Western Sydney Wanderers will take on Leeds United at the new Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday 20 July to officially open the stadium for football, it was confirmed today.
Tickets for the friendly will go on sale next month and WSW CEO John Tsatsimas said the match will be the first opportunity for Wanderers fans to experience the new stadium.
“Our incredible members and fans have waited a long time to see this stadium come to fruition and we cannot wait to play our first match there against a club with so much history and tradition in Leeds United,” said Tsatsimas.
“This will be a historic event for the club and the people of Western Sydney and we look forward to working in partnership wth the Stadium to bring this match to life.”
NSW Minister of Sport Stuart Ayres said up to 5000 Leeds fans are expected to travel to Sydney for the match, joining thousands of Wanderers fans getting their first glimpse inside the new Western Sydney Stadium.
“This will be an occasion that every football fan in Western Sydney will want to be part of as the Wanderers line up against one of English football’s most famous clubs,” Ayres said.
“The 30,000-seat Western Sydney Stadium is on track to open in April and Wanderers versus Leeds United will be a major sporting event in Western Sydney that will showcase the best live event experience in the country."
Leeds United have had a long connection with Australia and has been home for many Socceroos including Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell and Jacob Burns among others.
Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear said the match will mark another milestone in the centenary season of the club.
“We are delighted to confirm that our club will travel to Sydney and play the Western Sydney Wanderers as part of our Australian pre-season tour in July 2019,” said Kinnear.
“This match will be a fantastic part of our centenary season and we expect between 4000 to 5000 of our passionate supporters from all over the world to travel to Sydney and we look forward to seeing them all there.”