Brookvale Oval could be next Bankwest


Brookvale Oval (Lottoland) could finally receive funding for a brand new stadium.

The state government's decision to scrap its planned $810 million revamp of ANZ Stadium could see the home of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles finally get the upgrade it has so desperately needed.

ARL Commission chairman Peter V'Landys has been outspoken about his desire to have three or four boutique grounds remodelled on Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium, and the government wants to divert funds to job creation projects.

"Bankwest Stadium is the best stadium to watch the game," V'landys told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"If we can get little Bankwest Stadiums in four different locations in Sydney, then they become that community's venue. That generates tribalism and it also provides so many uses for that facility."

It is understood that Lottoland, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium at Kogarah, Campbelltown Stadium and Panthers Stadium at Penrith, are the surburban bases that would benefit if funding was diverted.

The Sea Eagles' new Centre of Excellence and northern grandstand are in the final stages of planning, and would not hinder a whole new stadium build.

Manly chief executive Stephen Humphreys says the club has a "master plan" in place for a 20,000-seat stadium.

"I'm not saying we would necessarily be on the scale of Bankwest, but if you look at what it has done for Parramatta and some of the vision from games there last year... to bring that style of stadium to the Northern Beaches which has been waiting for a long time, it would transform the game day experience for the fans and give the community an asset to be really proud of."

Joe McDonough

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