Todd Greenberg threat to pull NRL Grand Final from Sydney
- NRL chief Todd Greenberg threatened to take the Grand Final away from Sydney
- Said league's commitment to New South Wales 'contingent' on stadium rebuild
- Controversial $2billion plan to build new stadiums under increasing pressure
Published: 01:04 EST, 5 December 2017 | Updated: 01:07 EST, 5 December 2017
Mr Greenburg said the league's commitment to New South Wales was 'contingent' on the delivery of the state government's proposal to upgrade ANZ and Allianz Stadiums.
'That means a new stadium at Homebush Bay and a new stadium at Moore Park,' he told The Daily Telegraph.
'Without the stadium agreement, we would have to do the best thing by the game and take matches interstate.
NRL chief Todd Greenberg (pictured) has threathened to take the Grand Final away from Sydney
Mr Greenburg said the league's commitment to New South Wales was 'contingent' on the delivery of the under fire proposal to upgrade ANZ and Allianz Stadiums. The new design (pictured) for ANZ stadium will pull fans in much closer to the pitch
'We would need to do the best thing for the game and that means generating more revenue from the other states which are willing to pay to host [them].'
The government's plan, announced last month, includes a new 45,000 seat arena to replace Allianz stadium at Moore Park by 2021.
A 75,000 capacity stadium would also be built by 2022 after the 17-year-old Sydney Olympic Park facility is knocked down.
But there is growing opposition for the plan, with the governments' political opponents and sports fans in general voicing their disapproval.
The government's plan, announced last month, includes a new 45,000 seat arena to replace Allianz stadium. An artist's impression of the proposed rebuild is pictured
'Without the stadium agreement, we would have to do the best thing by the game and take matches interstate,' Mr Greenberg said
NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley on Tuesday labelled the new spending proposed by the coalition government a 'monumental waste of taxpayer dollars'.
Greens sports spokesman Justin Field said: 'The revelation the $2 billion cost is almost half of what was spent on all of the 2000 Olympics infrastructure show it's a terrible deal for the NSW taxpayer.'
Meanwhile, an online petition protesting the plan has been signed by more people than the proposed new Olympic Stadium could hold.
The petition, which was launched at the weekend, recommends $1 billion instead be spent improving grassroots facilities in communities across the state.
As of Tuesday afternoon it had been signed just under 120,000 times.
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition against demolishing and rebuilding two Sydney stadiums at a cost of $2billion
The overhaul will involve the ANZ Stadium being substantially demolished and rebuilt from 2019. That will follow a similar rebuilding of Moore Park's Allianz Stadium (pictured) in 2018