Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis has warned he’ll move the NRL club to ANZ Stadium permanently if an $800 million plan to rebuild Allianz Stadium goes ahead.
Politis told The Australian newspaper he fears the Roosters could even go out of business if they are forced to leave their home ground for the three years as the development work goes ahead.
The Roosters have been included in talks with the ARL Commission over the game’s stadium strategy, the outcome of which will play a significant role in determining how the NSW government will spend the $1.6 billion it has earmarked for venues in Sydney.
The proposal initially favoured by the NRL and state government was to rip down Allianz Stadium and start again, a move that would have forced the Roosters along with the NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC to find a new home for up to three years.
“We don’t want to be dislocated for three years, Politis said.
The only thing that matters to us as well as Sydney FC and the Waratahs because were all together on this is that if the new stadium is to be built, we will have to go somewhere for three years.
“That would destroy our club. If that happens we will go to ANZ Stadium and we will probably stay there. Souths proved it. When they moved, everybody thought it was a bad move but now most of their supporters come from the west.”