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Rugby Australia Media Release: 2020 HSBC Sydney 7s locked in at Bankwest Stadium this February

The HSBC Sydney 7s will head to the jewel in the crown of Sydney Stadia, Bankwest Stadium for the 2020 tournament to be played from February 1-2.

Having had three successful years at Allianz Stadium in Sydney and a fourth at Spotless Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park, the fifth edition of the hugely popular tournament will light up Sydney’s west over two action-packed days.

The unique colour and atmosphere of the HSBC World Series Sevens will bring together fans from across the globe to create the ultimate sports and entertainment experience at the new world class Parramatta venue.

Bankwest Stadium precinct will be transformed into a Rugby festival with live bands, rides, interactive entertainment, the kids’ zone, and plenty of places to eat and drink, coupled with the best Rugby Sevens athletes from across the world doing battle less than six months out from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Fan-favourites that have become synonymous with the HSBC Sydney 7s will return with Dance Cam, Kiss Cam, The Gun show, and Karaoke all to feature again in the 2020 edition. There will also be some new additions and surprises to be announced over the coming months.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “We are looking forward to taking the HSBC Sydney 7s to Bankwest Stadium, continuing our drive to showcase the event in Sydney’s west.

“The fan experience at Bankwest Stadium is nothing short of world class and it will lift the event to another level in 2020.

“It is a huge year for Rugby Sevens next year with the Tokyo Olympic Games and those who come along to Bankwest Stadium in February will find out why it is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet.

“The HSBC Sydney 7s is a wonderful celebration of different nationalities and cultures, with supporters flocking from the Pacific Islands, Europe, Africa and America. Sydney has earned the reputation as one of the most popular stops on the World Series circuit for players and fans alike.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said: “Bankwest Stadium will be the perfect fit for the HSBC Sydney 7s tournament.

“The Sydney 7s is an exciting event in our State’s calendar – it’s as much about the enthusiastic fans in the stands as it is about the players on the field,” Mr Ayres said.

“About half of Sydney’s population lives in Western Sydney and it’s among the fastest growing regions in NSW, so it makes perfect sense to hold this fantastic multicultural sporting event at the new state-of-the-art Bankwest Stadium, where there isn’t a bad seat in the house!

“Not only will it help grow the game of rugby union, but it will also encourage more people to spend a weekend in Western Sydney and make the most of what this beautiful region has to offer.”

Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the early bird ticket offer and register at for the early bird prices.

The HSBC Sydney 7s is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

See more event details for the HSBC Sydney 7’s below:

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Bankwest Stadium proud to officially partner with Ronald McDonald House

Bankwest Stadium proud to officially partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney

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Bankwest Stadium is pleased to announce charity Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney as its official Major Charity Partner in 2019.

Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said today: “Bankwest Stadium is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all Australians, and as a thriving hub of community activity, Bankwest Stadium understands and embraces the opportunity it has to make a positive difference in the local community and in the lives of children who need it most.

“We recognise that sport can help to build communities through social inclusion and a sense of connection. It also binds families through shared experiences and achievements, where being a member of a fan club becomes a common point of connection.

“We’re proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Westmead – who is just a 10-minute walk from our front gates, share our passion for promoting the health of young Australians, and partner with two of our home clubs, the Parramatta Eels and Western Sydney Wanderers.”

Venues NSW Chairman, Christine McLoughlin, said the partnership reaffirms the vision for Bankwest Stadium as an inclusive precinct that transcends professional sport.

“Bankwest Stadium will bring the Western Sydney community together for a range of events, festivals and experiences, and we are delighted that families staying at Ronald McDonald House Westmead will have the opportunity to enjoy everything this diverse precinct has to offer.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney CEO, Belinda Woolford said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be named as Major Charity Partner of Bankwest Stadium.

“As a local charity we can see the impact the stadium is going to have on Western Sydney, it will be a game changer for sport and entertainment in our region.

“Further to this, we know the families staying at the house will benefit from the opportunity to have a family day out at one of the many premium events scheduled at the Stadium, giving them much needed respite and family time during their difficult journey.”

Help us Test Your Bankwest Stadium at Wednesday Night Lights

Help us test your Stadium

Tonight’s Wednesday Night Lights spectacular will double as a test event for Bankwest Stadium in the lead-up to the historic first sporting event at the venue, Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers on Easter Monday.

The Stadium Team invites you to provide feedback on your experience, which will help the Stadium reach optimal function as soon as possible.

Not everything is perfect when you open a brand new Stadium and you are asked to help us test your Stadium.

As the Stadium comes to life, if you see something that’s not quite right, let us know by talking to our customer service staff, or fill out the customer feedback form here:

Bankwest Stadium kicks goals for Western Sydney economy

Sydney Business Chamber: Bankwest Stadium kicks goals for Western Sydney economy

The new Bankwest Stadium will turbocharge the Parramatta CBD and inject millions of dollars into the Western Sydney economy, according to analysis by the Western Sydney Business Chamber.

The analysis found that visiting sports fans and major event goers to the new stadium would spend more than $176 million in the next two years.

David Borger, Executive Director of the Western Sydney Business Chamber said, “The opening of the new Bankwest Stadium will see a surge of new visitations to Parramatta that we have never seen before.

This is now one the best stadiums in the country with a spectator experience unparalleled.

“The flow-on benefits from the stadium will be immense. Parramatta’s night-time economy will be supercharged.

“Parramatta will expect to see a wave of tourists – coming to watch sports games and concerts at Bankwest Stadium.

“Patrons making their way to and from the stadium will be stopping at one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby – boosting the vibrancy of Parramatta Eat Street. We will also see out-of-towners booking accommodation at local hotels,” Mr Borger said.

Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said Bankwest Stadium was designed for the fans with the event experience front of mind.

“Bankwest Stadium will provide a fantastic new stage for rugby league, football and rugby union with fans closer to the action than ever before. It will also host a range of community events and activities, business meetings, shows and concerts.

“More than 30 sport and entertainment events are already confirmed, with more to be announced. We will host hundreds of additional meetings and special events, and anticipate more than 600,000 people will walk through the gates of Bankwest Stadium in its first nine months of operation,” Mr Kerry said.

Bankwest Managing Director Rowan Munchenberg said Bankwest was thrilled to support this critical piece of community infrastructure in the vibrant, diverse and growing corridor of Western Sydney.

“The Bankwest Stadium partnership will send a clear message to the people of Western Sydney and, more broadly NSW, that we’ll continue to invest in products and services that meet their needs,” Mr Munchenberg said.

NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said Bankwest Stadium would be a game-changerfor Sydney.

“Clearly, there are huge benefits for rugby league as a whole.

Parramatta, Wests Tigers and the Bulldogs will all use the new stadium this year and the Downer Rugby league World Cup 9s Sydney 2019 will be another event to showcase our sport in the new venue.

“Given the number of matches and events on show, the economic benefits will be significant not only for Western Sydney but for Sydney and NSW in general.

“This will show us not only what we have been missing when it comes to state-of-the-art stadia, but how the state can benefit economically from them,” Mr Greenberg said.

Parramatta Eels Club CEO Bernie Gurr said, “We are thrilled to be the anchor tenant and to showcase the benefits Bankwest Stadium will have on Parramatta’s economy when we play our first game at the stadium on April 22.

“With the refurbished Parramatta Leagues Club located adjacent to the Stadium, we look forward to putting on a spectacular game day experience for our Members and fans,” Mr Gurr said.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said, “The Wanderers arrival in Parramatta coincided with an economic boom that will positively impact Western Sydney for many years to come.

The infrastructure and development exemplified by Bankwest Stadium will continue to drive this thriving economy and platform for social engagement,” Mr Tsatsimas said.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said Bankwest Stadium would finally give Sydney a genuine world-class rectangular venue.

“We are looking forward to seeing the Qantas Wallabies take on Samoa in the first Rugby Test match at the venue on September 7.

“Rugby fans will have the opportunity to experience a stadium that is purpose-built for our game and is designed to create an atmosphere that will ensure the Wallabies get a fitting send-off before they embark on their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan,” Ms Castle said.

Venues NSW CEO Paul Doorn said, “Bankwest Stadium is truly `The People’s Stadium’ – a stadium for everyone. Whether for sport, entertainment, business, community or cultural events, Bankwest Stadium is a unique facility that every person in NSW can access and enjoy.

“This stadium will quickly become part of the fabric of booming Western Sydney and a centre of celebration in our community,” Mr Doorn said.

Allocation Exhausted for Wednesday Night Lights

Allocation Exhausted for Wednesday Night Lights

Julian Keith

The rush to experience events at Bankwest Stadium continues with all casual tickets for Wednesday Night Lights now exhausted.

A crowd in excess of 10,000 people is on the way for the Wednesday night event that will feature a Stadium light show in conjunction with an Eels training session and meet-the-players opportunity.

Parramatta Eels Members are entitled to access the venue by scanning in on their 2019 Member Cards.

Bankwest Stadium opened to the public on Sunday when more than 30,000 people walked through the turnstiles for the Community Open Day.

Wednesday Night Lights is a test event for the venue in the lead-up to the historic sold-out first sporting event featuring the Eels against Wests Tigers on Easter Monday and it will be the first time fans get to experience the Stadium’s fully integrated lighting technology.

The Stadium will be bathed in blue and gold as the Eels undertake an important training session before the Easter Monday clash.

Key Timings

  • 5:30pm: Gates Open
  • 6:00pm: Stadium Light Show
  • 6:30pm: Eels Training Session Commences
  • 7:30pm: Eels Training Session Concludes
  • 7:45pm: Player Autograph Session

Fans to Feast on Affordable Food and Beverage Range at Bankwest Stadium

Fans to Feast on Affordable Range of Food and Beverages at Bankwest Stadium

  • Fans will pay less than $5 for seven key footy fare staples at Bankwest Stadium;
  • The footy staples will be complemented by an exciting range of meals inspired by the diverse Western Sydney community;
  • Bankwest Stadium opened to the public for the first time on Sunday 14 April, with more than 30,000 fans attending the Community Open Day.

Julian Keith

The new Bankwest Stadium will feature a range of value-based affordable food and beverage offerings that will help make a day at the footy more affordable for fans and their families.

Bankwest Stadium opened its doors for the first time on Sunday 14 April, with more than 30,000 fans attending a Community Open Day.

The Wednesday Night Lights event from 6.30pm Wednesday 17 April will double as a test event for the Stadium while featuring a light show, Parramatta Eels training session and a meet-the-players opportunity. Every fan will be entitled to a complimentary drink on entering Bankwest Stadium.

The historic first sporting event will be Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers on Easter Monday 22 April – an event that is already a sell-out.

Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said today the stadium team had worked closely with Venues NSW, the government agency that oversees the venue, and the sporting clubs that use it to ensure fans get value for money when they enjoy food and beverages at the Stadium.

“Bankwest Stadium was built for the fans and ultimately what we are trying to do is make a day or night at the footy more affordable,” Mr Kerry said.

“This Stadium will offer an unparalleled event experience with fans closer to the action than ever before, and we are doing everything we can to encourage people to leave their lounge rooms and get out to the footy.

“We are confident fans will feel they are getting good value for their money when they buy food and beverages at Bankwest Stadium.”

Fans will pay less than $5 for seven of the key footy fare staples at Bankwest Stadium:

  • Vili’s beef pie (160g): $4.90
  • Classic hot dog: $4.90
  • Regular hot chips (12oz): $4.90
  • Vili’s sausage roll (110g): $4.50
  • Regular coffee (8oz): $3.90
  • Coca-Cola original (600ml): $4.90
  • Mount Franklin water (600ml): $4.30

Mr Kerry said food and beverage prices were generally up to 20 per cent lower than normal in the public areas. He said families and fans would also be able to bring their own food and non-alcoholic, non-glass bottled drinks from home.

Bankwest Stadium General Manager of Catering, Andreas Breitfuss, said Bankwest Stadium’s 14 permanent affordable food and beverage outlets and 13 mobile kiosks in the public areas would carry all the game-day food staples that fans enjoy at the footy. Outlets will also feature a range of food and beverage items that reflect the diversity of Western Sydney and considers the changing tastes of consumers across NSW.

“There will be an exciting range of food options that highlights the flavours of local operators in the community, promotes local providores, and showcases NSW growers, producers and winemakers,” Mr Breitfuss said.

“We like to call these our High Street foods – meals inspired by the diversity of the local food community in Parramatta and Western Sydney.”

Aside from the affordable food, the more substantial meals that will be sold at the retail outlets at Bankwest Stadium are:

  • Hokkien Noodle Stiryfry with Chicken, Asian Vegetables and Toasted Sesame;
  • Angus Beef Burger with Cheese;
  • Roasted Spicy Buffalo Wings with Ranch Dressing;
  • Salt and Pepper Squid with Chips, Lemon and Aioli;
  • Two-Foot Long Hot Dog with Tomato Ketchup and Mustard;
  • Western Sydney BBQ Pulled Pork Roll with Coleslaw.

Cups of beer (425ml) have been priced as follows:

  • Light beer – $6.50
  • Australian lager – $7.20
  • Imported beer – $8.50

*Mid-strength beer served in the public areas.

**The Stadium is working with home clubs on the provision of an exclusive Members’ bar.

Bankwest Stadium will feature 3000 corporate seats, two Premium Terraces and Australia’s first dedicated Field Club in a rectangular stadium.

Host clubs will be able to entertain sponsors and/or Members on the Premium Terraces, while the Field Club will be an exclusive offering where guests will be able to watch players enter and exit the field of play while viewing the game at ground level.

Corporate clients will enjoy premium food and beverages – again promoting local providores and showcasing NSW growers, producers and winemakers.

30,000 fans on the way for the opening of the new Bankwest Stadium

30,000 fans on the way for the opening of the new Bankwest Stadium

  • Bankwest Stadium Community Open Day is Sunday 14 April;
  • Tickets to the Open Day are FREE and include public transport to and from Parramatta;
  • Fans need to redeem a ticket via Ticketek:;
  • The ticket allocation for the 11am session is already fully exhausted;

Julian Keith

The stage is set for a grand opening of Bankwest Stadium, with almost 30,000 people having already redeemed tickets to see inside the new home of sport and entertainment in Western Sydney.

Tickets to the Bankwest Stadium Community Open Day are free and include public transport to and from Parramatta, with fans only needing to choose a session time and redeem a ticket via Ticketek.

The one-hour sessions inside the Stadium commence at 9:30am and continue through the day.

The ticket allocation for the 11am session is already fully exhausted, with all 8000 tickets snapped up by fans itching to experience the new Stadium.

Tickets are still available for all other sessions at the Community Open Day:

  • 9:30am
  • 11:00am (ticket allocation exhausted)
  • 12:30pm
  • 2:00pm

Club legends, mascots and available players from home clubs the Parramatta Eels, Western Sydney Wanderers, Wests Tigers and NSW Waratahs will all be part of the Open Day as Members and fans see the Stadium for the first time.

NSW Minister for Sport John Sidoti today encouraged fans to come out and enjoy the Community Open Day on Sunday.

“This Stadium will be a game-changer for sport in NSW and indeed will be a facility for everyone in our community, with the venue to host a range of sport, entertainment, business and cultural events each year,” he said.

“The Community Open Day is an opportunity for the public to see this magnificent new Stadium and the facilities that it will provide for the public, as well as our sporting codes and clubs.”

Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said there were still plenty of free tickets available for the Open Day.

“This Stadium is unashamedly for the fans and you can gauge the level of excitement in the community by the number of people who have already locked in their tickets for Open Day,” Mr Kerry said.

“Ticket-holders will see how much closer to the action they will be and get to mingle with representatives from the clubs and codes that will call the Stadium home in 2019.

“Open Day is also about the fans helping us test their Stadium before the big events start in 2019.”

Bankwest Executive General Manager Customer Experience, Andrew Chanmugam said he was looking forward to seeing the local community enjoying the benefits of the new stadium in the heart of Western Sydney.

“Bankwest Stadium is positioned at the core of the one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions and reflects our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers in Sydney and across NSW.”

Inside the Stadium on Sunday, ticket-holders will be able to loop around the Level 1 Concourse, find their seats for upcoming events, and experience the steep grandstands and other unique design aspects of Bankwest Stadium.

As they move through the Stadium, fans will also be able to explore Australia’s first Field Club and the warm-up rooms, and get side-of-field to experience what it’s like to be at pitch level.

More than 30 sport and entertainment events have already been locked in at Bankwest Stadium for this year and early 2020, with more to be announced.

The historic first sporting event – an Easter Monday NRL blockbuster between Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers – will be a 30,000-seat sell-out event.

The Stadium will also host a range of business, cultural and community events and activities.

Minister’s Release: Bankwest Stadium to host free Community Open Day on Sunday 14 April

Minister’s Release: Bankwest Stadium to host free Community Open Day on 14 April

From the Office of the Hon. Stuart Ayres

Fans will get their first look at the brand new Bankwest Stadium on Sunday April 14 as the world-class sporting facility opens its doors to the community.

NSW Minister for Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said today that more than 30,000 tickets will be available and patrons will be able to choose from one of four sessions to tour the Stadium.

“Ticket-holders will be able to experience Bankwest Stadium for the first time and see what a game-changer this stadium is going to be for sport and entertainment in Western Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.

“We are inviting people to come out and enjoy a special day. It will be the first opportunity for fans to see inside the Stadium and to experience first-hand how close to the action they will be.”

Bankwest Stadium, located on O’Connell Street, Parramatta, is well serviced by public transport, and by regular bus, train and ferry services. It is a short walk from the Parramatta CBD, 15 minutes from Parramatta Station, and even less from Parramatta Wharf.

Minister Ayres confirmed that all tickets to the Community Open Day will include public transport to and from Parramatta.

“The Community Open Day has been designed so that everyone has the opportunity to see and experience this game-changer for sport in Western Sydney,” he said.

“Bankwest Stadium is the new home of sport and entertainment in Western Sydney and will become the ‘must do’ location for community activities, corporate and special events.”

Stadium management will use the Community Open Day to test everything inside the venue before the big events start in 2019.

Twenty one sport and entertainment events have already been confirmed for Bankwest Stadium this year, with more events soon to be announced.

The opening sporting event will be the Round 6 NRL clash between Western Sydney rivals the Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers on Easter Monday 22 April.

The NSW Waratahs will play the first of three Super Rugby games at Bankwest Stadium against the Sharks on Saturday 27 April.

Wests Tigers will play four home games at the venue, with their first against the Raiders on Friday 7 June.

The Western Sydney Wanderers will play their first game against English club Leeds United on Saturday 20 July.

Tickets to Bankwest Stadium Community Open Day available from 1pm Wednesday 27 February at:

Fast Facts:

  • The new Bankwest Stadium at Parramatta will officially open with a Community Day on Sunday 14 April that will be free to all fans.
  • Fans only need to redeem a ticket and choose a session to attend.
  • Tickets can be redeemed at from 1pm Wednesday 27 February.
  • All tickets to the Bankwest Stadium Community Open Day will include public transport to and from the event.
  • The confirmed session times for Bankwest Stadium Community Open Day are 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

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