New concept for inner city stadium to be built over Central Station
The concept plans are aimed at persuading the NSW Government to ditch their proposal to build a new stadium at the site of the current Allianz stadium in Moore Park, which Bates Smart sas should be returned as parkland.
However, the Government has only given a muted response to the idea, saying any unsolicited proposal needed “to be evaluated under the appropriate guidelines”.
Bates Smart director Philip Vivian says the design would involve building a podium over the stations to create a site for the proposed stadium, which would have the benefit of being served directly by all of Sydney’s rail lines, buses and the light rail. Speaking to The Guardian, he said “it would create a piece of the city that heals a big scar in its fabric”.
“A stadium should not be an isolated element on the edge of a city or in a park,” he said. “What people want to do is extend their experience and go out for a meal or to a bar afterwards. At Allianz they spill out into nowhere.
“The NSW government often pays to get major events to Sydney but there’s nothing for tourists to spend their money on when they attend an event at Moore Park.”
A design competition for the $729 million rebuild of Allianz stadium is underway with the winner to be announced next month. The Government plans to begin the project before the state election in March next year.