The Berejiklian Government’s $2.3 billion stadiums strategy is in complete disarray and NSW footy fans and families will be the ones who will pay the price with higher ticket prices and more expensive food and drinks.

Yesterday the Parramatta Eels said they would not be playing at the new Parramatta Stadium because the State Government was charging them too much.

Today NSW Labor can reveal that the Liberal State Government is charging the Eels triple what they paid at the old Parramatta stadium – rising from $70,000 a game to $210,000.

Other footy clubs are facing similar increases in charges by the State Government, meaning that clubs will have no choice but to pass those costs onto fans.

The Premier and her Sports Minister Stuart Ayres have been unable to lock in the clubs at their stadiums and now we know why – because the teams and their fans face being gouged by the Liberal Government.

Families will be slugged twice – picking up the $2.3 billion bill for the knockdown and rebuild of the stadiums, and subsequently for higher entry tickets to games, and more expensive food and drinks once inside.

NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley said these latest revelations show that the Premier and her Sports Minister have totally botched their stadiums strategy: the Premier should now immediately cease her plans to send in the wrecking ball and let the people vote on the issue in the March state election.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley  

“The Premier’s stadiums strategy is in utter disarray. She doesn’t have any clubs to play in her brand new stadiums because they can’t afford it. 

“If the clubs are being gouged by the Liberal Government then they will have no choice other than to pass on those costs to footy fans. When the price of footy tickets, pies and drinks skyrockets then you will have Gladys Berejiklian to blame.” 

“Let the people vote in March on whether they want these billions spent on schools and hospitals or on a new stadium at Moore Park.

“The Government should pause the demolition until the millions of people in this State get to vote on what the priorities of a NSW Government should be.”