NSW premier Dominic Perrottet joked this week that it almost cost his Liberal party an election, but the new Allianz Stadium is a sight to behold.
The $874 million rebuild of the Sydney Football Stadium was 20 per cent over budget but was delivered on time and will feature its first NRL game on Friday night.
The Roosters face arch rivals the Rabbitohs in the final round of the season that will decide which side gets to host the other an elimination final the following week.
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The brand spanking new stadium – which stands next to the SCG – has slightly reduced capacity and all 42,500 seats have been sold for the clash.
Billionaire Justin Hemmes’ Merivale has the food and beverage contract and they are offering half price on everything between 5-7pm on Friday.
The concourse will have Merrivale-owned Totti’s food available, while bars serve Furphy, Stone & Wood and VB on tap.
There is also a range of wines and cocktails and zero-alcohol bottles of Heineken.
It’s officially the home of the Roosters, Waratahs (Super Rugby) and Sydney FC (A-League), but South Sydney are trying to get their foot in the door next season.
That prompted Roosters supremo Nick Politis to issue a blunt message to their cross-town rivals – “it’s our home, not their home”.
The Roosters’ high-performance centre and football offices are situated inside Allianz Stadium and Politis made sure a sign was erected which read “home of the Sydney Roosters” last month when signing a 25-year deal to use the stadium.
Souths were also told they couldn’t use Allianz Stadium for their captain’s run and they responded by questioning the quality of the playing surface.
The promise to rebuild Allianz and Accor Stadium was a polarising issue at the 2019 New South Wales state election and saw Labor call the vote ‘a referendum on the $1.6 billion pledge’.
Liberal won the election comfortably but reneged on their promise to redevelop Accor Stadium, much to the ire of rugby league boss Peter V’Landys.
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