The 2019 Japan RWC figures that might justify Sydney’s stadium spend

The debate surrounding the NSW Government’s decision to spend over $2 billion dollars of taxpayer money to rebuild both Allianz Stadium at Moore Park and ANZ Stadium at Homebush has been well publicised recently but a new report on the economic benefit of the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan may shed some new light on the issue.

Rugby Australia recently announced it would bid for both the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup and the 2027 Men’s Rugby World Cup, but it’s understood both of those bids are largely reliant on the upgrade of Sydney’s two major stadiums.

According to the report, over 400,000 international fans will attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and inject more than £1.5 billion (A$2.6 billion) into the Japanese economy.

The report estimates that the Rugby World Cup will also create 25,000 jobs.

Unlike Australia’s future bids, the Japanese government were only required to upgrade their already existing infrastructure at a cost of £270 million (A$491 million), but will benefit economically again in 2020 when Tokyo hosts the summer Olympics.

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