Western Sydney Wanderers today confirmed a long-term agreement with newly-built Bankwest Stadium as their new home from next season.
A return to Wanderland is now set, with the club already locked in to play Leeds United there on July 20 and the Wanderers playing all 13 A-League home matches at the new Western Sydney Stadium next season.
The agreement will also see the Wanderers play all home matches in the FFA Cup (from the quarter-finals stage) and future AFC Champions League games there, while the Wanderers W-League team will also play matches at the venue from next season.
Chairman Paul Lederer said the agreement is a gamechanger for the Wanderers.
“This has been many years in the making and we are delighted to return to our home ground from next season,” said Lederer.
“We left no stone unturned to get the right deal for our members and fans and we are extremely thankful to the NSW Government for building this venue with football fans in mind.”
Bankwest Stadium features the steepest stands in the country and Australia’s first safe-standing terrace.
“We are very excited to be working together to bring the best match day experience to our members and fans - a return to Wanderland,” added Lederer.
NSW Sport Minister Stuart Ayres said the combination of the Wanderers and Western Sydney Stadium was a ‘match made in heaven’.
“This long-term commitment to a new, modern and fan friendly stadium, gives the Wanderers everything they need to become Australia’s premier football club,” said Minister Ayres.
“Western Sydney Stadium is the biggest change to football in Australia since the Wanderers entered the A-League, they are a match made in football heaven.”
CEO of VenuesLive, Operator of Bankwest Stadium, Daryl Kerry, said fans will be closer to the action than ever before.
“The stadium team will be working closely with the club to create a fantastic game-day atmosphere and the best possible fan experience. Bankwest Stadium is going to be a special place when the Wanderers play at home in front of their passionate fans,” said Kerry.
Wanderers members and supporters will get their first chance to see inside the Stadium at the Bankwest Stadium Community Open Day on Sunday Apri 14l. Tickets for that event are free and available via Ticketek from 1pm this Wednesday.
He added: “At the Open Day, the Wanderers faithful will be able to see for themselves how close to the pitch they will be. They will be able to sit in their seats and see where their team will run out on match days."