2015 Stadium Technical Requirements
I write to communicate an amendment to the Stadium Technical Requirements ahead of the 2015 football season.
At their meeting on 1 May 2014 the Football NSW Board approved an amendment to the 2015 Stadium Technical Requirements relating specifically to stadium seating. Attached as Annexure 1 is a table outing the amendment to the requirement.
In approving the change to the requirement, the board considered;
- A review of the downwards trend in attendance at National Premier League NSW Men’s 1 first grade matches, dropping from an average in 2012 of 525 spectators to 297 in 2013 (against a minimum seating standard of 1,500 seats)
- The significant current non-compliance to the requirements, with only 7 of the 12 NPL1 and 4 of the 12 NPL2 clubs meeting the criteria relevant to their respective leagues
- The 2014 seating criteria created an artificial ceiling that obstructs promotion and relegation in senior football
- Local Councils, who are the primary funding source for venue redevelopment, reluctance to invest in grandstand seating that is in the most part left vacant
- Communicating a position to the football clubs, with advance notice to the 2015 season commencing, to allow decisions on facility funding to be made that results in investment to key football areas (i.e. quality of playing surfaces and floodlighting) rather than extensions to spectator seating that is surplus to attendance
As the amendments apply specifically to the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s 1 and 2 competitions, the topic was tabled for discussion by the Men’s Premier Competitions Standing Committee. The recommendation from the Standing Committee was for the proposed amendments to be recommended to the Football NSW Board.
Should you have any questions relating to the Stadium Technical Requirements please contact your relevant Competitions Coordinator in the first instance.
Head of Football