FFA lose Allianz Stadium turf war

Dom Bossi confirms the Waratahs game before the A-League Grand Final will not be moved to another venue:

Discussions were in place to move the rugby match to North Sydney Oval amid fears the decider between Sydney’s FC and Melbourne Victory will be played on a significantly damaged pitch.

“We appreciate the efforts of Venues NSW, the Minister and the Waratahs to explore the option of moving Saturday night’s rugby match,” said FFA CEO David Gallop in a statement. “These things are always more complicated than perhaps first envisaged. The fact is our grand final deserves a world-class surface and the traffic on Allianz Stadium makes this a challenge.

Wow thanks for that, but you didn’t see it coming with Sydney’s stellar season? When did actual discussions start taking place? Yes, there was no confirmation the Grand Final would be played there until the outcome of Sydney FC v Perth Glory semi-final but surely we could’ve all got together and said “Hmm, where might the Grand Final be played? Should we check what else is on at those stadiums?”

How does the excuse of “traffic” on the pitch account for AAMI Stadium’s pristine surface? It has an NRL club, Super Rugby club and an A-League club playing on it regularly. How responsible are the ground curators for the poor quality pitch at Allianz? Why have they failed to support their number one tenants?

“We’re just getting ready to play the Blues. We’ll play them in the car park if we have to.”

Loved this comment from Waratahs’ assistant coach Nathan Grey.

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