Construction will soon be complete on a new facility for football and rugby in Parramatta. It will be called Bankwest Stadium.
No longer will fans be long distances away from the action. Since football and rugby seldom subject spectators to any risk from high-velocity cricket balls, the new stadium features a rectangular design with steeply pitched stands. The word is that the stands will be the steepest the country has seen.
Not to be harbingers of doom, but the scenario where an inebriated fan falls from on high will certainly incite the nannies to shed croc tears about the dangers of a stadium with highly angled grandstands.
The builders are putting the final touches on the facility. It is expected that the Parramatta Eels with face the West Tigers for the first game at Bankwest in Round 6 of the Telstra 2019 NRL Premiership competition.
Eels supporters might want to cite the precedent of the effect Optus Stadium provided for the West Coast Eagles in the 2018 AFL season…
Detractors might opine that by the sixth round, the Eels’ premiership aspirations will be well and truly quashed, but maybe a position in the top eight is not out of the question.
The Western Sydney Wanderers will also use the ground for A-League games. Like the Eels, they could use any sort of boost from any source.
“This is a fans-first stadium,” NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I think people will be blown away by the proximity to the field and the amazing sight lines.”
One can only hope that not just the sight lines, but also the sights themselves will be cause for cheer.
The operators of the shiny new venue will hold an open house on April 14 in order to let the public have a glimpse.
One appealing feature is the partially enclosed design. Fans will welcome the shade during day games, perhaps even shelter from the odd shower.