AFL/Cricket Precinct Development

Blacktown City Council together with AFL NSW/ACT, Cricket NSW and the State Government are constructing a new AFL/Cricket Precinct at Blacktown Olympic Park. Works are now underway with the Precinct expected to be complete in June 2009.

What new facilities are to be built?

  • 2 new ovals with the main oval having a capacity for 10,000 spectators (grandstand seating for 1500) with catering and function facilities.
  • An indoor cricket practice centre
  • A practice fielding area
  • Additional car parking

What is the cost, how is it funded and how will it be operated?

  • Total cost of the project is $27.5m.
  • Capital funding from the State Government and Blacktown City Council.
  • AFL and Cricket have each paid a premium towards securing a license to use the new precinct facilities. Both sports will make the venue their ‘home’ in Western Sydney and will host grass roots sport, development academies, elite pathways and high level games.
  • The license has a term of 21 years for options for renewal.
  • Both AFL & Cricket will also contribute towards operating costs of the Precinct.

Who will own the new Stadium and Fields?

  • Blacktown City Council will own the new facilities and it will remain an asset for the Blacktown City Community.

Why AFL?

  • The AFL has seen strong results from initial work in Western Sydney, with an average of 47,215 people attending AFL Premiership matches at ANZ Stadium (then Telstra Stadium) since 2002. The stadium also played host to the biggest AFL crowd for a Premiership Match outside of Victoria, when 72,393 people watched the Sydney Swans take on Collingwood in August 2003.
  • There are currently 8 senior and 18 junior AFL clubs located in Western Sydney.
Junior Teams Senior Clubs
Blue Mountains East Coast Eagles
Emu Plains Norwest Jets
Penrith Penrith
St Clair Holroyd-Parramatta
Hawkesbury Moorebank Magpies
Quakers Hill Campbelltown
Holroyd-Parramatta Camden
Winston Hills Wollondilly
Blacktown (Rooty Hill)
South Campbelltown
Baulkham Hills
  • Through the work of the NSW AFL Development team in Western Sydney the AFL have 3,000 club participants, 10,000 primary school participants and 4,000 secondary school participants.
  • The AFL has successfully introduced two AFL Indigenous Academies for youth in Western Sydney located at Macquarie Fields and Blacktown. The Academies using youth interest in sport as the attraction, provide youth programs aimed at facilitating improved educational and healthy lifestyle outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
  • AFL has confirmed that Blacktown will be the home for the 2nd Sydney AFL Club License.

Why Cricket?

  • Cricket NSW has in the past clearly demonstrated its commitment to Western Sydney, with the SpeedBlitz Blues and NSW Breakers playing matches at Telstra Stadium (now ANZ Stadium), Bankstown Oval and Raby Oval in Campbelltown.
  • A record NSW one-day domestic crowd attended the one-day match at Telstra Stadium involving the SpeedBlitz Blues in 2003.
  • Cricket NSW has invested significant funds over the past two years on a junior recruitment campaign, targeting Western Sydney as a key area.
  • Junior numbers increased by 20% last summer, with substantial increases in the Western Suburbs of Sydney.
  • The recruitment campaign features Australian, SpeedBlitz Blues and Western Suburbs First Grade player, Michael Clarke, providing a direct link to the local community and showing the cricket pathway.
  • Cricket NSW has drawn heavily from Western Sydney in previous seasons. Player like Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, and Grant Lambert come from the region, and new contracted players including Grant Roden and Scott Coyte also hail from the Western Suburbs of Sydney.
  • Census data shows that Western Sydney players have dominated our elite under-age representative teams over the past decade.
  • Cricket NSW has earmarked ground improvements across a number of Western Sydney venues in addition to the development at Blacktown Olympic Park