The upgrade of Marvel Stadium starts at the end of the 2021 season and should be complete in 2023.
Manly’s home ground Brookvale Oval will now be known as 4 Pines Park, with 4 Pines Brewing Company (whose holding company Asahi Breweries also owns CUB) replacing Lottoland as the new naming rights partner.
The Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta has another name change. Commonwealth Bank has taken over the naming rights from its subsidiary Bankwest, and the venue will be known as CommBank Stadium from October 1.
Surprised they didn’t do it sooner, Bankwest only has a few branches left in NSW and largely gave up its east coast expansion years ago.
Remembering that the newly refurbished ground has only been around for maybe 2-3 years, if anything it’s surprising that it wasn’t CommBank Stadium from Day 1.
Stadium Australia has a new naming rights sponsor. It will now be known as Accor Stadium for the next seven years.
Previous naming rights sponsors have been Telstra and ANZ.
A bit of synergy perhaps with Accor’s hotels in Sydney Olympic Park (Pullman, Novotel and Ibis)?
Yes they mentioned that in the announcement.
The Daily Telegraph reports tonight that Penrith Panthers’ home ground (capacity 22,500) will be knocked down and rebuilt as a boutique stadium with capacity of between 25,000 and 30,000, as part of the NSW Government’s suburban stadium masterplan. Premier Dominic Perrottet told the paper that Panthers Stadium is more than 40 years old and in needs of repairs.
No, he needs the votes that this kind of frivolous spending will attract. If the Panthers (or any other club) wants better facilities, make them use the three world-class stadia we already have or fund the work yourself.
They’d have the money
Rugby league icon Ron Coote, football icon Johnny Warren and Wallabies great Sir Nicholas Shehadie will be immortalised at the rebuilt stadium.
Controversially, the SCG Trust has also opted to name on stand the ‘Garrison Stand’, acknowledging the British Army Soldiers that played cricket on a stretch of turf that later became the SCG.
Venues NSW chairman Tony Shepherd told SMH that female athletes are still among the candidates for recognition with grandstand names at the new venue.
Typical Melbourne response!
Typically smug Sydney comment
Does that shit pass as reporting now?
Shame that the report contained a complete lack of detail that would explain that The Big Dance isn’t intended to rival the Melbourne Cup
Attracting a younger audience to the races underpins Racing NSW’s strategy and ‘The Big Dance‘, a fresh $2 million, 1600m race at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day, will be an important cog in that wheel.
The feature will be restricted to horses who have contested any one of 25 Country Cups across NSW that year, will be held after the Melbourne Cup is run, and will be part of a day of celebration which will also include a performance by a major international musical act after the final event.
V’Landys says Racing NSW is not trying to take away from Victoria’s pinnacle event but rather capitalise on it, comparing Melbourne Cup day for the racing industry to Valentine’s Day for a florist.
“I use the analogy of a florist. Next week, it’s Valentine’s Day so why wouldn’t all the florists be open on that particular day when you’re going to sell the most product?” V’Landys said.
“On that particular day, the Victorians do a great job of attracting a national audience and we’re just going to provide our own flowers.”
The Melbourne Cup might be our most famous race, but it’s by no means our best
Except I’m in Newcastle, but not too far off
Manly Sea Eagles have confirmed plans to rename the southern stand at Brookvale Oval after club legends Cliff Lyons and Steve Menzies, and the new northern stand after the late Bob Fulton. The southern stand is currently known as the Fulton-Menzies Stand.
Starting to look a lot like the old stadium!