Plans to replace the Sydney Entertainment Centre with a 12,000-seater stadium have been scrapped in favour of an 8,000 capacity arena.

Infrastructure New South Wales (INSW) will present their plans for the new Sydney Centre site to the cabinet for approval after receiving proposals from two private consortia.

Defending the decision to downgrade the Darling Harbour venue, an INSW spokeswoman claims that Sydney already has Allphones Arena at Homebush, which seats, 13,500 for bigger concerts.

The spokeswoman said: "It is proposed the new entertainment venue at Darling Harbour will have a minimum seating capacity of 8,000 people.

"In the past decade, only a handful of events at the Entertainment Centre were for 8,000 people or more.

"While the existing Sydney Entertainment Centre has a capacity of 12,000 people in sports mode, it seats 10,000 people in concert mode.

"The reason is that the stage and viewing angles reduce seating capacity during concert mode.

"Unlike other cities, Sydney will have the benefit of two entertainment venues [Allphones Arena] of different sizes that appeal to different markets, which is a huge competitive advantage for a city. It makes sense to provide an entertainment centre that meets the needs of the most popular market segment - that is, events that cater for 8,000 or fewer people."

The spokeswoman stated bigger events would be accommodated at Allphones, and the ANZ Stadium and Sydney Football Stadium will continue to be used for the highest capacity events. 


Posted on 22/11/2012