Sydney FC has used Sunday’s sell out game against reigning champions Melbourne Victory to ram home the Sky Blue’s popularity in the city’s south.
The Big Blue is Sydney’s first game of the season in Kogarah, one of three venues the club will call home while Allianz Stadium is being redeveloped.
With A-League bid Southern Expansion circling, club chairman Scott Barlow used the good ticket sales at the 20,500 capacity stadium to send a subtle hands-off to potential interlopers.
“To sell-out our first home game at Jubilee Stadium demonstrates how deeply connected we are to the football community in this region,” Barlow said.
“The southern regions of Sydney, including St George and Sutherland, have always been vital parts of our heartland and this massive show of support by our fans in this region proves that once again.
“Over the next three years we expect to play half of our home games out of this stadium and it’s an exciting opportunity to further strengthen our already strong base here.
“The vast majority of people in attendance on Sunday will be long time Sydney FC members and fans.”
It is the first time the two teams have faced off since Victory knocked the Sky Blues out in the semi-finals last season.
Seven of Sydney FC’s 13 A-League home matches will take place at Jubilee Stadium with over 30% of the club’s membership hailing from the south of Sydney.
Sunday’s blockbuster is a Big Blue double header with the W-League match kicking off at 2.30pm.
“(This) will be a fantastic occasion for Sydney FC, our members and the football community of Southern Sydney,” Barlow added.
“What better way to kick off this new era at Jubilee with a packed stadium full of Sky Blue jerseys.
“It will be a day to remember and we look forward to much more of the same at this great football stadium over the coming weeks, months and years.”
Sydney FC are unbeaten in their opening four matches and sit second on the A-League ladder two points behind Perth Glory. Victory are in fourth spot.