With four stadium policies announced in three years, the NSW government seems determined to rebuild Sydney’s two football venues – at a cost of $1.5bn. Why?

At the heart of the comedy of errors that has become known as the Sydney “stadium wars” lurks a deep and particular insecurity.

Sydney hosts 14 professional men’s football teams, which is a lot in anybody’s books. Its main football venues, however, are a problem: two vast, creaking stadiums nobody really likes. For most games – of rugby league, rugby union and soccer – the 83,500-seat Stadium Australia and 45,500-seat Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) don’t even fill up halfway.

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