CommBank Matildas and Canada to Headline Opening of New Sydney Football Stadium
The Commonwealth Bank Matildas are set to create history, becoming the first football team to play at the new state-of-the-art Allianz Stadium in Sydney when they meet Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champions and world number six, Canada on Tuesday, 6 September.
This encounter will mark the first time Australia has played Canada on home soil in 14 years when the Commonwealth Bank Matildas defeated the Canadian Women’s National Team, 2-1, at the old Sydney Football Stadium on 23 May 2008, the site of the brand-new Allianz Stadium.
Football Australia CEO, James Johnson, said: “It’s only fitting that the Commonwealth Bank Matildas are the first football team to play at the new Allianz Stadium, as this state-of-the-art facility will be a host venue for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.
“Football enthusiasts, Matildas fans and event-goers alike are in for a real treat on 6 September, when Australia’s most popular women’s national team, the Commonwealth Bank Matildas host another top-quality team in Canada as we continue to play the highest calibre of nations in preparation for next year’s tournament."
“It will also create a genuine ‘I was there moment’, with attending fans able to experience this world-class venue and forever boast that they attended the first-ever football match at the new Allianz Stadium.
“We once again thank the NSW Government for their strong support of the football pathway, particularly our national teams, and the hugely exciting FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™.”
This important women’s international friendly between two of the world’s finest football teams is one of three major sporting events which will headline the opening of the Sydney’s new world-class sport and entertainment venue, Allianz Stadium, over a five-day period in early September.
Allianz Stadium’s festival of the codes begins with the NRL’s famous rivalry between the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday, 2 September. The following night on Saturday, 3 September, the Wallabies will host reigning Rugby World Cup winners, South Africa, with the much-anticipated Commonwealth Bank Matildas and Canada match to round out proceedings.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Sport, Stuart Ayres, said: “The new state-of-the-art Allianz Stadium will be a centrepiece of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, which is going to be one of the biggest sporting events in the world next year. There is no more appropriate way to christen the nation’s new home of football than with our mighty Matildas taking on the Olympic champions, Canada.
“Having a world-class stadium in the heart of a thriving sport, entertainment and hospitality precinct on the cusp of the CBD positions Sydney as the events capital of Australia. It will provide opportunities for the NSW Government, through Destination NSW, to secure more marquee events like this to achieve our goal of making NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”
This meeting on 6 September is part of a two-match home series featuring both national teams, with the city and venue for the first match scheduled for 3 September to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Tickets to the encounter will go on pre-sale for Football Account holders at 2.00 pm AEST on Thursday, 23 June 2022, with the General Public tickets window opening at 1.00 pm AEST on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 from www.ticketek.com.au
$1 (plus GST) from every ticket sold will be donated to the ParaMatildas, Australia's first-ever women’s CP national team for female footballers with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms from a stroke. Ticketing information is available from the official Commonwealth Bank Matildas website at www.matildas.com.au
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Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Canada
Date: Tuesday, 6 September 2022
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Kick-Off: Time TBA
Football Account pre-sale: 2.00 pm AEST on Thursday, 23 June 2022
General Public on-sale: 1.00 pm AEST on Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au
*Kick-off time and broadcast information to come