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Upgraded Sydney Stadium Set for September Showcase

Upgraded Sydney Stadium Set for September Showcase

The $828 million, 42,500-seat Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) has been selected by the New South Wales Government to host an opening spectacle of international soccer, rugby league, and rugby union.

After three years of development and exceeding an initial budget of $729 million, the revamped ‘Allianz Stadium’ is set to provide Sydney’s fans with an improved sporting destination.

With purpose-built facilities for elite female athletes, member fitness facilities and corporate spaces, the stadium’s transformation since its closure in 2018 is scheduled for a late August opening.

Offering a community day on 28 August, sports fans are invited to visit the new stadium scheduled to house local teams the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC.

In an interview with the ABC, Matildas athlete, Kyah Simon, reflected on past experiences at the SFS.

“The last time we played [at the SFS] was with Melbourne city, it was a grand final here and the crowd would have been around…5000?” Simon said.

“To play in a brand-new stadium like this later this year, and against quality opposition in Canada, I think it’s going to be massive for us,” she said.

The Matildas, taking to Allianz for the second match in a series of three, will take on Olympic gold medallists Canada on 6 September.

NRL’s Sydney rivalry between the Roosters and Rabbitohs will take to the boot on 2 September, followed by the Union Match between South Africa’s Springboks and Australian Wallabies on 3 September.

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