Asian Cup football fan parks launched

Fans in Melbourne have the chance to experience the excitement of the biggest football tournament ever staged in Australia eight hours before tonight’s kick-off.

The Socceroos’ clash with Kuwait at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium will mark the start of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

But fans too eager to wait for the 8pm whistle can head to the interactive Football Fan Park at City Square from 12 noon.

The dome-shaped football park offers fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the spirit of the Cup, get their photos taken interactively with their favourite national team, have their faces digitally painted in their team’s colours, score the winning goal in the virtual penalty shootout and produce their best goal celebrations in the Score and Roar studio.

Football fan parks will be open from 12pm daily at the following locations:

Melbourne, Jan 9-22

City Square, 67 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Newcastle, Jan 9-30

Honeysuckle, 28 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle

Sydney, Jan 10-24

Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney

Jan 27-31

Centenary Square, 30 Darcy St, Parramatta

Brisbane, Jan 10-22

Cultural Forecourt, South Bank, Melbourne St, South Brisbane

In keeping with the cutting-edge technology of the parks, interactive tablets will be on hand for fans to secure their tickets to all AFC Asian Cup matches from January 9-31, 2015.