May 17, 2010

Horse 1089 - Build the Bogandome NOW!!!

The Sydney Morning Herald reports this morning that there would be a few new stadia to be built if the Australian FIFA World Cup 2018 or 2022 bid gets up. If in the event that it doesn't succeed, then I hope that common sense wins, and they build the Bogandome anyway.

The Bogandome (the proposed West Sydney stadium, in Doonside), would be flanked by the M7, the main Western Railway line and is easily accessible from the M4 as well. Because it will be built next to the existing ex-Olympic Baseball stadiums, and the venue where the GWS AFL team already train out of, it's perfect for holding training sessions outside of the main venue anyway.

Supposing that they did built the Bogandome, then several of the key problems are already solved. Because the M7 and the M4 are both quite close, traffic should not be that much of a problem.
If they were to think properly about building the stadium, then the car parks could be strategically placed directly underneath the stadium in an arrangement like the already successful Rouse Hill Town Centre shopping complex. It has underground parking underneath the place for 3000 cars. If this was properly executed with a full multi-level situation, then I see no reason why you could fit up to 25,000 spaces in there.
Also, because it would be built next to the main Western Railway line, a fully integrated railway station could be built right into the superstructure of the venue. If this were to happen, then it would be even easier to fill and clear than even Sydney Olympic Park.

The way I see it, the Bogandome already has two clients in the wings. The GWS AFL team and the West Sydney Rovers would be looking for a venue in the Greater West to be playing out of. To be fair, the City of Blacktown already has over 500,000 people and with the surrounding districts of Campelltown, Penrith, Liverpool etc, that probably encompasses another million people at least.
To be utterly honest, both the drive from the West to either the SFS or the SCG is quite frankly a pain in the butt. If you take a train you can expect to take roughly an hour to get there as well. Isn't it about time that someone was forward thinking and actually gave the people of the West their own home for sport?

Even if the FIFA World Cup bid fails, building the Bogandome would create a lot of jobs. Builders, concreters, plumbers, electricians... people running the stadium, caterers etc etc etc.
It would be an investment in the future of Western Sydney, one that's sorely needed.


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