WANDERERS AND EELS GET STADIUM BOOST

The Parramatta Stadium's capacity is set to be increased to around 25,000 by 2015 as part of a $29 million upgrade.

The venue, home to the A-League's newest side Western Sydney Wanderers and NRL club Parramatta Eels, currently holds 20,000 but new Federal Sport Minister Don Farrell has announced the government will commit $20 million towards the project.

In addition to increasing the capacity, the redevelopment will include improving the changing rooms and hospitality facilities and the lengthening of the adjacent 70-metre training area to a full-sized field.

Football Federation Australia chief executive, David Gallop, said: "This is a significant moment in the phenomenal journey of the Wanderers. Only one season in the competition and they have sold out this stadium three times.

"The fans got behind the club and became part of the most sensational atmosphere that you'll see in Australian sport and they are being rewarded with a stadium upgrade."

Posted on 02/07/2013