Eels return home with NRL stadium deal

An aerial view of construction of Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Totally worth it.

That's what Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr is saying after the NRL club finally agreed to a deal to call Western Sydney Stadium home.

Gurr controversially threatened to take the Eels away from negotiations with Venues Live last week over a tenancy arrangement he labelled "unacceptable."

But ten days on and the Eels boss hailed the maximum 15-year deal that allows the club to move into their new $300 million digs.

"It's a game-changing day for our club," Gurr said on Thursday.

"We've had some robust and constructive dialogue with (stadium operator) Venues Live along the way. But at the end of the day, we achieved a great result."

Gurr was reluctant to go into detail about the contract, which will be kicked off with a stadium-opener against the Wests Tigers on Easter Monday next year.

But when asked whether making such a public stance was worth it, he said: "Yeah, totally. I think we've got where we needed to get to in the end.

"This is not about me or our board.

"It's about our club, fans and members, getting a deal that gives us No.1 financial sustainability. And this is a very important pillar in that financial sustainability.

"And No.2, the qualitative element. This is our spiritual home. Our members and fans, this is where they want to be, in this precinct."

NSW sports minister Stuart Ayres is confident there won't be similar dramas with sporting clubs when Allianz Stadium gets rebuilt.

The Moore Park venue is set to be knocked down at the end of the year.

"We'll work through a content agreements with other clubs," Ayres said.

"We've already locked in long-term content positions for the new Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park."

Gurr said it was imperative Parramatta were the team to open the stadium, which is expected to have the steepest grandstands in the country.

It is expected to hold a capacity crowd of 30,000 people.

"This is our precinct, we've been here for over 70 years," Gurr said.

"There's been great memories of the old Cumberland Oval, terrific memories of Parramatta Stadium, or Pirtek Stadium, as it was known.

"This is the next chapter, this is the evolution, this is the crown jewel."

The Eels will play nine games at their new stadium next year, with their first two home games to be played at ANZ Stadium, and their final match in Darwin.

The venue could also host a rugby league Test match during the representative window in June, as well as a possible nines tournament later in the year.

The Tigers are also scheduled to play four games at the stadium next year, and Canterbury have one.