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New Bankwest Stadium heats up with live sports and events

The design of the Bankwest Stadium includes the use of exposed steel, while respecting its parkland setting.

The new Bankwest Stadium provides the best sightlines of any rectangular stadium in Australia, ensuring spectators never miss a moment.

18 July 2019 – The new AUD 360 million Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta delivers the ultimate live sports and experiences, taking the game and event atmosphere to a new level and boasting a series of Australian firsts that revolutionise modern stadium design.

The stadium is home to the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club, as well as hosting NRL, rugby union and other sports, and live concerts, such as Elton John in May 2020.

Bringing fans closer to the action

The stadium design and construction team, led by Lendlease, and including global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon, delivering structural, civil, building services, security and wind engineering, and Populous, providing architectural design, ensured the unique facility provides an exciting and engaging experience, bringing fans closer to the action than ever before.

Featuring 30 000 seats that are positioned as close to the field as possible, Bankwest Stadium provides the best sightlines of any rectangular stadium in Australia, ensuring spectators never miss a moment.

The stadium has been designed to amplify crowd noise and provide unrivalled views via the 360 degree LED screens, creating a wall of sound and colour. Adaptable LED signage dresses the stadium in team colours and branding, creating a vibrant game day atmosphere.

Fans are offered diverse seating and hospitality options including pitch-side field clubs (a first for a rectangular stadium in Australia), 700-seat dining spaces, and intimate concourse bars and suites with balconies and views facing both the pitch and the park.

Human-centred design approach

Aurecon Technical Director and Engineering Lead for the project, Joseph Pirrello, said that Aurecon was proud to have been involved in the design of the stadium for the community of Western Sydney.

“We used a human-centred design approach and incorporated sustainability measures to support the development’s overall goal of providing a world-class, accessible and operationally sustainable facility that will serve the community well into the future,” Pirrello said.

Lendlease Construction Manager, Richard Yarad, said it was a privilege to lead the construction of this wonderful new sporting facility and deliver it on time for the Western Sydney community on behalf of Infrastructure NSW and the NSW Government.

“The stadium has been built to maximise game day experience; seats are as close to the field as possible, sightlines are the best in Australia for a rectangular stadium and the roof provides 100 per cent spectator coverage,” Yarad said.

“The project also created more than 1 200 jobs during construction and increased opportunities for local Western Sydney residents and businesses.”

Populous Lead Architect, Al Baxter, said the fan experience was central to the design of the stadium.

“Our design was driven by a focus on making live sport extraordinary – the atmosphere, proximity to the pitch, great amenities and being there to support local teams in our national sporting codes. We wanted to create an experience that draws the Western Sydney community together, again and again,” Baxter said.

Drawing inspiration from the manufacturing and industrial heritage of Parramatta and the greater Western Sydney area, the design includes the use of exposed steel, while respecting its parkland setting.

The venue is managed by Venues NSW, with operators VenuesLive.

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