Sydney FC Members and fans have been boosted with the announcement that the NSW Government will introduce legislation that provides an extension to on-grass parking at Moore Park whilst supplementary parking solutions are being built.
The move ensures Sydney FC’s home at Allianz Stadium is accessible to all Sky Blues fans and not just those nearby or those who have easy access to public transport.
The grass at Moore Park East has been used as a game day carpark for a century.
The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust Act currently includes deadlines for the removal of all on-grass parking in the precinct.
650 spaces have already been removed from the grass opposite Allianz Stadium on the corner of Moore Park Road and Anzac Parade known as Upper Kippax. The next – 350 spaces opposite Allianz Stadium known as Lower Kippax are slated to be removed on 31 December 2023. 1100 spaces opposite the SCG known as Showground Field will be gone from 31 December 2025.
Work is underway to develop a new carpark that will offset the removal of parking near Kippax Lake.
However, the expected carpark completion date is late 2025, two years after the current 31 December 2023 legislated deadline.
It means thousands of parking spots will disappear without alternative parking arrangements being in place to ensure no overall loss of parking in the precinct.
This significant shortage will disproportionately affect NSW residents who still need to drive to attend events at the SCG and Allianz Stadium.
This is particularly crucial for young families, the elderly, those with accessibility needs and those travelling from Western Sydney and regional NSW.
The NSW Government will bring legislative amendments that will extend the operation of Lower Kippax until the Venues NSW carpark is completed, and until a solution to offset the parking at Showground is established.
Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Adam Santo applauded the Government’s move and urged all Members of Parliament to support these legislative changes when they come before the Parliament.
“We welcome these proposed changes and it will benefit a large amount of Sydney FC families and supporters who live right across our great state,” he said.
“For many who travel to watch our Sky Blues driving is the only option and these proposals will alleviate a further headache of parking on arrival at the precinct.”