New Bankwest Stadium external signs light up Parramatta for the first time

Julian Keith

Two giant Bankwest Stadium external signs have lit up for the first time . . . another significant milestone on the journey of the new home of sport and entertainment in Western Sydney.

The external signs, located on the eastern and northern facades of the Stadium, were installed this week and switched on by Bankwest’s Executive General Manager of Customer Experience Andrew Chanmugam ahead of the first night-time NRL game at the venue – Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers.

The external lighting of the signs will be complemented by Bankwest Stadium’s integrated lighting technology inside the venue, featuring 260 LED sports lights in the roof and 360-degree LED ribbon screens.

Bankwest was announced as naming rights partner for the Stadium in December 2018 after a seven-year partnership was sealed between the company and Venues NSW, the NSW Government agency that oversees Bankwest Stadium.

Mr Chanmugam said: “Fans attending the NRL game between Western Sydney arch-rivals the Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers tonight (23 May) will see the new external signs on Bankwest Stadium illuminated for the first time.

“Bankwest was thrilled to support this critical piece of community infrastructure in the vibrant, diverse and growing corridor of Western Sydney and seeing the Bankwest Stadium signs light up on the building for the first time will be a special moment.

“The Bankwest Stadium partnership sends a clear message to the people of Western Sydney that we’ll continue to invest in products and services that meet their needs.

“Our vision is to deliver amazing customer experiences that matter, which is strongly aligned to the vision of this stadium ‘to empower world-class fan experiences’.”

Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said the switching on of the external signs at the Stadium was another important step on the journey of bringing to life the venue that sets a new benchmark for the event experience in this country.

“Bankwest Stadium was opened to the public just a fortnight after construction was completed because we wanted to get the sporting codes, clubs and fans into the Stadium as soon as it was physically possible for us to do so,” Mr Kerry said.

“The Stadium and its precinct continue to evolve and tonight we see the new Bankwest Stadium external signage illuminated for the first time.

“This is a Stadium that has been built with the fan experience front of mind and the feedback from fans, clubs and codes has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Bankwest Stadium opened to the public with a Community Open Day on Sunday 14 April.

The Stadium has been hailed as a game-changer for sport in Western Sydney, with almost 100,000 fans and visitors already passing through the turnstiles for a series of sport, business and community events.

Hundreds of Western Sydney residents have also taken advantage of the community playground and outdoor exercise equipment on the eastern side of the Stadium, as well as the open green spaces of the Stadium precinct.