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Old November 2nd, 2019, 05:19 AM   #541
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Some progress shots of the upgrade of Ken Rosewall Arena here.

Will be the main venue for the inaugural ATP Cup in January 2020
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Old November 24th, 2019, 02:13 PM   #542
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There must surely be an announcement soon regarding the rebuilding of Allianz Stadium.
It is sitting there, demolished, and idle.
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Old November 25th, 2019, 02:45 AM   #543
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Meanwhile on the suburban front, a DA was formerly lodged recently with Northern Beaches Council, for the much anticipated Centre of Excellence and adjoining 3,000 seat grandstand on the site of the Family (northern) Hill at Brookvale Oval, aka Lottoland.

Work on the stand/CoE is due to start before the end of next season.
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Old December 24th, 2019, 03:45 PM   #544
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A strong Sydney summer of sport kicks up a gear on Boxing Day with the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Over 150 yachts are entered in the race, and this year will mark the event's 75th edition.

The ATP Cup debuts at Ken Rosewall Arena on Friday 3 January 2020. The tournament will be one of the biggest outside the Grand Slams, with $US15 million in total prizemoney and the maximum number of ranking points on offer worth slightly more than a Grand Slam semi-final. The tournament is valuable enough that Ken Rosewall Arena has been weather-proofed and all 10,500 seats will be replaced. Sydney hosts two groups in the round robin stage and will be the exclusive host of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Across town at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the annual New Year's Test also kicks off on Friday 3 January 2020. Australia hosts trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand this year. The SCG Trust is already advising that the first day is expected to be a capacity crowd, and Sydneysiders always turn out in strong numbers in support of the Jane McGrath Foundation on Day 3.

The HSBC Sydney 7s move to a new home, BankWest Stadium in Parramatta, and will take place on Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February 2020. This will, 28 national teams will compete in the men's and women's competitions.
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Old January 1st, 2020, 03:07 AM   #545
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https://www.austadiums.com/news/news.php?id=726

Ken Rosewall Arena roof unveiled
Austadiums | Monday 30th December 2019



The new-look Ken Rosewall Arena, featuring its new canopy roof, has officially been unveiled, ahead of the ATP Cup Sydney which commences on Friday.

The 10,500-seat main arena at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre has undergone a significant redevelopment since the final Sydney International tournament was held at the venue in January 2019.

Not only will it be the home of the final of the new ATP Cup, but it’ll also become of the new home of netball in New South Wales, with the state’s two Super Netball sides (NSW Swifts & Giants Netball) set to call Ken Rosewall Arena home from 2020 onwards.

The all-weather canopy roof is the centrepiece of the $50.5m transformation of the arena, which has also seen new seating, lights, videoboards and sound system installed, as well as a new floor to allow for netball. The venue also has a fresh new logo and signage to compliment the upgrade.

The striking new roof is an innovative cable-tension and PTFE fabric design, a first for stadia in Australia, designed by Cox Architecture in conjunction with Arup. Project construction was delivered by AW Edwards with sporting shade specialist Fabritecture.



The Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre (originally known as the Sydney International Tennis Centre) opened in 1999 ahead of the Sydney Olympics, where it hosted the tennis tournament.

Australian tennis great Ken Rosewall was on hand for the official unveiling of the roof at the venue named after him, ahead of the new ATP Cup which commences around the country on Friday.

Preliminary rounds will be played in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, with the finals held at the new-look Sydney venue. It’s part of a new-look summer of tennis in Australia, which also includes the new Adelaide International to be played at a new-look Memorial Drive which also features a new roof. The Australian Open commences on January 20 at Melbourne Park.



The first Super Netball match will be played at Ken Rosewall Arena on Sunday, May 3, when the NSW Swifts host the Sunshine Coast Lightning in round one of the 2020 competition.
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Old January 1st, 2020, 07:40 AM   #546
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External facade is a little underwhelming. I am surprised they didn't retain the same colour as before; would have looked much better. However, I can see that they wanted light to pass through so might have used similar material to one used for Bankwest Stadium. Looks great from inside though.
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Old January 2nd, 2020, 04:09 PM   #547
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A few years ago, the NSW Government wanted to build a 15,000 seat indoor stadium near the Sydney CBD for tennis, basketball and netball at an estimated cost of $150 million (inevitably it would have cost more).

Since then, the owners of Qudos Bank Arena bought the Sydney Kings, so it is unlikely that regular basketball content would be played in a new indoor stadium near the Sydney CBD, leaving tennis and netball.

As such, putting a roof on Ken Rosewall Arena is a very sensible investment in sporting stadia infrastructure by the NSW Government. It has cost less than a third of what a new 15,000 seat indoor stadium would have cost, and it has transformed a significantly underutilised asset.

Where once Ken Rosewall Arena held one tennis tournament for seven days every year, it is this year scheduled to host the 10-day ATP Cup and at least 13 games in the 2020 Super Netball season. Hopefully in the not too distant future it can also host concerts.
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114,068 spectators in attendance over the 4-day New Year's Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The last time New Zealand played a test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (1985), the 5-day attendance figure was just 38,540 spectators.

The New Year's Test was the second best attended test match of the summer:
203,472 for Australia vs New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Boxing Day Test over four days
114,068 for Australia vs New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground over four days
91,879 for Australia vs Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval over four days
65,540 for Australia vs New Zealand at Optus Stadium over four days
45,991 for Australia vs Pakistan at the Gabba over four days.

In the 2020/21 summer, Australia will host one test match against Afghanistan and four test matches against India.
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Today is the last day of round robin competition in the inaugural ATP Cup. The SMH ran an article last night saying attendances for the first four days are up in Sydney (42,787) and Brisbane (38,503) when compared with the same period for the 2019 Sydney International and Brisbane International respectively.

In contrast, attendances in Perth (35,122) are down compared with the 2019 Hopman Cup.

The Sydney crowd figures are encouraging. The Sydney round robin stage was hit by the pre-tournament withdrawal of Roger Federer and Andy Murray, leaving Sydney with just 1 top ten player vs 4 in Brisbane (plus Team Australia) and 3 in Perth. This should put Sydney in good stead to encourage organisers to push more top players for the round robin Sydney's way in 2021. It also makes a good case for extending Sydney's rights to host the knock-out stage of the tournament beyond 2021.

Tomorrow marks the commencement of the knock-out stage of the tournament known as the Final 8. All quarter finals, semi finals and the final will be played at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney. Team Australia takes on Team Great Britain during the day session. Team Russia is likely to play Team Croatia in the night session. Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are likely to play for their countries in the day and night sessions respectively on Friday.

The full schedule is available here:
https://www.atpcup.com/schedule

And you can buy tickets for the knock-out stage here:
https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/venu...304417/2680018
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The inaugural ATP Cup has concluded, and it's safe to say it was a success.

220,319 fans attended 43 ties over ten days across the three host cities; Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Sydney hosted 19 ties for an overall attendance of 111,569. I'll have to do some digging, but I think it could be the highest attendance for a tennis event ever in Sydney...perhaps only bested by the 2000 Olympic Games.

The capacity of Ken Rosewall Arena is 10,500. Last night's final at Ken Rosewall Arena between Spain (featuring World No.1 Rafael Nadal and No.9 Roberto Bautista Agut) and Serbia (featuring World No.2 Novak Djokovic) was attended by 10,223. The previous night's semi-final between Spain and Australia (which saw Alex De Minaur almost topple Nadal) was attended by 9,510. On both occasions, the crowd was electric.

This is a very strong first year for the tournament. Sydney is contracted to host the round robin and knock out stages of the competition for another two years, but it's already evident that the tournament has clearly found a good home in Sydney.

See below for some highlight videos:





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