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Sydney covets Victoria's prize events
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/sydney-eyes-prize-events/2007/06/26/1182623853683.html

June 26, 2007 - 6:41AM

Victoria's Formula One and motorcycle grands prix and the Australian Open tennis are in the sights of a new major events corporation announced by the NSW Government.

Officials from Sydney have held talks with formula one supremo Bernie Ecclestone to poach the plum motor racing events, according to reports today.

NSW Premier Morris Iemma announced his $85-million major events corporation will be headed by senior rugby league official John O'Neill.

Confirming Victorian events would be targeted, a spokesman for Mr Iemma told News Ltd newspapers: "We will be competing for events right across the spectrum, regardless of where they are held, and nothing will be ruled out".

Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding accused NSW of copying his state's successful major events strategy, while Victoria's major events corporation chief, Sir Rod Eddington, said the market for big events just became tighter.

"We are in competition for major events, not just from NSW but from a range of places."

He said Singapore was keen to take over Melbourne's Formula One Grand Prix after Melbourne's contract expires in 2010.

Mr O'Neill, the former Australian Rugby Union managing director who steered rugby through its golden era in Australia, was a "substantial player" in major events whose appointment showed how serious the NSW Government was taking its new major events push.
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A few things:
- if Sydney wants any of our events, we surely wont give up without a fight
- it is pretty extraordinary that they have stated that they want the Australian Open Tennis, and extremely unlikely it will ever happen given the infrastructure and history of the tournament in Melbourne
- the fact that Sydney has set up a major events committee like this (after Melbourne) and have stated that they would like to poach Melbourne's events is a testament to the fact that Melbourne really is the 'event capital'
 

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NSW could never have the passion or the turnouts that melbourne acheivs, even if we (melbourne) are lacking for F1 crowds. For real, Sydney, an NRL city, have loads of teams, but struggle to get good crouds, when the Swans get 65,000 to a game against an interstate club. Melbourne shouldnt lose the events, Sydney would lose interest after 1 year of them and they will be begging Melbourne to take them back because it will end up costing the NSW government if they have no turnout!!!!
 

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From the Australian:

Plan to steal Grand Prix
Article from: Herald-Sun
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21967495-2862,00.html

Ellen Whinnett, state politics reporter
June 26, 2007 12:00am

SYDNEY raiders have set their sights on grabbing the Australian Open tennis and the Formula One and motorcycle grands prix.
They have already held talks with Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone.

Also part of NSW Premier Morris Iemma's $85 million major events blueprint are rugby union's Bledisloe Cup, rugby league's State of Origin, and international soccer friendly matches.

Mr Iemma's new major events corporation, modelled on Victoria's, will chaired by senior rugby league official John O'Neill.

The Herald Sun has been told that Mr Ecclestone recently met Sydney officials who were trying to poach both the motorcycle and F1 grands prix.

Asked if NSW would poach Victoria's events, Mr Iemma's spokesman said: "We will be competing for events right across the spectrum, regardless of where they are held, and nothing will be ruled out."

Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding accused Sydney of copying Melbourne, while Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker warned the NSW Government it would have to act quickly to challenge Victoria.

Victoria's major events corporation chief Sir Rod Eddington said NSW's push potentially would make things harder for Victoria.

"We are in competition for major events, not just competition from NSW but from a range of places," he said.

Sir Rod revealed 20 Singaporean officials had been in Melbourne during the GP in March, and were keen to bid for the event when the GP contract expires in 2010.

"NSW's entry into this simply means the competition increases," Sir Rod said.

He described Mr O'Neill as a well-regarded, "substantial player", whose appointment as interim chairman of Sydney's major events corporation showed how serious the NSW Government was about building a reputation for major events.

"We will cope with whatever competition comes our way," Sir Rod said.

NSW lost out to Victoria on hosting golf's The Presidents Cup in 2011 and is unhappy about State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup games being played here.

The two states are likely to do battle for soccer's World Cup in 2018.

Mr Iemma said yesterday that Mr O'Neill would drive a more aggressive approach to attracting major events.

His state would get "back in the game when it comes to major events".

Melbourne built its major events reputation partly by poaching events.

The Australian Open was lured from Sydney and the GP was poached from Adelaide.

Mr Holding dismissed the challenge from NSW, saying this weekend alone people in Melbourne could attend the Bledisloe Cup, the opening of the Guggenheim and Pixar exhibitions, or the musical Miss Saigon.

"Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery," he said.

"NSW copying Victoria's major events model is an endorsement of our highly successful major events strategy.

"Victoria recognised long ago what Sydney is finally starting to realise – major events draw tourist numbers, promote the state in international markets and drive economic growth."

Peak tourism group TTF Australia urged NSW and Victoria to join in a bid for the World Cup.

"Events like the World Cup are too big for one state," managing director Christopher Brown said.

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What nerve to suggest that the Australian Open was poached from Sydney!

From Wikipedia:
"The Australian Open is now managed by Tennis Australia, formerly the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (LTAA), and was first played at the Warehouseman's Cricket Ground in St Kilda Road, Melbourne. 2006 was the 94th staging of the event (over a 101 year period due to interruption of the War years), with the tournament celebrating its Centenary in 2005.

The tournament was first played in 1905 as The Australasian Championships, became the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969. Since 1905, the Championships have been staged in five different cities as follows: Melbourne (50 times), Sydney (17 times), Adelaide (14 times), Brisbane (eight times), Perth (three times), as well as in New Zealand, (twice) in 1906 and 1912.

In 1972, it was decided to stage the Tournament in one city each year, as opposed to visiting various states across the nation, and the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club was selected due to Melbourne attracting the biggest patronage."
 

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:lol: Please. As if they could hold such events. Melbourne is clearly one of the sporting capitals of the world. Has Sydney run out of options to attract people with their one-trick pony?

Morris Iemma- "Perhaps for next years budget we could promote the Opera House and Harbour bridge?"

"Well Mr Iemma, we've been doing that for the past 30 years, i think people are getting bored now" :cheers:
 

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NSW could never have the passion or the turnouts that melbourne acheivs, even if we (melbourne) are lacking for F1 crowds. For real, Sydney, an NRL city, have loads of teams, but struggle to get good crouds, when the Swans get 65,000 to a game against an interstate club. Melbourne shouldnt lose the events, Sydney would lose interest after 1 year of them and they will be begging Melbourne to take them back because it will end up costing the NSW government if they have no turnout!!!!
perfect example on why you should earn a license to post here.

what an absolute load of illegible bollocks.

pretty funny seeing the Melbourne people shitting themselves though.
 

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They can have the F1 and bikie race as far as I'm concerned - but I'll fight to the death to retain the Aus Open! :guns1: :gunz: :horse:
 

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Kooyong was a bigger venue at the time. So it naturally attracted the biggest patronage
The largest crowd for any tennis match in Australia, was a Davis Cup match held at Sydneys White City, in temporary stands.
Sydney also holds the record for the largest Netball crowd at Acer arena.
The largest Rugby league and Rugby union crowds at the Olympic stadium.
And no one has lost interest in going to the motor racing at Bathurst.
If the events are worthy the Sydney crowds will turn out.
 

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If the events are worthy the Sydney crowds will turn out.
Exactly.

The reason the NRL crowds are so shit is because of the mergers, the relocations, ect. The traditional clubs and their fans have been fucked over time and time again.

They hold Rugby League supporters with complete and utter contempt.

It's no surprise crowds are shite.

Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding accused NSW of copying his state's successful major events strategy
Yes, because Victoria invented the major events corporation.
 

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Man the barracades, loyal Victorians!

The barbarian hordes are swarming down from the north to pillage our events!

We will fight them on the Murray. We will fight them in the Wimmera. We will fight them in the lanes and arcades. We shall never surrender!

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All you need to do is to bring all sports executives to one of Sydney towers overlooking the harbour. Governor Philip Tower or Grosvenor Place will work perfectly. While they are hypnotised by the shimmering water & Opera House, have a piece of contract under their nose and just sign *here* *here* and *here.

Da da!

Before you know it, Melbournians don't even have the time to draw their swords.
 

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All you need to do is to bring all sports executives to one of Sydney towers overlooking the harbour. Governor Philip Tower or Grosvenor Place will work perfectly. While they are hypnotised by the shimmering water & Opera House, have a piece of contract under their nose and just sign *here* *here* and *here.

Da da!

Before you know it, Melbournians don't even have the time to draw their swords.
This is exactly what the department of State and regional development used to do from offices on the top floor of Grosvenor Place.
 

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Sydney held the best Olympics ever. Homebush Olympic Park is a world class sports precinct.
I dont know if Sydney deserves the Australian open but it should have more events. cant be greedy now melbourne.must share around..
 

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New strategy! A premptive strike at the heart of their decadent homeland. All Victorians man your picks and shovels, your dynamite and excavators, we're going to Sydney and we're coming back with a bridge and an opera house or we're not coming back at all!

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Would love to see the F1's on the Gold Coast. Indy is a fantastic event, it would be even better if they were F1 cars racing around the streets of Surfers though! :)
 

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^yes. as SEQ grows and grows, i can see more and more events going north. its the place to be.;-)
 

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Ready your squadron flight commander - your target - south east Queensland. Load up the bleak bombs and give them a good old taste of Victorian gloom!

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I think the tennis open should be in Sydney. Thats just for purely obvious reasons. Otherwise there arent any events Sydney should have.

Why didnt Iemma give the whole "Sydney is the only global city" arguement, lol!!
 

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^^ Arrrgghhh! they're sending hordes of brainless zombies at us! The swine! All of our arty wanky culture has no effect on them! This leaves us but one resort, to fight fire with fire; let loose the Collingwood cheer squad!

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