The announcement was held this morning at Parramatta Stadium with the Parramatta Eels CEO Ken Edwards, Coach Ricky Stuart, Club Captain Tim Mannah and players Darcy Lussick, Jacob Loko and Mitchell Allgood joining the Minister for Sport, The Hon. Don Farrell and other members of Parliament in revealing the details of the upgrade.
This will be the first major upgrade to the Stadium since it was built in 1986, bringing the capacity to 24,000 and refurbishing the corporate facilities, change rooms and gym. The Blue and Gold’s have called the ground home since it was Cumberland Oval back in 1947.
Also attending the media announcement was Julie Owens MP, Federal Member for Parramatta; Guy Zangari MP, State Member for Fairfield; Councillor John Chedid, Parramatta City Council Lord Mayor Jannett Milligan, Executive Director for Venues NSW and members of the Western Sydney Wanderers.
While welcoming the investment into the upgrade, the Parramatta Eels insist this is just the first step towards delivering the people of this region a Stadium with modern facilities and a capacity of 40,000.
“When built for the Eels in 1986, Parramatta Stadium was state of the art. Fast forward to 2013 and the venue is still a great place to play footy but it is in need of significant work on capacity, associated facilities and services,” said Pirtek Parramatta Eels CEO Ken Edwards.
“That is why this funding from the federal government is very welcome but is just the first step in delivering the people of Parramatta and indeed Greater Western Sydney the stadium they deserve.”
“The Eels have an ambitious Strategic Plan to achieve significant growth over the next few years. By 2017 we will grow our membership to 40,000, lift junior participation to 10,000 and provide this football club with long-term financial sustainability.”
The Club’s immediate priority is the development of a High Performance Community Centre that will ensure the team has access to some of the best training facilities in the NRL, as well as providing access to facilities for over 20,000 students per year to community, health, employment and welfare programs.
The Eels have also welcomed today’s State Government announcement of a master plan setting out $250 million upgrade of ANZ Stadium, the second home ground of the Parramatta Club.
“We are very fortunate to also have ANZ Stadium as our second home where the State Government has just announced a masterplan for a $250 million upgrade to the venue, which is set to include a closing roof and bringing the fans closer to the field for Rugby League,” said Edwards.