Parramatta Stadium is the ideal venue for Wanderers FC to kick off their Hyundai A-League dream at.
Wanderers FC boss Lyall Gorman believes the latest moves the club have made when it comes to major sponsorships and ground announcements will help the club be the immediate success that all are hoping for in the Hyundai A-League.
While Gorman was excited about the launch of the away kit and the massive partnership with NRMA Insurance, what might just be the most important recent announcement is that of Parramatta Stadium as the home of Wanderers FC.
Unlike many grounds in Australia it is a purpose built rectangular venue, designed to house football and rugby league matches and offers fans an intimate match day experience thanks to its tiered terraces, with every seat in the ground offering a great vantage point and allowing fans to get close to the action much like Brisbane Roar-s Suncorp Stadium.
“We have listened to our fans around venue, they have told us they want one venue, rather than being shuttled around from place to place and the very clear message has been that it needs to be in the hub of the greater western Sydney region and that is Parramatta Stadium,” Gorman said.
This won-t be the first time a football team in a national league has called Parramatta Stadium home, the Power did in the NSL and now with the Wanderers heading back there, Gorman admits it is about time.
“I know the fans out here have been thirsting for it, when you look around the venue you see how intimate it is, there is not a bad seat in the stadium and the fans can be close to the action and close to the players, it is a wonderful place to play sport.”
“We had a game here earlier this year with the Qantas Australian Under 23s versus Uzbekistan and it was a successful event.”
With all the news around big name sponsors and the securing of a home ground, not to mention the news that Aaron Mooy is adapting well to the Australian game, Gorman has reason to be bullish about the prospects of the club and does believe those announcements serve as a method of putting the rest of the league on notice.
“The announcements are all statements about the belief in the club, what it stands for, and its future direction, it gives us a lot of credibility and says that we are a club that means business.”
Gorman also let us in on a slight secret while we were there, stating that the club would release membership packages in the coming week.
“There is a tremendous interest in becoming a foundation member of the Wanderers and the target date to release membership packages is August 1 and we are really excited about that.”
So too should fans be, so check back here throughout the week for updates on memberships.