It is a move that some fans will agree with whilst others may not, but moving forward, it is a move that is a bonus for the Parramatta Eels football club, as the Federal Government have committed $20m towards an upgrade to Parramatta Stadium.
With the announcement confirmed at the Stadium, Eels CEO Ken Edwards, coach Ricky Stuart and players Tim Mannah, Mitch Allgood, Darcy Lussick and Jacob Loko were present, along with the Minister for Sport, the Hon. Don Farrell.
The upgrade is a much needed one in the eyes of some fans, with this upgrade the first to the Stadium since it was built in 1986 – one that will increase ground capacity to 24k and refurbish the current facilities at the club, as well as the change rooms and gym.
With the investment by the Government towards the upgrade, this is just the start of the entire process for the Eels, with Ken Edwards saying the Eels have plans for bigger and better things in future.
â€œWhen built for the Eels in 1986 online blackjack cash, Parramatta Stadium was state of the art. Fast forward to 2013 and the venue is in need of significant work on capacity, associated facilities and services,â€ said Ken Edwards.
â€œThat 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.â€
â€œThe 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.â€
There is additional good news for the Parramatta Eels, with their 2nd home, ANZ Stadium also receiving an upgrade – one of $250m.
â€œWe 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,â€ said Edwards.