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10 world cups in 10 years

Published 23rd July, 2018

In a win for the people of NSW – and a huge boost for jobs and tourism – the NSW Government has today announced plans to bid for 10 world cups in the next 10 years.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today launched plans to attract some of the biggest sporting events in the world to NSW over the next decade, including the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the ATP Tennis World Cup.

“We want to attract the world’s best and biggest events right here in NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The Government will appoint an advisory committee, led by the man who brought the Olympics to Sydney, Rod McGeoch, to secure the world’s best sporting events.

“The benefits are not just for sports fans being able to see the best in the world, but for jobs and the economy as well – the 10 major events would inject at least $1 billion into the economy in visitor spend alone,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the plans build on the Government’s commitment to ensure that NSW secures premium international events across the State over the next decade.

“Investing in renewing our sporting infrastructure puts us in a position to attract a wide range of events to satisfy all sport enthusiasts,” he said.  

“This about putting the best sports and the best events in the best facilities and keeping Sydney the number one choice in Australia for sports fans,” he said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said women’s sport is a major focus, with NSW bidding for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Netball World Cup and Women’s Rugby World Cup here.

“Major events drive the tourism economy, and we will be bringing sports fans from around the world to NSW, which will be a massive boost for our hotels, restaurants, bars and tourism operators,” he said.

Mr McGeoch will be supported by Destination NSW and the Office of Sport in bidding for major events.

“Sydney came alive during the 2000 Olympics. We know what excitement great sport brings to our city and I am thrilled to be part of this pursuit of 10 world cups,” he said.

EventYearEstimated total visitor spend
Rugby League Nines World Cup 2019 $11M
Men’s ICC World T20 2020 $46M
Women’s ICC World T20 2020
ATP Tennis World Team Cup 2020-2030 $167M
Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 $23M
UCI Road World Cycling Championships 2022 $94M
FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 $21M
Men's Rugby World Cup 2027 $578M
Netball World Cup 2027 $31M
Rugby League World Cup 2029 $21M
Total   $1B
Published 23rd July, 2018
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