Construction of a new Penrith Stadium will support the growing population of Western Sydney and improve sporting infrastructure.
The redevelopment of Penrith Stadium will transform the arena into a major event venue, boosting the visitor economy infrastructure. It will not only continue to cater for NRL matches, but also host events that will benefit the entertainment and tourism industries.
To ensure the redevelopment will meet the needs of the community, a 6-week consultation was held, inviting community members and stakeholders for feedback.
More than 3000 community members gave their feedback, providing a clear indication of their vision for the redeveloped stadium. This included calls for:
During the consultation process, stakeholders acknowledged the current size and layout of the site of the existing stadium would limit the ability for the new stadium to deliver an activated precinct. Some feedback confirmed that building the stadium on an alternative site would allow fixtures to continue to be played in Penrith during the construction period.
In response to the feedback, the NSW Government will explore and assess an alternate site for the new stadium and review the scope and design of the new stadium. Commercial negotiations have commenced for the acquisition of the Penrith Paceway site as the site for the Penrith Stadium redevelopment.
The existing Penrith Stadium will continue to be available for the 2023 NRL season, allowing Penrith Panthers and its fans to continue to attend games. This will also provide capacity and flexibility within the stadium network while the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway.
It’s expected that by late 2022, the scope and location of the new Penrith Stadium will be finalised, after which the timing of construction will be confirmed.