With Sydney FC's 'Fortress Allianz' in for its new chapter, the designs have got fans sporting the widest of grins.
Sydney FC have long held the notion that Sydney is Sky Blue and while that remains a contentious talking point across the city in spite of their recent success, the famous Cove will be singing loudly and proudly from a new state of the art facility.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres was on hand as the SCG Trust confirmed a winning design had been chosen from stiff competition.
A roof designed to reflect noise back into the stadium and with a whole underside which can be illuminated in Sydney’s famous sky blue headline a raft of exciting innovations for the stadium in the heart of the Moore Park precinct.
Described as a “colosseum of light and sound” by Mr Ayres, the stadium will immediately sit alongside the under-construction Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta as architectural benchmarks for the city of Sydney.
Perhaps more importantly, however, is how the new stadium will be received by the Sydney FC faithful as well as the thousands of patrons who visit the venue over the coming years.
The design for the stadium has taken the local environment as its touchstone with a brilliant bronze façade that pays homage to the areas traditional sandstone construction roots and a roof described as “a lightweight cloud structure.”
Stuart Ayres also took aim at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, long held as one of the better fan experiences in the country.
Home of the Brisbane Roar, Mr Ayres said the new Sydney stadium would “kick Suncorp to reserve grade.”
The winning design was submitted by Cox Architects who beat out two other firms and is slated to become a reality in 2022.
Male and female athletes have been heavily catered for as part of the successful design with enough change room facilities and bathrooms to accommodate significantly more people than the previous facility, opening the possibility for doubleheaders featuring A-League and W-League sides down the track.
There had been significant opposition to the NSW government’s $729 million proposal to knock down and rebuild the existing Allianz Stadium, but as the first glimpses of the winning design begin to circulate, the excitement and anticipation of a brand new, world-class facility opening in Sydney’s heartland should grow.
Even as they continue to dominate the cross-city rivalry with the Western Sydney Wanderers, further illustrated by their 3-0 FFA Cup semi-final win at Penrith last week, the Sky Blue faithful will likely be salivating at the prospect of their famous tifo’s being raised at the stunning new venue.
Throw in their stirring chants rising and wafting through the air only to be amplified by the new roof and there’s plenty to look forward to in the new Allianz Stadium.