A dream run in their first A-League season - on and off the field - has seen the Western Sydney Wanderers secure significant backing for upgrades to Parramatta Stadium
The resounding success enjoyed by Western Sydney Wanderers in their debut A-League season has been rewarded with the announcement of an AU$20 million upgrade to Parramatta Stadium.
Federal Minister for Sport Don Farrell and Member for Parramatta Julie Owens announced the upgrade on Tuesday.
It follows a dynamic maiden campaign in which the Wanderers lost to the Central Coast Mariners in the grand final, narrowly missing out on a fairytale championship victory.
The changes will involve a new concourse, food and drink outlets and upgrades to bathrooms in the Eastern Stand, 3,300 additional seats on the Northern and Southern mounds, bringing the capacity to 24,000, and improved facilities for players.
The upgrades are scheduled to be completed in 2015.
While National Rugby League franchise Parramatta Eels will also benefit from the improvements, the Wanderers were quick to claim credit for earning the government's backing.
"Many have tried in the past to secure enhanced facilities at Parramatta Stadium without success and it is a testimony to government and the Wanderers that this outcome has been achieved in the space of a few very short months," Wanderers chairman Lyall Gorman said in a statement.
"The Western Sydney Wanderers applaud the government's initiative in extending this grant and looks forward to working with it (at) all levels to ensure the ongoing enhancement of the stadium into a venue that we can all be rightly proud of and that many will benefit from for years to come."