Crowe, LaPaglia in talks to build stadium


SYDNEY -- Hollywood stars Russell Crowe and Anthony LaPaglia are in talks about developing a sports stadium in Sydney to be the new home for their soccer and rugby teams.

LaPaglia, the Australian star of "Without a Trace," is a director and shareholder in Sydney FC, a soccer team in the domestic A-League. Crowe is co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League.

"He wants a stadium, I want a stadium and we think together there is a possibility we might be able to pull it off," LaPaglia told the Australian Associated Press.

LaPaglia said the talks with Crowe on building a 25,000-seater stadium had been going on for about four months but nothing had yet been decided.

"I would say if we could get the right people in the room at the same time, it is something that could happen in two to three years," said LaPaglia.

LaPaglia, who was in Sydney to announce American Express as an official sponsor of Sydney FC, said he had not yet officially raised the stadium talks with the club.

"It's not something I've really discussed with the club yet, so it will come as a bit of a surprise to them as well," he said.