Central Coast Mariners unveil new stadium deal
Under the deal the Mariners will play the majority of their home games at Central Coast Stadium for the next three seasons.
It follows an ill-fated flirtation with North Sydney, which was widely condemned by fans of the club who saw it as a push to relocate.
Club officials have sold the new deal as a clear commitment to the Central Coast by the cash-strapped A-League outfit.
“It goes without saying that a strong relationship with Gosford City Council is of high importance when it comes to ensuring the financial sustainability of the Central Coast Mariners and today’s announcement is a huge step in the right direction,” Mariners’ Executive Vice Chairman Peter Storrie said.
“Immediately we are faced with a 13 home game season at Central Coast Stadium but this stadium agreement sets up an exciting prospect for our fans and members for the next three seasons at least.”
Gosford City Council’s CEO Paul Anderson marked the agreement as a win for Central Coast residents despite the Mariners reportedly pocketing $100,000 to shift their January 8 home game against Melbourne Victory to Geelong.
“This agreement is a demonstration of Council’s commitment to make sure the Central Coast Mariners are playing as much as possible at the Central Coast’s number one sporting venue,” Anderson said.
“Thousands of Central Coast residents participate in local football, so I’m looking forward to seeing big crowds at Central Coast Stadium over the next three A-League seasons for these home games.
“I’d like to thank the Mariners for this latest commitment not only to our stadium but also to the region and its community.”