Waratahs commit to Aussie base



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The NSW Rugby Union has secured itself a $60 million windfall after completing deals to play their games at Aussie and Telstra stadiums over the next 10 years.

In what has been a major coup for the NSW Rugby Union, the Waratahs will play their homes games at Aussie Stadium next season and should they get to a final that will be played at Homebush.

Starting from 2009 one big Super 14 game will be played at Telstra Stadium and that number will be increased to two from 2011.

A significant element of the package deal is that the SCG Trust will build the Waratahs state-of-the-art training and administrative facilities at Moore Park and increase the capacity of Aussie Stadium from 42,500 to 45,000. 

“This is the biggest development in the history of NSW Rugby,” New NSWRU chairman Arvid Petersen said.

He revealed that one of the reasons the NSWRU entered into the long-term agreement was to facilitate the Trust who are building the new headquarters and boosting the stadium’s capacity.

“For that kind of capital injection the Trust needed a 10 year commitment,” he said.

The common sense decision will also appease rugby fans who feared the traditional home of rugby at Moore Park could be abandoned.

“It is a fantastic deal, which secures the future for the Waratahs and also for NSW Rugby over the next 10 years,” said Waratah coach Ewen McKenzie.

“We’ve got ourselves a home and some really good venues to play at and we can now build world-class facilities for the team. We have performed very well without a true home base, but soon we’ll have something tangible that will be the envy of other Super 14 organisations.”

“In sport you’ve got to make commercial decisions and decisions that advance the game,” he said. “If you think back 10 years, we’ve come a long way and who’s to know where we will be in 10 years.”

NSWRU CEO Fraser Neill said the most attractive Super 14 games, which they believe will get the biggest gates, are the ones moved to Telstra Stadium from 2009.

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