Western Sydney Wanderers have won the battle to host the club’s AFC Champions League Final first leg at Pirtek Stadium.
The club was under pressure to move to a larger venue but fans overwhelmingly voted in favour of staying at their home ground.
A survey of Wanderers members revealed more than 70 per cent of the nearly 3000 respondents chose the club’s iconic western Sydney fortress for the huge title decider.
The club could have attracted two to four-times the crowd at larger venues such as Olympic Park and Allianz Stadium which fans ranked second and third respectively.
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas thanked the AFC for allowing the club’s maiden AFC Champions League Final to be played at their home venue on October 25.
“Getting to this stage of the tournament has been an outstanding effort, not only from the playing group and coaching and support staff, but the whole of the Wanderers Football Club,” Tsatsimas told wanderersfc.com.au.
“Reaching the final of the biggest competition in Asia is an amazing achievement and playing at our home ground will give the team a huge lift as we know a packed Parramatta Stadium will give us the extra drive that our whole Club experiences every time we open the doors to Wanderland.
“While a bigger venue may have given us the ability to pack in a larger audience, the opportunity we have before us to win the ACL on our maiden attempt is one we will need every possible advantage in achieving.
“We thank the AFC for ensuring we get a real home advantage and we anticipate it will be standing room only when we take on Al Hilal later this month.”
Tickets for the home leg final goes on sale to Members on Monday 13 October with any remaining seats released to general public on Monday 20 October..comments