Al­lianz blows bud­get

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

WE’RE hear­ing the cost of knock­ing down and re­build­ing the death trap Al­lianz Sta­dium at Moore Park will be a whop­ping $900 mil­lion, $200 mil­lion more than Sports Min­is­ter Stuart Ayres orig­i­nally told us. Thank good­ness he’s not man­ag­ing salary caps.

That’s $900 mil­lion for a venue that hosts only 10 NRL games a year for the Syd­ney Roost­ers and their pal­try av­er­age crowd of 13,500. No other NRL club will play there. The ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion for Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian is to build a 30,000-seater, which would still be only half full for most games but would at least save hun­dreds of mil­lions of tax­payer dol­lars.

It would also leave enough money to prop­erly re­build ANZ Sta­dium as our ma­jorevent venue.

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