While I can’t go into specifics due to sensitivity, rest assured this is part of my day job (which I return to from leave tomorrow), and not simply armchair dreaming.
An opportunity is being investigated for anew combined Sports and Entertainment centre within Penrith CBD.
The centre would be covered, and featuring a NRL/Soccer/ARU specification rectangular field, with (primarily) two tiered seating surrounding the field of similar pitch to Western Sydney Stadium.
The centre will be designed to accommodate NRL matches, as well as othe rectangular/ small field sports, in addition to concerts and conferences.
Due to the mixed use of the facility, corporate boxes and associated facilities for sport are likely to be accommodated at one of the ground ends, as the end will also form the convertible concert stage area.
Palletised hybrid turf is likely to be used for grass field sports (such as NRL), with the Hebrides turf being removed for growth, maintenance and during concerts or hard-court sports.
That’s the high level description, unfortunately I cannot disclose the exact location as yet.
My question for you, is what do you think about capacity? Options between 25,000 and 37,500 (Sport configuration).
The low end number is considered not of sufficient gap from the existing Penrith stadium, while as the number gets higher, the benefits are likely to reduce.
The concept thinking is that the centre is of advanced economical design with a projection curtain separating the lower and upper decks, allowing the centre to be used efficiently at approximately 50% capacity. The curtain is retracted for full capacity.
Some comparable stadia;
12k max (including floor) - ICC Theatre
20k max (including floor) - Sydney Super Dome
30k (approx 38k using field) - Western Sydney Stadium
45k (approx 55k using field) - New SFS
75-100k (variable including field usage) Stadium Australia
As I started with this is not a joke or dreaming, interested in your opinions at this early stage of development.