THE new Bankwest Stadium will turbocharge the Parramatta CBD and inject millions of dollars into the Western Sydney economy, according to analysis by the Western Sydney Business Chamber.
The analysis found that visiting sports fans and major event goers to the new stadium would spend more than $176M in the next two years.
David Borger, Executive Director of the Western Sydney Business Chamber said: “The opening of the new Bankwest Stadium will see a surge of new visitations to Parramatta that we have never seen before. This is now one the best stadiums in the country with a spectator experience unparalleled.
“The flow-on benefits from the stadium will be immense. Parramatta’s night-time economy will be supercharged.
“Parramatta will expect to see a wave of tourists – coming to watch sports games and concerts at Bankwest Stadium.
“Patrons making their way to and from the stadium will be stopping at one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby – boosting the vibrancy of Parramatta Eat Street. We will also see out-of-towners booking accommodation at local hotels,” Mr Borger said.
Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said Bankwest Stadium was designed for the fans with the event experience front of mind.
“Bankwest Stadium will provide a fantastic new stage for rugby league, football and rugby union with fans closer to the action than ever before. It will also host a range of community events and activities, business meetings, shows and concerts.
“More than 30 sport and entertainment events are already confirmed, with more to be announced. We will host hundreds of additional meetings and special events and anticipate more than 600,000 people will walk through the gates of Bankwest Stadium in its first nine months of operation,” Mr Kerry said.
Bankwest Managing Director Rowan Munchenberg said Bankwest was thrilled to support this critical piece of community infrastructure in the vibrant, diverse and growing corridor of Western Sydney.
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