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Naming rights offer: from Orana Park and Campbelltown Stadium to?

It started out as a small playing field across from the railway line near Leumeah called Alf Duguid Oval.

When big rugby league came to town with the Western Suburbs Magpies in 1987 the name for the entire site, Orana Park, took prominence.

It became Campbelltown Sports Stadium when it was redeveloped twice using Campbelltown Council ratepayers’ money and some funding from the state government.

Now with a full time tenant in Macarthur FC about to use this great facility from August 2020, it could also be named after a company willing to part with what is believed up to $500,000 a year.

Campbelltown Council last week approved a plan to call for expressions of interests from business for a naming rights sponsor for the Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

According to the motion passed last week, once expressions of interest are in a report will be prepared for councillors to make a decision.

Mayor George Brticevic says that in an ideal world he would love to see a local company name adorn the gates to Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

“But we can only speculate at this stage because we don’t know who will express an interest in the making rights,’’ he told the South West Voice in Macarthur a few minutes ago.

“We will wait to see the report and of course if some local companies are in the mix we would love to think one of them ends up with the naming rights to our wonderful stadium,’’ he said.

Cr Brticevic said the council had included some rules with the expressions of interest bids, making it clear that some industries, such as tobacco, were not welcome to have their names up at the stadium.

“We won’t accept any liquor or gambling businesses as the name,’’ he said.

Cr Brticevic said it had not been discussed as yet but he also hoped that consideration may be given, if commercially possible, to incorporating “Campbelltown’’ in the new name for the stadium, if only for a period of adjustment as people became familiar with the new name.

“Again, if this was possible, I would like to see something like that, but at this stage it’s all speculation because as I said we have to wait for any expression of interest bids to come back to us,’’ he said.

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