Sydney Showgrounds (Spotless Stadium)

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Jon Ralph reporting tonight on fox that GWS have today unveiled a plan to upgrade spotless to 30,000, following a similar model to Geelong in terms of upgrading it bit by bit, though a quick scan of the GWS website and a google news search suggests that there has been no such announcement. He also wrote the following on the HS website:

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/gws/lachie-whitfield-nears-return-from-ban-set-to-stay-with-gws-giants/news-story/a0a7c84571f6e7f5d3dd55ffd101ad63

The Giants will soon return to their Spotless Stadium home after several games at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

GWS chief executive David Matthews said the club was keen to increase its capacity from 25,000 to 30,000 in coming years.

The ground is also shared with the Western Sydney Wanderers while their oval is developed and used by BBL team Sydney Thunder.

“In a short space of time we are going to be needing to upgrade Spotless and get a bigger capacity there,’’ he said.

“It is 25,000 capacity and the next stage would go to 30,000. We have 2.2 million people in western Sydney and we are planning around the Geelong model.

“We are keeping an interest in how Geelong has added seasons to Simonds Stadium.”

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It will be interesting to see how soon this gets off the ground, and if they can actually get the funding given that the recent plan for funding stadiums from the (state?) government didn't include it.
 

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Jon Ralph reporting tonight on fox that GWS have today unveiled a plan to upgrade spotless to 30,000, following a similar model to Geelong in terms of upgrading it bit by bit, though a quick scan of the GWS website and a google news search suggests that there has been no such announcement. He also wrote the following on the HS website:

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/gws/lachie-whitfield-nears-return-from-ban-set-to-stay-with-gws-giants/news-story/a0a7c84571f6e7f5d3dd55ffd101ad63

The Giants will soon return to their Spotless Stadium home after several games at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

GWS chief executive David Matthews said the club was keen to increase its capacity from 25,000 to 30,000 in coming years.

The ground is also shared with the Western Sydney Wanderers while their oval is developed and used by BBL team Sydney Thunder.

“In a short space of time we are going to be needing to upgrade Spotless and get a bigger capacity there,’’ he said.

“It is 25,000 capacity and the next stage would go to 30,000. We have 2.2 million people in western Sydney and we are planning around the Geelong model.

“We are keeping an interest in how Geelong has added seasons to Simonds Stadium.”

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It will be interesting to see how soon this gets off the ground, and if they can actually get the funding given that the recent plan for funding stadiums from the (state?) government didn't include it.
Interesting. Gauarantees a mostly full stadium to most games by slowly revamping but wouldn't it also be cheaper to just expand to 35,000?
 

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Do they have any of the "temporary" seats (over the dirt track) in use for BBL? Straight they'd be out to aid the length of the ground but what about at midwicket?
 

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Sorry, when did GWS start filling their stadium enough to warrant more seats? I can understand why plans would be in place if lack of seats becomes an issue, but that's not even close to happening now.
 

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Sorry, when did GWS start filling their stadium enough to warrant more seats? I can understand why plans would be in place if lack of seats becomes an issue, but that's not even close to happening now.
Its a matter for finals and derbies as we dont want to play them at the scg.
Plus the thunder sell theirs well and other events pull a crowd.





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Rob

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Its a matter for finals and derbies as we dont want to play them at the scg.
Plus the thunder sell theirs well and other events pull a crowd.
More seats though means more empty seats for GWS. It just doesn't seem like the sort of thing they would want at this point in time. The final against West Coast was a tad embarrassing for that reason.
 

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More seats though means more empty seats for GWS. It just doesn't seem like the sort of thing they would want at this point in time. The final against West Coast was a tad embarrassing for that reason.
And? Plenty of empty seats in other grounds during games.

Itll be full often enough for the benefit to be worthwhile.
More often than most rugby grounds.

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As someone who grew up in perth and had no exposure to league at all during 80s and 90s (and even SoO was on after midnight back then), i really only started seeing the game in the last 10 years or so. And i think its a terrible tv game (better live at stadium).
 

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As someone who grew up in perth and had no exposure to league at all during 80s and 90s (and even SoO was on after midnight back then), i really only started seeing the game in the last 10 years or so. And i think its a terrible tv game (better live at stadium).
League?? It's far better on telly than live!
 

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More seats though means more empty seats for GWS. It just doesn't seem like the sort of thing they would want at this point in time. The final against West Coast was a tad embarrassing for that reason.
The only GWS 'home' finals that would ever possibly shifted to the SCG would be games against the Swans, and preliminary finals against big Victorian sides. Even then, maybe only Richmond or Collingwood.
 
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