St Marys Rugby League Club has capped off 2022 with the completion of $25 million in renovations at the western Sydney club. The club first opened its doors on Melbourne Cup Day in 1982 and celebrated 40 years of the community club with the opening of the new $25 million Western Foyer, Saints Event Centre and Saints Sports Bar, a significant milestone in the club’s history.
The Western Foyer and Event Centre development has been a long-term vision of the Board, St Marys Rugby League Club CEO Rod Desborough said.
“Bringing this vision to reality has been extremely satisfying and rewarding for all, and to say that the club is excited by the result is an understatement! The architect nailed the brief, and the new facilities are on par with the very best in the industry,” he told Club Management.
The brief to Bergstrom Architects, with a build by FDC, was to create a “wow” factor with a new entrance and facade, one that would create a real presence and a sense of excitement and anticipation, an American-style sports bar with a strong focus on the audio-visual presentation of all sports and a world-class event centre that offers the very best in design, comfort, fully integrated audio-visual technology, and a sophisticated ambience.
The main entrance has been reorientated with an impressive and distinctive façade while the grand foyer features LED walls with 3D cascading waterfalls and marine life.
The new Saints Sports Bar offers patrons the ability to watch every big game, race, fight or match on a massive 4.8m x 2.7m screen, a huge 3m x 1.69m screen or any of the 45 4K LED screens in the bar. It also has 18 beers on tap, signature cocktails and wine on tap, and a sports bar menu featuring all the favourites, such as pizzas, pasta, wings and sliders.
The long-awaited Saints Event Centre offers six rooms, more than 500sqm of flexible and contemporary event space with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. It is designed for multi-day conferencing and gala events and will cater to the future population boom and increasing demand for event space as major infrastructure projects are underway and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird) Airport progresses.
The additional meeting and conference space also now positions the adjoining Holiday Inn Sydney St Marys, also owned and operated by St Marys Rugby League Club.