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Controversial stadium reaches its final stages

The much-anticipated and controversial Western Sydney Stadium has now reached the final stages of construction.

The $360 million stadium, which sits on the site of the former Parramatta Pool, is marked at 70 per cent complete and on schedule to be opened in April next year.

The 30,000 seat stadium is designed to allow fans to get closer to the action and enhance crowd experience with the steepest stands of any stadium in the country.

“I think it’ll really demonstrate to the sporting public and the fans exactly what they’ve been missing out on,” NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres tells Ben Fordham.

One of the major complaints around the new stadium site was the concern around the Parramatta community’s loss of the much loved War Memorial Pool.

Mr Ayres has told Ben Fordham they’d “put $30 million towards the development of a like-for-like pool”.

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The path to this new stadium has been a turbulent one, with the state government facing backlash over the initial $2-billion stadium policy and the plan to knock down and re-build Allianz stadium.

Mr Ayres has told Ben it’ll be able a three-year build to replace Allianz stadium and expects “to be decommissioning the stadium at the end of the football season” before starting “demolition at the back-end of this year”.