New South Wales Rugby Union and the Waratahs have announced an agreement with the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust that will see the NSW Waratahs play all regular season, quarter-final and semi-final matches at Allianz Stadium from 2016 onwards.
“This agreement brings significant financial investment which will invigorate rugby across all levels of the game, right across the state,” said a press release.
“Not only will this investment help grow the grassroots game; it will help ensure that the NSW Waratahs are best placed to achieve the goal of becoming a sustainable and dominant long-term force in Super Rugby.”
New South Wales Rugby Union Chairman Nick Farr-Jones said the agreement is an excellent outcome for rugby in NSW.
“The NSWRU board are extremely pleased with the outcome of this agreement and we are confident that it will provide positive outcomes for rugby right across the state – from grassroots right through to the elite,” said Farr-Jones.
“This is a landmark partnership for the NSWRU, Waratahs, the Sydney Cricket and Sport Ground Trust, and a positive outcome for everyone who follows rugby union in NSW.
“NSW Rugby and the NSW Waratahs have a long history of playing at Moore Park, and Allianz Stadium is a real landmark for rugby in this state.
“The future of this precinct is extremely exciting, and we are looking forward to being part of it for many years to come.”
The Waratahs are reportedly open to the prospect of playing a Super Rugby Final back at ANZ Stadium, should they get to that stage.
Allianz Stadium holds a capacity of 45,500, compared to ANZ Stadium’s 83,500.