Sydney take A-league to Wollongong

Sydney FC will break new ground this season by becoming the first club to host an A-League fixture in Wollongong.

The Sky Blues have announced that WIN Stadium will be the venue for their round 15 clash against the Newcastle Jets on January 3, 2015 (kick off 7.30pm).

With Allianz Stadium having its pitch re-laid, the vast south coast football community will be given the chance to witness top flight football on their doorstep for the very first time.

The news comes of the very day that the FFA announced a six-day training camp for the A-League All Stars will be based in Wollongong ahead of their glamour match-up with Italian giants, Juventus on August 10.

Wollongong has long been touted as the potential home of an A-League team, but Sydney are keen to press their case on the South Coast.

Club CEO Tony Pignata said the WIN A-League clash was an ideal opportunity to showcase the Sky Blues to its southern membership and fan base.

Last year more than 5000 Sydney members lived south of Allianz Stadium.

“This is a first for Sydney FC, a first for the Hyundai A-League and a first for Wollongong,” Pignata said.

“It’s another ground-breaking initiative from Sydney FC and will benefit a region which is a football heartland and a key area for us in terms of support.

“With Allianz Stadium out of action and so many Members living in Wollongong and south of our home ground, we believe WIN Stadium is the prime venue to host this match.”

It will be Sydney FC’s second visit to the venue within six months, with a pre-season friendly match against Wellington Phoenix arranged on September 19 (kick off 7.30pm), as the Sky Blues look to give their members and fans an early taste of what to expect come January.

“We appreciate the high level of support we receive from our southern-based supporters and believe it’s only reasonable that the team is seen by our diverse membership and fan base,” he continued.

“We also have a very close relationship with Football South Coast and our players regularly attend their schools and clinics so we’re hoping to see a big turnout.

“I’d like to thank Venues NSW and WIN Sports and Entertainment Centres for their help and support in hosting the games.”

Sydney FC Members will receive all of their usual membership benefits for a Sky Blues home match with free public transport on all trains and buses a big factor in getting everyone safely to and from Wollongong.

“It’s the first match of the New Year and it’s right in the middle of the holiday period, so I’d encourage all of our Members and fans to make a day of it and head to Wollongong to give us their backing,” Pignata added.

Members and fans with pre-purchased tickets will need to produce their membership card or ticket to be entitled to travel for free on the public trains and buses in the region on match day.

The Chair of Venues NSW, Mr John Quayle, has welcomed the opportunity to present elite level football at WIN Stadium.

“As long as these events are supported by the local community, this will be a very important part of WIN Stadium’s future, and the future of elite football at WIN Stadium,” Quayle said.

Pre-season Friendly

Friday September 19, 2014
Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Kick off – 7.30pm

Hyundai A-League Round 15 

Saturday January 3, 2015
Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Kick off – 7.30pm