In Sydney, the new Allianz Stadium in Moore Park was opened on Sunday!
In the place where the previous stadium of the same name stood until three years ago, a super-modern sports facility emerged that cost the NSW budget as much as $828 million.
The gates of the stadium were first opened for the event called “Community Day”, during which tens of thousands of Sydney citizens toured the new building.
Earlier, NSW Premier Dominic Perote unveiled the memorial plaque and took the first kick on the Allianz Stadium pitch. Of course, with a rugby ball.
In the evening, a music concert was held, where Guy Sebastian and Baker Boy performed.
– This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. We are opening a new stadium in Sydney, which will be of great importance for our country. It is another major infrastructure project implemented by the government. This world-class stadium befits the only truly global city in the country and will ensure that New South Wales continues to attract the biggest Stars of sport, music and entertainment – Perote said.
The Allianz Stadium has a capacity of 42,500 seats, which is a thousand and a half less than the previous one, which was built in Moore Park in 1988. The western and eastern tribunes are built in three levels, and the north and south stands have two.
The facility has long been one of the main topics of contention in Australia’s largest city and in NSW political circles.
The opposition and many citizens opposed the project, considering that the then stadium was only 30 years old and in very good condition and that it was not necessary to demolish it and build a new one, but only to renovate the existing one.
However, the New South Wales Liberal National government made the new project one of its campaign trump cards and – almost lost the 2019 election because of it.
However, the Coalition still got a new mandate, and three years later Sydney got a new stadium.
The first sports match at Allianz Stadium will be a women’s rugby league match between the Sydney Roosters and Illawarra St. George on September 2. After that match, the big men’s NRL derby will be played – Rusters vs. Rabbitohs.
Sports Minister Alistair Henskens said the new stadium will provide a phenomenal viewing experience for rugby and football fans.
– With the installation of the last pieces of turf and the last seats, the stadium got its physiognomy and the best conditions for both athletes and spectators. I can’t wait for all of us to enjoy that experience – Minister Henskens said.
Currently, the agreement on the use of the stadium has the rugby league clubs Sydney Roosters and Illawarra St George, rugby union team NSW Waratahs, as well as the Sydney Football Club.
In addition to them, the Australian national teams in football, rugby union and rugby league will play at Alijanac.
The new Sydney stadium will also host the football Super Cup, a tournament in which Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Scotland’s Celtic and England’s Everton will participate.
Also, the Alliance will be one of the facilities where the 2023 Women’s Soccer World Cup will be held, which will be jointly organized by Australia and New Zealand.
Ninković’s unfulfilled dream
The opening of Alijanc Stadium was also long awaited by Miloš Ninković. The Serbian footballer did not hide his desire to play the last season of his career in this building and to say goodbye in front of full stands in Moore Park.
However, since he did not find a common language with the Sydney management this winter, they parted ways and Milos joined the ranks of the rival Wanderers. Thus, the only opportunity for Ninković to play at Alijanc Stadium will be on November 12, when the big Sydney derby is played.
This is definitely a big sin of the Sydney administration, because after seven years of success with this club, Miloš deserved to play his farewell season at the magnificent stadium.
Elton John is also coming
New South Wales Tourism Minister Ben Franklin has announced several major music events at Allianz Stadium over the next few months.
– Allianz Stadium will be the stage for some of the world’s biggest stars, including the pop sensation Bruno Mars, then Justin Bieber and the legendary Sir Elton John – Franklin said.
Bruno Mars will perform on October 14 and 15, Elton John on January 17 and 18, while the dates for Justin Bieber’s concerts are not yet known.
Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.
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