NSW Minister for Sport, the Hon. Stuart Ayres, unveiled the NSWRL’s multi-million dollar, world-class Centre of Excellence in front of almost 200 guests including NSWRL chairman Dr George Peponis OAM, Chief Executive David Trodden and Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday 5 February.
APP was appointed to project manage the NSWRL Centre of Excellence which was completed on budget and ahead of schedule in December 2018. It sets a new benchmark for sporting facilities in Australia and will be the new home of the NSWRL, and will also house Country Rugby League, Men of League Foundation, KARI Foundation and the University of New England.
The Centre of Excellence includes a full-sized playing and training field adjacent to the building with direct access to a gymnasium, a tunnel linking the Centre of Excellence to ANZ Stadium to be used exclusively by the players on game night, change room, recovery facilities and medical treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy room, a Blues-themed café and museum.
In addition, the Centre of Excellence also includes function and hospitality space for dining and entertainment that will enable guests to watch the team train on the adjacent field, and a 60-person lecture theatre for presentations, media conferences and post-game team analysis.