Football Federation Australia (FFA) welcomes the decision by the New South Wales Government to rebuild Allianz and ANZ Stadiums.
FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop AM said the redevelopment would give football’s huge participation base – the largest in the country – a better match day experience at Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League, Socceroos and Matildas matches which would be played in purpose built, world class rectangular stadiums.
“This is a great moment for football as we pitch for the right to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023,” Mr Gallop said. “The timing is perfect for that.”
“Of course there will be other cities around the country that will be looking to host games if we get the tournament but this sets up Sydney to be able to be part of a world class event for football and for Australia."
Mr Gallop said that FFA had considered redevelopment of ANZ Stadium to be particularly important because there were big stadiums in other Australian cities and Sydney needed a big rectangular stadium of its own. “Now that the government has found the money to be able to do both stadiums we congratulate them because of course that was always the ideal solution,” he said.
“It’s a win, win, win for football, for sports fans and ultimately for the NSW economy when you look at Parramatta, Moore Park and ANZ all being totally rebuilt to be among the world’s best stadiums.”