Australian A-League football team Sydney FC has backed plans to demolish and rebuild its Allianz Stadium home ground and has called on the New South Wales government to press ahead with the project as soon as possible.
The government is set to rebuild both Allianz Stadium and ANZ Stadium, and Sydney FC has requested that work begins on its ground ahead of the latter venue.
Allianz Stadium is used by NRL rugby league team the Sydney Roosters as well as Sydney FC, and also hosts rugby union matches. ANZ Stadium, meanwhile, is the home of rival A-League team the Western Sydney Wanderers and a number of NRL teams.
Sydney FC said the redevelopment of Allianz Stadium would benefit its members and the wider Sydney sporting public. The club wants a new stadium built in time for the start of the 2020-21 A-League season.
Chairman Scott Barlow said: “Sydney FC is committed to Allianz Stadium and it will be our home for many years to come.
“As A-League champions and one of the country’s fastest growing sporting clubs, our fans and team deserve to play in a truly world class sporting facility. In order to achieve this, Allianz Stadium must be rebuilt as a priority given its relative age compared with other stadium in the network.”
The club added in a statement that the stadium, which opened in 1988, is in “desperate need” of extra capital investment to turn it into a world-class venue.