Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the new 1000-seat pavilion at the Fairfield Showground will provide more than just extra seating to allow more people to experience the range of cultural and sporting events at the venue.
"It is a community facility that will support spectators, sportspeople and performers with high quality change rooms, food and drink service, meeting areas and more," he said.
"While the showground is built to the highest standards, it will cater for every level of participation, from grassroots to elite sports"
The first sod was turned to start construction on the new $10 million grandstand on Friday and will be built next to the existing Parklands grandstand, overlooking the elite turf playing field which is used by A-League team Macarthur FC for training.
The pavilion, jointly funded by the state government ($7 million) and Fairfield Council ($3 million) is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
It will include tiered seating, athlete change rooms and amenities, kitchen, bar and canteen facilities, ticket booth and community spaces.
"Fairfield Council is committed to creating great spaces right across our City to encourage families and friends to come and be active and celebrate together," Mr Carbone said.
"The transformation of Fairfield Showground will create south- west Sydney's best multicultural and sporting events precinct, and enables us to host elite and grassroots sporting events, major concerts, cultural festivals and family celebrations."
Scott Farlow, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and for COVID recovery, joined mayor Carbone and Fairfield councillors Dai Le and Sera Yilmaz to kick-off construction.
"The redeveloped Fairfield Showground will be one of the leading community sport and recreation facilities in south-west Sydney," Mr Farlow said.
"The commencement of construction on the new pavilion is an exciting milestone in a project which will provide the region with a world-class sport and recreation facility."
Acting Minister for Sport Kevin Anderson said investing in new and existing sport infrastructure is "vital" to improving people's health and wellbeing.
"This project is part of a sport infrastructure construction boom across NSW which is boosting employment and stimulating local economies," he said.