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Australian World Cup stadiums announced

Published: Sunday 16th May 2010  |  More News

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New state of the art arenas to be built in Perth, Canberra and Blacktown in Western Sydney is part of Australia's bid for either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup. View all the stadiums below.

The Australian bid team made their proposal to soccer's head body in Zurich on Friday, with a legacy of $2.8 billion worth of infrastructure promised, which all sporting codes would benefit from as a result.

Ten host cities have been selected as part of the bid under Australia's nationwide hosting proposal that will see World Cup matches played in six states and territories.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Geelong and Townsville have been chosen to host matches should Australia be successful, with Sydney's ANZ Stadium and Melbourne's MCG in the running to host the Final, one of the most watched events on the planet.

A leather-bound, 750-page bid book that contains Australia's hosting concept and all of the technical aspects of the bid was submitted at FIFAs headquarters.

Football Federation of Australia chairman Frank Lowy, said the completion of the bid documentation was an exciting milestone in Australia's history.

"We're proud to be presenting to FIFA bid documents that highlight a technically brilliant bid supported by unified government funding and commitment at all levels," Lowy said.

"This nationwide hosting proposal means millions of sports fans across the country will be able to enjoy the biggest and most exciting sporting event in the world in wonderful new or upgraded stadiums in their own cities.

"The infrastructure investment will leave a legacy to all sporting codes in the nation before and after the FIFA World Cup for generations to come."

The new stadiums include a 60,000-seat stadium on the Subiaco precinct in Perth, a 40,000-seat stadium near the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and a 41,000-seat stadium in Blacktown in Sydney's south west.

The stadiums to be upgraded and have their capacity either permanently or temporarily increased include ANZ Stadium, Sydney Football Stadium, MCG, Skilled Stadium in Geelong, Dairy Farmers Stadium in Geelong, Adelaide Oval, Gold Coast, EnergyAustralia Stadium in Newcastle and Suncorp Stadium.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley said the bid shows Australia can deliver the best experience for teams and fans in Australia and the region.

"This is our opportunity to showcase our unique and beautiful country to the world," Buckley said.

"Our Bid is a tailor-made, compelling concept that shows Australia is ready to fulfill the dream of holding the FIFA World Cup on every continent on the globe."

AUSTRALIAN FIFA WORLD CUP STADIUMS

Stadium Host City Capacity Construction
Stadium Australia Sydney 83, 000 Minor Upgrade
Sydney Football Stadium Sydney 41, 000 Minor Upgrade
Blacktown Stadium Sydney 41, 000 New Stadium
MCG Melbourne 88, 000 Existing Stadium
Brisbane Stadium Brisbane 50, 000 Existing Stadium
Perth Stadium Perth 60, 000 New Stadium
Adelaide Oval Adelaide 48, 000 Major Upgrade
Gold Coast Stadium Gold Coast 40, 000 Major Upgrade
Newcastle Stadium Newcastle 42, 000 Major Upgrade
Canberra Stadium Canberra 40, 000 New Stadium
Geelong Stadium Geelong 44, 000 Major Upgrade
Townsville Stadium Townsville 40, 000 Major Upgrade
       

STADIUM AUSTRALIA - Sydney, NSW

Stadium Australia was officially opened in June 1999 when Australia played the FIFA All Stars in front of a crowd of 88,101.

Since that time Stadium Australia has hosted many major sporting events and was the centrepiece of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

It has hosted major international football matches, including numerous Socceroos matches.

Other regular fixtures include major international and domestic rugby union, rugby league and Australian rules football matches.

On occasion, one-day international or Twenty20 cricket matches have been staged at the stadium.

The Stadium is well served by public transport infrastructure. The Olympic Park railway station is in the heart of the precinct and a comprehensive network of special event buses is activated on event days. Ferry transport is also available.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 83,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 88,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Opening Match
  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final
  • Semi Final
  • Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Existing Stadium

SYDNEY FOOTBALL STADIUM - Sydney, NSW

Sydney Football Stadium opened in 1988 and has held numerous prestigious sporting events, including the final of the Olympic Football women's tournament during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Other major events staged at the SFS include the final of the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship, National Rugby League grand finals and international rugby union fixtures.

The record crowd for a sporting event is 43,967 for the Australia versus Argentina FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1993.

Central Railway Station, approximately two kilometres from the SFS, will be the hub for special-event spectator buses travelling directly to the stadium.

Typically, many spectators walk to the stadium from the nearby dining and entertainment precinct of Moore Park/Paddington.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 41,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 44,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Minor Upgrade

BLACKTOWN STADIUM - Sydney, NSW

Blacktown Olympic Park is a sports centre in Blacktown, in Sydney's western suburbs.

It was constructed for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games to host the softball events and provide a secondary Stadium for baseball.

Blacktown Stadium is close to a number of public transport connections with Doonside and Rooty Hill railway stations located within a 15 minute walk away from the Stadium.

A number of major arterial roads serve the venue well ensuring ease of access for public bus routes.

On Match days, bus services will be increased and supplemented by a shuttle bus from Blacktown station.

There are also various opportunities for spectators to travel to Blacktown Stadium on foot or by bicycle.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 41,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 26,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • New Stadium

MCG - Melbourne, VIC

The Stadium was built in 1853 and has undergone a number of redevelopments over its 150-plus years, with the latest, the northern stand, completed in 2006.

With the completion of this stand, the MCG now boasts a seated capacity of 95,000.

The MCG's marvellous history gives the venue world stature. The MCG's rich history of hosting football matches began in 1887.

It has hosted a multitude of differing sporting events from the first ever cricket test match, through to the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, where the Stadium hosted Olympic football matches among other Olympic sports. Football was again hosted as part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and more recently the MCG was the focal point of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Along with the train network, an extensive tram network is available to the north and south of the stadium, which caters for people coming from the city centre and surrounding suburbs. Although public transport is readily available, the proximity to the central business district also means that walking to and from the stadium is a simple and safe alternative for people staying in the city.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 88,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 95,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Opening Match
  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final
  • Semi Final
  • Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Existing Stadium

BRISBANE STADIUM - Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane Stadium is recognised as a leading stadium for rectangular sports in Australia.

The stadium has hosted various international sporting events including FIFA World Cup qualification matches, the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

The stadium is also home to the Brisbane Roar A-League team.

Located less than three kilometres from the Brisbane city centre, access to the stadium is provided by the surrounding road, bus and train network.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 50,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 53,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Existing Stadium

PERTH STADIUM - Perth, WA

The Perth Stadium has been evolving over a number of years. An extensive feasibility study has been undertaken.

Perth Stadium will be in Subiaco, approximately three kilometres west of the Perth city centre. This location ensures that the stadium is surrounded by parklands and open space, making entry and exit easy.

The proposed transport plan for Perth Stadium builds on the existing plans for Subiaco precinct.

The upgrading of West Leederville railway station and the building of pedestrian bridges from the railway station provide opportunities to better link the stadium precinct and train station. The improvements to the station, which is located within 500 metres of the stadium, will ensure improved capacity and operating efficiencies.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 60,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 60,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final
  • Semi Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • New Stadium

ADELAIDE OVAL - Adelaide, SA

Adelaide Oval was originally established as a sporting venue in 1865, and extensive redevelopment has taken place over the years to modernise the facility, culminating in 2003 with the addition of the Chappell Stand on the eastern side of the oval.

The latest redevelopment, set to be completed in 2010, is the upgrading of the western stand, providing spectators and  hospitality guests with state-of-the-art facilities.

Adelaide Oval is served by a strong transport network. It is easily accessed via the surrounding road network, and is well served by public transport infrastructure which includes trains, trams and buses.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 48,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 50,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Major Upgrade

GOLD COAST STADIUM - Gold Coast, QLD

The original Gold Coast Stadium opened in 1987.

The redeveloped Gold Coast Stadium is under construction with completion set for mid 2011.

Gold Coast Stadium is in the suburb of Carrara, approximately 11 kilometres from the coast and is approximately an hour's drive from the Brisbane city centre.

The stadium is well positioned from a transport perspective and is well serviced by special-event buses that run services from a number of surrounding areas on the Gold Coast, linking the stadium with the city and accommodation hubs. Nerang railway station is approximately two kilometres from Gold Coast Stadium.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 40,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 27,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Major Upgrade

NEWCASTLE STADIUM - Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle Stadium, formerly known as the International Sports Centre, was opened in 1970.

Since that time, the stadium has undergone a number of redevelopments with the aim of building the premier sports venue in Newcastle.

The stadium is currently undergoing a major redevelopment which will be completed in 2011.

It is home to the Newcastle United Jets A-League team and has hosted international men's and women's football matches.

Newcastle Stadium is well served by major event buses deployed to transport spectators from key points in the city centre and surrounding areas to the stadium. Buses and trains from Sydney will also be used to move people between the two Host Cities, using the excellent infrastructure in place.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 42,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 34,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Major Upgrade

CANBERRA STADIUM - Canberra, ACT

In late 2008 the Australian Capital Territory Government commissioned a major review of the existing stadium to develop a long-term strategic plan in accordance with the Territory objectives to improve international sport and recreation opportunities.

The outcome of the review led to the development of the proposed new Canberra Stadium.

The integrated transport strategy for the new Canberra Stadium incorporates a dedicated bus terminal. The terminal has been designed as an event-based transport node next to the main road network, allowing for the creation of a dedicated bus route between the stadium and the Canberra city centre.

The spectator bus mall will be next to the main stadium entrance, providing direct access.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 40,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 27,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • New Stadium

GEELONG STADIUM - Geelong, VIC

Geelong Stadium, at Kardinia Park, is currently undergoing major redevelopment works in accordance with a masterplan prepared in 2001.

Scheduled for completion in 2010, the stadium will comprise a new multi-tier eastern stand and south-western stand. 

The stadium is well served by an existing public transport network. The stadium is located 400m from South Geelong railway station and one kilometre from Geelong's central railway station.

Both offer connections to the Geelong city centre and Melbourne. A local bus network also provides services connecting the Geelong city centre and surrounding suburbs.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 44,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 37,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Major Upgrade

TOWNSVILLE STADIUM - Townsville, QLD

Townsville Stadium opened in 1994. It has been used for many major sporting events and is currently the home of the North Queensland Fury A-League team.

A redeveloped Townsville Stadium has been identified as a potential group or Round of 16 Match venue.

The Stadium is well served on an existing transport network with special-event shuttle buses to transport spectators from the city centre to the stadium. Park-and-ride facilities will supplement these services.

NET SALEABLE CAPACITY

  • 40,000

LEGACY SEATED CAPACITY

  • 30,000

POTENTIAL MATCHES

  • Group Stage
  • Round of 16
  • Quarter Final

CONSTRUCTION

  • Major Upgrade
 
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