Venues NSW is the owner, coordinator and promoter of a portfolio of publicly-owned sports and entertainment venues in NSW. It raises revenue through commercial activities such as hiring venues to sports and entertainment organisations, event ticketing, hospitality and catering sales, and through advertising, leasing, membership naming rights and sponsorship arrangements.
It is a statutory authority established in December 2020 under the Sporting Venues Authorities Amendment (Venues NSW) Act 2020, consolidating the responsibilities and operations of the former Venues NSW and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.
The Minister for Sport administers the Sporting Venues Authorities Amendment (Venues NSW) Act 2020 (‘the Act’) and the Sporting Venues Authorities Amendment Regulation 2020.
Under the Act, the NSW Government established authorities to manage land and venues for the State and specific regions of the State.
Venues NSW is governed by a Board of management charged with setting the strategic direction and has responsibility for the performance of the authority. Its brief is to take an integrated approach to the development of stadia, bringing together users, services and resources to coordinate key projects and programs as well as making partnerships between the venue, the Codes, the audiences, local businesses, NSW Government agencies and community groups.
In Sydney, Venues NSW owns the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium in Eastern Sydney, ANZ Stadium and CommBank Stadium in Western Sydney, on behalf of the NSW Government.
In the Illawarra, it owns WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres.
In the Hunter, Venues NSW owns McDonald Jones Stadium, and the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground. Venues NSW has developed A Vision for the Hunter Sports & Entertainment Precinct – a long-term plan for a sustainable, exciting sporting and entertainment precinct for Greater Newcastle.
Street address: 40-44 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, 2NSW 021