league, defeating St George Illawarra 30-18, with Bevan French scoring three tries.[9]

Rebuild and design decision

In September 2015, the New South Wales Government announced that the stadium would be replaced with a new 30,000 seat venue on the same site.[10] Expressions of interest were requested in June 2016, with four shortlisted to bid:.[11] The four groups were Populous & Lendlease, Cox Architecture & John Holland, Hassell & Brookfield Multiplex and lastly, BVN & Laing O'Rourke. The contract was awarded to the Populous and Lendlease consortium in December 2016.[12]

As a requirement of the expanded footprint of the stadium, the adjacent Parramatta War Memorial Pool was also closed and demolished. A small group of protesters disagreed with the decision, gaining a measure of local media coverage to promote their anti-stadium online petitions. A replacement for the pool was announced in March 2017, with the NSW Government confirming that a new aquatic centre would be built on the old Parramatta Golf Course site.[13]

Stadium features

Safe Standing Area
Safe Standing Area

The key features of the stadium are a 10,000 increase in capacity from the old stadium, a major increase in corporate facilities, steep grandstands, integrated pedestrian and transport links, local landscaping, a premium field level members club and a high quality public address system. The first major installation of modern safe standing in Australia is included in the design, with 3 bays totalling 1,000 capacity in the Red & Black Bloc active support area, using an interchange system that allows regular seating to be installed during the winter rugby code season before being swapped for the summer soccer season for the Wanderers.[14] It is also designed to have a LEED Gold Energy rating.[15][16]


Bankwest stadium nearing completion in April 2019. Just a few weeks before its inaugural event. Taken from the nearby Parramatta Leagues Club building.
Bankwest stadium nearing completion in April 2019. Just a few weeks before its inaugural event. Taken from the nearby Parramatta Leagues Club building.

Demolition work began in early 2017 and was completed in February 2017. Site cleanup, excavation and preparatory ground work finished in August. Construction started with concrete foundations being laid down in September 2017, with the main stand complete by mid 2018. The first roof section was assembled and lifted into place at the South end of the ground on 12 February 2018, and complete by late 2018. The structure as a whole was complete in early 2019, with the final internal & landscaping work being completed prior to the opening. The stadium officially opened on 14 April 2019.[17]


The stadium's main purpose is hosting games for the three major football codes in New South Wales. The two major tenants are the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Parramatta Eels. The Wanderers will be hosting 13 A-League 2019/20 regular season games, any FFA Cup home games from the Quarter Final stage and Asian Champions League in future seasons if they qualify. The Parramatta Eels will host 10 games at the stadium in the 2019 regular season, along with potential finals series games. The Wests Tigers will play 4 matches at the stadium in 2019 and have stated they will continue doing so while the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Olympic Stadium were being refurbished. The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs have both confirmed they'll use the stadium as a temporary home ground from mid 2020 while Stadium Australia is redeveloped.[18][19] As a result of the Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment the New South Wales Waratahs played 3 Super Rugby matches at the new stadium in their 2019 season.

The dimensions of the pitch meet international standards for football and both rugby codes. For rugby union the touch in-goal areas will be 10 metres, at the lower end of the acceptable range of 10-22m. The stadium is rated to host international matches across the sporting codes. The first Rugby test match at the venue took place on 7 September 2019 with the Wallabies playing against Samoa in the lead up to their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign.[20]

On 2 June 2019, Rugby Australia, the country's national governing body for union, announced that the stadium would become the new host of the country's stops in the men's World Rugby Sevens Series and World Rugby Women's Sevens Series from the 2019–20 season forward.[21]

On 31 August 2019, Football Federation Australia announced that the Australia women's national soccer team ("the Matildas") will play an international friendly match against Chile at the stadium on Saturday 9 November 2019. [22] Other potential users could include Socceroos (soccer) FIFA World Cup qualification and exhibition matches and Kangaroos (rugby league).

The stadium also hosts concerts, the first being Cold Chisel, the Hoodoo Gurus and Birds of Tokyo held on January 24 2020. This is followed by the final stop of Elton John's Australian tour on 7 March 2020. The Western Grandstand is capable of event hosting on each of the four levels with a maximum single room capacity of 700 in Level 1 function room.

Matches in 2019

Rugby league

The stadium opened with a rugby league match between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers on Easter Monday, 22 April 2019. Eels halfback Mitchell Moses scored the first try, conversion and field goal in the stadium at NRL level. Parramatta won the game 51–6 in front of a sell-out crowd of 29,047[23] The first official try to be scored at the ground was when Bevan French scored for the Wentworthville Magpies against Western Suburbs in the Canterbury Cup NSW game which was played before the main game.[24][25]

The first NRL finals match at the stadium took place on Sunday, 15 September 2019 with Parramatta defeating the Brisbane Broncos by a record finals margin of 58–0 in front of a stadium record crowd of 29,372.[26]

The Rugby League International Federation hosted the Rugby League World 9's tournament on the weekend of 18 & 19 October 2019.


The first soccer game held at the new stadium was on 20 July 2019 when Western Sydney Wanderers hosted English side Leeds United.[27] The game was attended by 24,419 which Leeds won 2-1.[28][29] Leeds player Mateusz Bogusz scored the first goal at the ground, Kwame Yeboah scored the first goal for the Wanderers at their home stadium while Pablo Hernández scored the winning goal in the dying seconds of the match. The game was praised for its good atmosphere as both groups of supporters sang and cheered through the 90 minutes.[30]

The Wanderers hosted their first A-League game at the stadium on 12 October 2019, a come from behind 2-1 win against the Central Coast Mariners FC, with captain of the Wanderers, Mitchell Duke scoring both goals.[31] The attendance figure was 17,091 which is the Wanderers highest ever A-League regular season crowd, outside of Sydney Derby matches.

The Wanderers largest crowd occurred two weeks later on 26 October 2019 when they hosted Sydney FC in the Sydney Derby. The game was played in front of 28,519 fans and was won by the Wanderers 1-0.[32]

In November 2019, the stadium held its first international game with the Matildas hosting Chile in front of a 20,029 crowd, a record for an international women's game in Australia.[33]

Rugby union

The New South Wales Waratahs hosted the first match of rugby union at the venue against the South African team the Sharks on 27 April 2019 in the Super Rugby competition. The Waratahs lost 15-23 in front of a crowd of 10,605.[34]

The Wallabies played host to Samoa on 7 September 2019 in which the Wallabies won 34-15 in front of 16,091.[35]

On 1-2 February 2020, the venue will host the 2020 Sydney Sevens.

Attendance records

Sport Attendance Date Result Event
Rugby League 29,372 15 September 2019 Parramatta Eels 58-0 Brisbane Broncos 2019 NRL Elimination Final
Rugby League 29,047 22 April 2019 Parramatta Eels 51-6 Wests Tigers 2019 NRL season
Association Football 28,519 26 October 2019 Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1-0 Sydney FC 2019–20 A-League
Rugby League 25,872 5 May 2019 Parramatta Eels 32-18 St. George Illawarra Dragons 2019 NRL season
Rugby League 25,034 6 September 2019 Parramatta Eels 32-16 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 2019 NRL season

Transport connections

Parramatta railway station is serviced by trains of the North Shore, Northern & Western Line, Cumberland Line and Blue Mountains Line. The Parramatta River ferry route begins at Circular Quay in the Sydney CBD and includes stops along the river such as Darling Harbour, Meadowbank and Sydney Olympic Park, terminating at the Parramatta ferry wharf. The Parramatta Light Rail will also service the new stadium via the Prince Alfred Square stop.[36] All three are located in the Parramatta CBD within a one kilometre, 15 minute walking distance to the stadium.



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