After shocking footage of the grandstands collapsing at the Leichhardt Oval, calls for upgrades to some of Sydney’s local stadiums are on the rise.
Radio host Ryan ‘Fitzgerald’ Fitzgerald attended a high school rugby union game between St. Joseph’s College and Riverview on Saturday and shared a video of the ugly incident on Twitter.
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In the clip, Joeys’ player goes to try to entertain a sold-out crowd.
However, the video then shows that the weight of the fans causes the railing in front of the small grandstand to collapse, leaving many fans facing concrete several meters below.
Fitzgerald wrote: “Richert, does he think the oval needs an upgrade?”
It is unknown if any spectators were injured. Channel 9 reported paramedics were at the scene.
The collapse occurred in front of a crowd of about 15,000 and the game was stopped.
The unfortunate incident only puts more pressure on the NSW government to commit to funding upgrades to three of Sydney’s stadiums, including Leichhardt Oval, the traditional home of the Wests Tigers.
Watch the collapse in the video player above
Appeared this week Sydney are on the verge of losing in the NRL Grand Final The state government reportedly withdrew its $800 million pledge.
The deal, which was reportedly made in May, is on the brink of collapse, and ARLC chairman Peter Vlandis is said to be outraged.
The agreement includes significant upgrades to the Brookvale Oval ($100 million), Leichhardt Oval ($50 million) and Cronulla’s Shark Park ($100 million), with the Grand Final conditionally ending in Sydney for 20 years until 2042. stay in. The Olympic venues will receive an $800 million upgrade.
Those plans were scrapped during the pandemic, the NRL moved to move those funds to suburban properties, and V’landys received $250-350 million from NSW Premiers Gladys Berejiklian and Dominic Perrottet. claimed to have received verbal confirmation between $10,000.
Penrith Stadium was also included in the deal, but $300 million was reportedly paid to upgrade the ground.
“We are in delicate negotiations with the NSW government,” Mr V’landys said.
“If those negotiations fail, all options are on the table.”
Tuesday’s deadline has passed, but the two parties are still eyeing each other, with reports that Perrottet is walking away from a $250 million promise to upgrade the ground. daily telegraph.
2GB host Ben Fordham has lashed out at NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayers. resigned from the post of minister For another reason, why Penrith Stadium received the funding and no other reason.
“You’re the Minister of Sports, you’re based in Penrith, you’re a Panthers fan, and I know you’re probably the number one ticket holder.
“I mean, they got $300 million, so what about Brookvale, Shark Park, Leichhardt Oval? prize.
“Why did your home base make money on your home base and others didn’t?
“Ben, we have a long-term strategy,” said Ayers.
“We made decisions in the best interest of the public.
“We have been implementing a long-term stadium strategy since 2015. We are rebuilding Parramatta Stadium and opening a new Sydney Football Stadium.
“We are committed to building a stadium in Penrith, which reflects our three-city strategy.
“We have invested well over $1.5 billion and as part of that, we want to get a long-term commitment from the NRL for the Grand Finals.
“Covid has just hit and the flooding has had a significant impact, putting more pressure on the budget.”
The Queensland Government is now preparing to claim a spot in the NRL Grand Final for the next few years.
NRL 2022: Leichhardt Oval Grandstand Collapse Video, NSW Stadium Funding Confrontation
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