First look at new and improved Penrith Stadium

THE NSW Government has unveiled the draft plans for the new Penrith Stadium which will transform the precinct into a modern venue for sporting and entertainment.

In a press release the government stated that it was a significant stadium upgrade and has been designed to improve the gameday experience for fans and players and is set to attract visitors from far and wide, creating a superior venue for sports events, live music and entertainment.

“The redevelopment will include a new western grandstand and a significantly redeveloped eastern grandstand increasing the ground capacity to 25,000. Grandstands have been reconfigured to maximise seating with premium views between the try lines to be steeper to bring fans closer to the action,” the statement read.

“In a win for fans, more food and beverage outlets and amenities will reduce wait times on gamedays and improve customer experience, as will new scoreboards, sound systems and upgraded lighting.

“New player facilities including four new changerooms will help grow female representation in rugby league and other sporting codes.

“The hills at the northern and southern end of the playing field will be retained, reflecting feedback from over 3,000 fans, families and community members. Additionally, the training field to the west of the stadium will be remodelled to create a stadium precinct with quality open space for outdoor community, sporting and entertainment events.

“The project will be a boost for Western Sydney and will support local jobs during construction and once it is operating.

“The community has been actively involved in shaping the stadium design, which will be placed on exhibition for public comment in coming months, as part of a State Significant Development Application process.”

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To facilitate the redevelopment, the stadium is expected to close after the 2024 NRL season, and re-open in 2026. Construction timeframes are subject to planning and procurement processes.

Venues NSW will operate the stadium once completed. Venues NSW have a strong track record in successfully operating similar venues across NSW, including Accor Stadium, the SCG, Allianz Stadium, McDonald Jones Stadium, WIN Stadium and CommBank Stadium.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car said she was delighted to see the upgraded Penrith Stadium brought to life in these exciting new designs.

“This is a very welcome upgrade to a stadium that has been well-loved by the passionate Western Sydney community,” Ms Car said.

“I cannot wait to see the seats filled as fans come roaring in to enjoy Panthers’ games in the upgraded stadium.”

Minister for Sport and Minister for Small Business, Steve Kamper said when complete, Penrith Stadium will be a first-class sporting and entertainment venue for everyone to enjoy.

“The upgraded stadium will be the new beating heart of Penrith, attracting visitors from far and wide, providing a boost to the local economy and building upon the already strong entertainment and sporting culture in Western Sydney,” he said.

“Whilst this stadium will be purpose-built to host women’s and men’s NRL games, it will also cater for rugby union, soccer, live music and other entertainment events.”

Member for Penrith, Karen McKeown said she was very excited that the hills would remain. 

“I’d like to thank the 3,000 fans and families who provided their input to the design process, and I – along with every fan of Western Sydney sport – am so excited to see that the iconic hills at either end of the ground have been saved,” Ms McKeown said.

“As Penrith continues to grow, the new Penrith Stadium precinct will be an active hub that the whole community can enjoy.”