Today marks 100 days to go until the Western Sydney Wanderers return to Parramatta to play Leeds United at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 20 July.
The showpiece international will be the first football game played at the new Bankwest Stadium with Wanderers fans set to experience the revolutionary atmosphere for the first time.
Leeds United currently sit third in England’s Sky Bet Championship and are on track for a shot at promotion to the English Premier League.
As many as 7000 Leeds United fans are expected at the game, a testament to their strong Australian following.
But it’ll be a home crowd come 20 July with Wanderers fans eagerly snapping up tickets to the first game at their new home.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas says the club can’t wait to be part of the first football game at Bankwest Stadium.
“We are very excited about our return to Bankwest Stadium and there is no better way to open the stadium for football than with a match against storied English football club Leeds United,” said Mr Tsatsimas.
“Bankwest Stadium is a world-class venue and we are looking forward to giving our members and fans an experience to remember against Leeds.”
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper says the players are excited to make the trip Down Under and see their Australian fans.
“We have a lot to focus on in England for the next five weeks, but as soon as our season ends, we will be able to start looking forward to our trip to Australia and being involved in the first football game to be played at the Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta,” said Cooper.
“It’s an occasion which we all feel very honoured to be involved in. We also plan on spending time in Parramatta and learning more about the local area and its culture as well as meeting the locals and all those who have travelled over from Leeds.”
Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry has called on all football fans to come and be part of this historic event.
“There’s been a really strong response to this event and we’re excited to showcase football at Bankwest Stadium for the first time,” said Mr Kerry.
“This is a great chance for football fans to come and experience this amazing new venue.”
The Wanderers are set to play all 13 home matches at Bankwest Stadium from the Hyundai A-League 2019/2020 season.
The Wanderers Westfield W-League team will also play matches at Bankwest Stadium from next season.
The game will mark a historic day for football in Australia with the activation of the country’s first safe-standing terrace in the Red & Black Active area in the northern end of Bankwest Stadium.
About Bankwest Stadium
Bankwest Stadium is a 30,000-seat purpose-built rectangular stadium in Parramatta, Sydney’s second CBD.
Featuring the steepest grandstands in the country and superior sightlines from all seats, it takes fans closer to the action than ever before. It offers an unparalleled live sport and entertainment experience.
The Stadium hosts a range of sport and entertainment events. It is also a thriving hub of community activity, hosting an array of meetings and special events.
Bankwest Stadium is owned by Venues NSW, on behalf of the NSW Government, and operated by VenuesLive, a leading provider of management and hospitality services to venues and events.