17 May 2019 10:37
SYDNEY, Australia (CelebrityAccess) The Sydney, Australia, suburb of Parramatta has opened its new stadium, launching it with a spectacular light show Wednesday prior to next week's official launch. The $360 million Bankwest Stadium is home to the rugby's Parramatta Eels with a 30,000-seat capacity. The facility has the steepest stands in Australia and has been designed to amplify crowd noise, according to Pan Stadia, with 360-degree LED screens to create a wall of sound and color. The Stadium will cater for bigger crowds, provide an improved game-day experience and bring major benefits to the Western Sydney economy; A 360-degree open concourse with views of the field of play so that fans won't miss any of the action when buying food and drinks; Parramatta thrashed the Wests Tigers in game one at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday, but what was it like for the fans? A pair of NRL employees - Eels tragic Jason Langenberg and Wests Tigers supporter Kenny Scott - were among the more than 29,000 fans to attend opening day at the new jewel in the heart of western Sydney.
The Bankwest experience - Eels fan Jason Langenberg I then went to Plan B which was on the grounds of the old Cumberland Hospital, which for years welcomed fans on game day. We had a better-than-TV view of the game and the proximity to the action was brilliant, especially given the many moments of celebration you enjoy when your team delivers a 51-6 drubbing. They feature high backs which made them nice to sit in for a couple of hours, especially when compared to the seats at the old Parramatta Stadium. The screen was really clear and not too big, but you really don't need one at a stadium like this other than to watch video referee footage. The view of the stadium upon approach is magnificent, with the LED panel on the front displaying gate information upon entry, and images of the winning team when we left.
The Bankwest experience - from a Wests Tigers fan It is a good 20-minute walk from the station to the stadium, but it is flat and the excitement of anticipation basically carries you there. There were live NRL Fantasy updates broadcast on the screens throughout the game which I think is an amazing addition to the gameday experience. The LED signage around the stadium was impressive and was used at crucial times of the game to highlight events (tries for example, apparently there were a few of those). Bankwest Stadium is a long overdue addition to Sydney's infrastructure and is a huge step in the direction we, as a city, should be taking in our attitude towards live sport and events. Small things like cup holders, or a bit more space between seats to make the down the aisle shuffle a bit more comfortable would have been great, however, this is still the best stadium we've got and the benchmark for all others from this point on.
"Further to this, we know the families staying at the house will benefit from the opportunity to have a family day out at one of the many premium events scheduled at the Stadium, giving them much-needed respite and family time during their difficult journey," she said. Bankwest Stadium welcomed a sell out crowd for its first official match on April 22nd, hosting the round six NRL clash between Parramatta Eels and West Tigers. Sixteen teams have been announced to take part in the inagural World Cup Nines tournament at the new Bankwest Stadium in Sydney's west. The men's tournament will include Australia, England, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, France, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Wales, Lebanon, the Cook Islands and the United States. "We will have the colour and passion from some of the Pacific nations including Samoa, Tonga and Fiji, the might of Australia, New Zealand and England, as well as some emerging nations including Lebanon, the US and Cook Islands. The Chief Executive of the brand spanking new Bankwest Stadium says Monday's grand opening will be treat for fans as well as a reward for many months of hard work. "It's happened very quickly, I mean yes, it's taken a couple of years to build but it didn't seem all that long ago that the old stadium was there and all of a sudden we've got this brand new stadium, which we're about to open for the first time," Daryl Kerry tells David Morrow and Mat Thompson on Macquarie Sports Radio. "In looking at the stadium, I think it's beautiful and people will be thrilled with it and it's everything that Rugby League and Rugby Union and football fans will want, "It's intimate despite the fact it has 30,000 seats and I think the fan experience will be unbelievable." Sydney has been crying out for a purpose built rectangular stadium which brings the fans as close to the action as possible and Kerry says the 30,000 seat Bankwest Stadium will deliver on that. Bankwest Stadium will host it's first match on Easter Monday when the Parramatta Eels take on Wests Tigers but it's bad news if you're yet to purchase a ticket – the game has sold out! Western Sydney Wanderers' new home, Bankwest Stadium, officially opens its doors Western Sydney Wanderers' new home opened its doors for the first time on Sunday. Sports fans were invited to soak in the surroundings of Bankwest Stadium in a community open day after the 30,000-seat arena was officially opened by the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian. The state-of-the-art stadium proudly claims 'it will bring fans closer to the action than ever before in Australia' and features the steepest grandstands in the country, ensuring there is not a bad seat in the house. Western Sydney fans who have dreamed about the possibilities that may lie ahead in their new stadium are now able to visualise exactly where those moments will unfold.