Julian Keith, Media and Communications Manager, VenuesLive NSW
The event experience is set to go up a notch at Stadium Australia with the installation of the world’s longest straight-run stadium video screen at the southern end of the venue.
Dubbed the “Great Southern Screen”, the new tech is set to revolutionise the way we engage the crowd at our events.
Work will commence this year with the screen set to be up and running in time for the 2022 NRL season and is set to be switched on by NSW Minister for Sport, the Hon. Natalie Ward MLC.
“I can’t wait to switch on the Great Southern Screen at Stadium Australia next year for the 2022 NRL season,” Minister Ward said.
“This project will create much-needed construction jobs in Western Sydney and, when it goes live, an unmatched experience for NSW sporting fans.
“The NSW Government is continuing to invest in Sydney’s mega-event venue and home of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to ensure it delivers the ultimate live experience for the people of NSW.”
At 120m long and 10m high, the Great Southern Screen will stretch across the entire Athletic Centre end of Stadium Australia. It will be the equivalent of the length of the football field.
The Stadium Australia capacity will remain above 80,000 for the biggest sporting events like NRL Grand Final, State of Origin, Bledisloe Cup, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final and football internationals.
The new screen comes as part of more than $10 million of fan-focused digital upgrades throughout the venue.
In Australia, the biggest high-definition sports video screen currently in operation is at Eagle Farm Racecourse (43.89m x 10.97m), so the Stadium Australia screen will be roughly three times bigger than the next largest video screen in the country.
It will be the longest high-definition straight-run stadium video display anywhere in the world.