Souths to call Sydney Football Stadium from 2023 as Rabbits set to leave Australian stadium

Souths will call Sydney Football Stadium again from next season as the Bunnies leave Stadium Australia – the ground where the atmosphere will die

  • Rabbits are set to return to Sydney Football Stadium next year
  • South Sydney moved from the Moore Park site to Stadium Australia in 2005
  • The club originally committed to staying in Homebush stadiums for the long term
  • But decided to return to the east after watching the development of the new place instead
  • Sydney’s new football stadium will open later this year and will cost $828million

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will call Sydney Football Stadium home for the first time in nearly two decades from next season.

The Bunnies left the Moore Park site for Stadium Australia in 2005 to boost their membership, but are expected to return east for the 2023 NRL season, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Built on the same site that hosted Sydney Football Stadium between 1988 and 2019, the new $828million arena – set to be called Allianz Stadium – will have a capacity of 45,000 fans and is expected to open in time for the finals. of the NRL later this year.

The Rabbitohs are set to vacate the Accor Stadium next year after moving to the Olympic Park site in 2005 when they moved from Sydney’s former football stadium.

The stadium will host Sydney Roosters, Sydney Swans and NSW Warathas in the AFL and Super Rugby respectively, as well as Sydney FC of the A-League.

The Rabbitohs are now set to add their names to the list with the NRL’s blessing, according to the report.

When the club left Moore Park and moved west in 2005, they signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to stay at the Accor Stadium – as Stadium Australia is now known – for the long term.

The deal, however, was conditional on the New South Wales government committing to permanently convert the Homebush site into a rectangular stadium.

Allianz Stadium is being built on the site of Sydney's former football stadium (above)

Allianz Stadium is being built on the site of Sydney’s former football stadium (above)

A new $828 million stadium that can hold up to 45,000 spectators is due to open this year

A new $828 million stadium that can hold up to 45,000 spectators is due to open this year

The venue will serve as the new home of the Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters in the NRL

The venue will serve as the new home of the Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters in the NRL

But the state government has opted instead to earmark funds for the redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium and other suburban grounds.

“Our club have been strong supporters of investment in sports infrastructure across New South Wales, and we understand that these decisions are complex with many stakeholders and involve significant investment,” the chief executive said. of Souths, Blake Solly.

“It is time for a definitive conclusion. We want the best match day experience for our players, members, fans and business partners – which will require investment in the Accor stadium, particularly the layout, seating and facilities in the lower bowl.

The Rabbitohs ended their 43-year wait for a premiership at Stadium Australia in 2014

The Rabbitohs ended their 43-year wait for a premiership at Stadium Australia in 2014

While the move to Olympic Park was frowned upon by many Souths fans in 2005, the site will always hold special significance for the Rabbitohs as it was the scene of their Grand Final triumph in 2014.

The 30-6 win over the Bulldogs ended Souths’ 43-year wait for a premiership and the Bunnies were back on the NRL’s biggest stage five years later, losing to the Roosters of Sidney.

With Stadium Australia looking set to lose Souths, they will retain the Grand Final after NRL boss Peter V’landys and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet reached an agreement on key upgrades to the stadium last week.

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