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Could have been at Barangaroo site

A Packer stadium, NRL

by LittleIrishman

James Packer, including his passed-on father Kerry, have and still have contact and influence in the National Rugby League (NRL), and a linked Packer-derived sports stadium would have been huge.

The Packer family, with Kerry, James, and others, are one of the richest billionaire people in Australia and worldwide.

James Packer, and his current powerful Crown Casinos, already support NRL teams, South Sydney Rabbitohs, and Melbourne Storm.

The current Barangaroo Packer casino site could very well have been a single NRL and/or general sports stadium, or a combined Packer casino too.

Barangaroo has a very strong central place in the city of Sydney, next to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and Circular Quay.

In addition to this hypothetical Packer stadium placed here would provide solid impact for tourism in Sydney, NSW, even Australia.

With such a stadium, Packer could very well have provided sponsorship and/or considerable money to the whole NRL, and certain teams as well. This would have really stamped Packer's association with and influence on the NRL.

This Packer stadium idea relates back all those years to Kerry Packer and his One Day international cricket, which not only transformed cricket, but also worldwide sports.

The only problem, if the stadium was combined with Packer's Crown casino chain, is the direct and indirect impact of gambling, not just on NRL players and other sportspeople, but also the general public.

However, indirectly speaking, but still a very important point that may affect the Barangaroo site, is that James Packer has sold almost half his stake of Crown Resorts, priced at $1.76 billion. It was sold to large Hong Kong-based company, Melco Resorts & Entertainment in Macau and China.

Bibliography
- Masters, Roy. (February 23, 2021) 'Alternative history: How the Barangaroo casino could have been a stadium,' Sydney Morning News (SMH), NRL 2021
-Personal Experiences:
I have viewed the Barangaroo site from the opposite side, whilst visiting the area at the end of Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney.
- Toscano, Nick. & Bonyhady, Nick. (May 30, 2019) 'Packer's sales of $1.76 b stake in Crown Resorts puts spotlight on Barangaroo pledge,' Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), Gaming & Wagering


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