Work has officially kicked off today on the 30,000 seat Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta which will set a new standard for sports fans when it opens in 2019.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee turned the first sod after planning approval was obtained.
"Western Sydney Stadium is a win for sports fans, revolutionising the spectator experience and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy, and creating 2,000 jobs," Ms Berejiklian said.
"This stadium will be a major boost for Sydney's infrastructure and will be another venue that we can use to attract major events to NSW."
"This enormous investment is already generating flow-on benefits with $60 million in contracts awarded to Western Sydney businesses - with plenty more to come."
Mr Ayres said: "Western Sydney Stadium is first cab off the rank in the Government's stadia program. A new era of world-class sporting and entertainment facilities is just around the corner."
"Western Sydney Stadium is designed to ensure fans are closer to the action than any stadium in the country. It will offer 3,000 premium seats and a 360-degree open concourse with views of the playing field - meaning fans won't miss any of the action."
Dr Lee said it forms part of an unprecedented investment in infrastructure in the area.
"With integrated transport links and investment in local cultural facilities, Western Sydney Stadium will be an extremely inviting precinct with an open air cinema, green space, BBQ decks and kids play areas forming part of the project," Dr Lee said.
Western Sydney Stadium is on track to open in the first half of 2019.