A look inside Allianz Stadium as opening event is announced
With the opening of Sydney’s Allianz Stadium now less than a month away, the final piece of turf has been laid and the last seats installed.
The 42,500-capacity stadium will be unveiled to the public on Sunday, August 28 with a free community Open Day and Night, with tickets now available. Scroll down for details.
NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said the completion of Allianz Stadium was a testament to the Government’s commitment to deliver state-changing infrastructure.
“Having a world-class stadium in the heart of a thriving sport, entertainment and hospitality precinct on the cusp of Sydney’s CBD will help ensure our state continues to host the best sporting and entertainment talent in the world,” Mr Ayres said.
“This state-of-the-art venue has the best community and player facilities in the country and I can’t wait for everyone to experience it during our unmissable Open Day and Night.
“I know it’s been a long time coming for fans, but I know as soon as they step inside, they’ll see the wait was worth it.
The new Allianz Stadium replaces the old Sydney Football Stadium, which opened in 1988. The old venue’s roof provided cover for only 30% of spectators, with the new stadium covering 100%, while its facilities are truly world-class.
Fans won’t just enjoy being closer to the action they’ll also enjoy a 360-degree open concourse inside and outside the venue, steep seating angles providing an improved event-day experience, better accessibility and a Merivale food and beverage offering.
There’s also an exclusive area inside that allows spectators to watch the teams warm up – with coaches able to frost the glass if they want privacy.
Minister Ayres was joined at the stadium unveiling by Indigenous artist Tony Albert, who was the artistic force behind the new stadium’s seat design.
Mr Albert said through his artwork, that illustrates the concept Two Worlds Colliding: Water & Land, he embedded the idea of Country on top of the stadium creating an element of friendly yet fierce competition.
“Each end of the stadium is separated and distinguished by two different designs symbolising land and water – the land through geometric lines taken from nature, and the bubble of concentric circles for water,” Mr Albert said.
The seat design is one of six artworks that make up the new stadium’s public art program of art installations and recreational facilities that feature in the precinct, which can be seen during the community open day.
Ayres said the community day is a way to test the stadium's ability prior to scheduled sporting and music events taking place.
“We are inviting people to come out and enjoy a very special day and night. It will be the first opportunity for fans to experience first-hand how close to the action they will be and be entertained by Guy Sebastian and Baker Boy.”
The Opening Day and Night, featuring Australian music superstars Guy Sebastian and Baker Boy, will be held across two sessions. The day session will run from 11am-3pm, will see the doors open to the community to explore the venue’s many new features for the first time, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the change rooms, meeting their favourite Sydney Roosters, Sydney FC and NSW Waratahs players, and an opportunity to have a kick on the new world-class playing surface.
Opening Night will kick off from 5pm, with dancers, light shows, large-scale projections and pyrotechnics, headlined by live performances from Australian music icons Guy Sebastian and Baker Boy.
The community can secure up to six free tickets per transaction to Opening Day (11am-3pm) and/or Opening Night (5pm-9pm). Tickets, which include public transport to and from the venue, can be secured from 12pm Tuesday 2 August via Ticketek:
Free tickets to both sessions are now available, with the public able to secure up to six tickets per transaction. Click the following links to secure your tickets through Ticketek.
Following the community opening event, Allianz Stadium will host three big sports events across five days when it opens on September 2, with the first match to be the round 25 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Wallabies will then take on the reigning Rugby World Cup winners South Africa on Saturday, September 3, before the Matildas host Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal winners Canada on Tuesday, September 6 in an international women’s football friendly.
Sydney FC will host their first home game at the new stadium in the opening round of the 2022/23 A-League season, when they host Melbourne Victory on October 8, while the club hosts Celtic FC on November 17.
Bruno Mars will stage two concerts at Allianz Stadium on October 14 and 15, with tickets available from August 8 through Ticketek.