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Amid the grandstanding, Sydney’s new stadium leaves same issues unresolved | Australia sport

Walking into Sydney’s new Allianz Stadium feels a bit like walking into an old house with new fixtures. Everything is a bit brighter and works a little better – the couch somehow feels closer to the TV and that pesky leak in the roof has stopped – but the foundations are much the same.

That isn’t all that surprising given the architectural firm that designed the old 42,500-capacity venue is the same firm that designed the new 42,500-capacity venue. But it does prompt a query: if a stadium is demolished and rebuilt to look strikingly similar, was it rebuilt at all? If the New South Wales government had not spent $828m on it, could we say it had really happened?

At Sunday’s official opening the premier, Dominic Perrottet, called the political pawn that is the new Allianz “a world-class stadium for our world-class people”. It is almost impossible to argue the new structure…

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