Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium now looks like a demolition site as 30 years of history is bulldozed to make way for redevelopment.
“Demolition is now underway, a major step in delivering the biggest investment in sporting and entertainment infrastructure since the 2000 Olympics,” sports minister Stuart Ayres said.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee added: “Demolition marks an emotional time for the hundreds of thousands of people who have enjoyed watching sporting and entertainment greats at Pirtek Stadium, and now the next chapter begins. This stadium holds strong memories for sporting and music fans alike.”
More than 500 fans from as far as Perth are the proud owners of stadium history, ranging from seats to pieces of hallowed turf. Equipment, lockers, lighting and furniture were donated to community sports groups from as far away as Moree, Walgett and Wagga Wagga. Larger items were repurposed at WIN Stadium and McDonald Jones Stadium.
Demolition is due to be completed by mid this year with piling and ground work to start later this year.
The first fixture is expected be played mid-2019.