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A-Leagues Unite Round at CommBank Stadium

Wanderers To Headline Both Opening And Closing Nights Of A-Leagues ‘Unite Round’ As Part Of Two Double Headers At CommBank Stadium

The Western Sydney Wanderers men’s side will headline the start of the 2023/24 A-Leagues Unite Round with a matchup against Melbourne City at CommBank Stadium on Friday 12 January – as part of a double header that features Macarthur FC v Western United.

The Wanderers Liberty A-League Women’s squad will play host to Melbourne City at CommBank Stadium on the Sunday to conclude the festival of football with an Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s game between Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix making it another double header.

Unite Round Schedule

Friday 12 January

A-League Men Double Header – CommBank Stadium
Macarthur FC v Western United
Melbourne City v Western Sydney Wanderers
Friday 12 January

A-League Women Double Header – Leichardt Oval
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners
Saturday 13 January

A-League Men Double Header – Allianz Stadium
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory
Adelaide United v Sydney FC
Saturday 13 January

A-League Women Double Header – Leichardt Oval
Canberra United v Adelaide United
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
Sunday 14 January

Double Header – Allianz Stadium
A-League Men: Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
A-League Women: Western United v Sydney FC
Sunday 14 January

Double Header – CommBank Stadium
A-League Men: Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix
A-League Women: Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City
*Match times TBC

The ‘Unite Round’ is being introduced for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons, as the APL’s partnership with DNSW enters its second year. As part of the updated partnership, the hosting rights for the Grand Finals will revert to the traditional format with hosting rights awarded to the highest placed qualifier from the Semi Finals, starting from season 2023-24.

During ‘Unite Round’, the double header matches will be hosted at Allianz Stadium, CommBank Stadium and Leichhardt Oval, and grassroots tournaments for junior boys and girls will take place at venues across Sydney.

A live site at Moore Park will also feature a fan park and viewing party for the AFC Asian Cup match in Qatar between Australia and India’s men’s teams on Saturday 13 January at 10:30pm AEDT.

The Hon Stephen Conroy, Chair of APL, said:

“We saw record crowds in the men’s and women’s finals series last season, and we again saw the appetite for professional football in NSW during the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Having all of our teams play in one place, over one weekend, is a fantastic way to serve up the best of the A-Leagues for our fans.

“We are one of the only leagues in the world where almost every club has both men’s and women’s teams, so we are uniquely positioned to create an event like this.

“We thank Premier Minns and the NSW Government for this fundamentally important partnership and for their continuing support for the development of football in Australia.”

Danny Townsend, CEO of APL said:

“The Unite Round is a brand new experience which brings together all A-Leagues clubs, fans and grassroots players together for the very first time in Sydney in an unprecedented celebration of football. With the women’s domestic attendance record already broken twice on the first day of this season, we are looking forward to welcoming A-Leagues fans, old and new, to experience our leagues.”

“We have worked closely with our clubs and fans to ensure that there are suitable constructive mechanisms for the voices of fans to be heard. Many of the resulting conversations have included the hosting of the Grand Finals, and the strong sentiments around that, and we thank DNSW and Premier Minns for their partnership in creating a truly inclusive experience for our game.”

Premier Chris Minns said:

“Unite Round is great news for the football community, and for NSW.

“This will bring fans and players from around the country together in Sydney.

“I encourage fans to get involved in this festival of football.

Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said:

“This is a chance for fans and players from right around Australia to come together, be united and be part of something special right here in Sydney.

“The Unite Round is a win-win for fans, the game and NSW as it will provide more opportunity for all players and fans to be part of an inclusive football celebration in Sydney.

“Unite Round will also deliver strong economic and community benefits for the people of NSW – it is estimated Unite Round will attract more than 42,000 people to Sydney for the event and generate more than $10.2 million in visitor expenditure for the state’s economy.

Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said:

“Sydney has more football fans and players than any other state and our culture of celebrating major sporting milestones is second-to-none.

“We can’t wait to welcome Australia’s football family to Sydney for the debut A-Leagues Unite Round next January and to see this tradition grow.

“This will be the first sporting code to celebrate a full men’s and women’s round in a single city in Australia.”

For the Isuzu UTE A-League Men, ‘Unite Round’ will be an additional round – making it a 27-game regular season. The existing Round 12 fixtures are being moved to new dates and times. For the
Liberty A-League Women, ‘Unite Round’ will use the existing Round 12 fixtures, keeping the season as a 22-game regular season.

This A-Leagues event is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Tickets for A-Leagues ‘Unite Round’ will go on sale from Monday 6 November.

Open Air Live at CommBank Stadium

Matildas Stars Arnold, Fowler and Kennedy Headline Historic Live Fan Event at CommBank Stadium

For the first time since their historic 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup success, Matildas standouts Mackenzie Arnold, Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy will reunite in Sydney for a world-first fan-focused event. The inaugural “Open Air Live” kicks off from 7pm on Thursday, 21 December at Sydney’s CommBank Stadium, giving audiences exclusive access to Australia’s most celebrated Matildas stars.

Hosted by Sports Anchor, James Bracey, fans will connect with the Matildas like never before. In a live masterclass, the trio will demonstrate their exceptional skills and candidly discuss their personal journeys, illustrious careers, and unforgettable moments on the field. The event will be truly immersive, featuring stunning visuals and stadium screens to capture the exhilarating match day atmosphere, utilising innovative 4-stage compass setup and advanced audiovisual technology.

Matildas forward and youngest ever player, Mary Fowler said: “I’m excited to be part of the Open Air Live event in Sydney this December. Mackenzie, Alanna and myself will be taking the field at CommBank stadium for a huge night of entertainment, you won’t want to miss this!”

Matildas defender, Alanna Kennedy, added: “I can’t wait to join Mackenzie and Mary on the pitch for an incredible night of entertainment. Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to putting on a great show.”

The Matildas performance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup attracted record-breaking audiences from around the country, capturing the hearts of young and old. The “Open Air Live” event will be an opportunity to get up close to this year’s Aussie heroes.

Legendary goalkeeper for the Matildas, Mackenzie Arnold said that it would be a special moment for them to share with families ahead of the festive season.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of the Open Air Live event at Sydney in December! Bring your families along and join Alanna, Mary and I in sharing our stories and enjoy a great night of entertainment. We can’t wait to see you there.”

Tickets are available now via Ticketek from $49 for general admission and $99 with the addition of an exclusive Meet & Greet photo opportunity. VIP packages are available on request.

Mackenzie Arnold, Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy

Event Details

  • Date and Time: Thursday, 21 December 7pm – 9pm
  • Venue: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta, Sydney
  • Tickets are available now from Ticketek

Two Doubleheaders, A New Year’s Day Game And An Autumn Sydney Derby Headline The Wanderers 23/24 Home Season At CommBank Stadium

  • The Wanderers begin their season with back-to-back home games: Sunday 22 October V Wellington Phoenix & Saturday 28 October V Western United;
  • The Red & Black will host a New Year’s Day game V Macarthur FC;
  • The Wanderers one and only home Sydney Derby will be played on Saturday 2 March;
  • This season there will be two home A-League Men’s/Women’s Doubleheaders: Sunday 22 October V Wellington Phoenix & Saturday 2 March V Sydney FC;
  • The Wanderers finish the home regular season on Saturday 20 April V Melbourne City.

The Western Sydney Wanderers will open the first two rounds of the Isuzu UTE A-League men’s 2023/2024 season at home with matchups against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday afternoon (22 October) and against Western United on Saturday night (28 October).

The turn of the new year will present the Wanderers with a great chance to collect some valuable points with 3 of their first 4 games to start 2024 to be played at Wanderland – including a New Year’s Day contest with Macarthur FC.

The Red & Black will once again just play the one home Sydney Derby in season 23/24, with the A-Leagues greatest attraction coming to CommBank Stadium on Saturday 2 March.

It will be a tricky end to the home season for the Wanderers with the final two games in the heart of the West being played against Ross Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar and against back-to-back-to-back premiers Melbourne City.

In addition to the standalone home games, the Wanderers will host two A-League doubleheaders during the season which will feature a Women’s and Men’s game. The first coming on Sunday 22 October against the Wellington Phoenix and then on Saturday 2 March versus Sydney FC.

The full A-Leagues 2023/24 Draw can be found here.

After a strong campaign last season – which saw the Wanderers make the finals for the first time since 2017 – the Red & Black return looking to build on a heartbreaking Elimination Final exit and advance two steps further to the A-League Men’s Grand Final. The Wanderers have brought back Captain Fantastic, Marcelo as well as keeping their Player of the Season, Brandon Borrello who scored a team-high 13 goals last year.

The Wanderers have also brought in a couple of fresh faces with Dylan Pierias, Marcus Antonsson and Lachlan Brook being the standouts.

Western Sydney Wanderers Membership is the best way to show your support to both the Men’s and Women’s teams, while securing your seats at CommBank Stadium for all home matches. Membership enquiries here.

CommBank Stadium Isuzu UTE A-League Grand Final 2023

Everything you need to know about the A-League Men’s Grand Final at CommBank Stadium

It’s 1 v 2 in this year’s Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s Grand Final as back-to-back-to-back premiers Melbourne City face perennial underdogs Central Coast Mariners in what is sure to be a scintillating final at CommBank Stadium.

Who will you be cheering for on Grand Final night, when a huge celebration of football is planned?

Will you sing for the Yellow and Navy Blue of Central Coast Mariners, or the Sky Blue, Red and White of Melbourne City?

Be here at CommBank Stadium to Witness Greatness on the Biggest Stage.

Tickets on sale now through Ticketek only: click here for Tickets 

Event Day Schedule

6:15pm: Gates Open
7:45pm: A-League Men’s Grand Final: Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners


  • Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners Club Members
    – Members receive a 20% discount.
  • General Public
    – on sale from 11am, Wednesday 24 May 2023

Getting to the Stadium

Important Traffic & Transport Information:

Fans are strongly encouraged to ARRIVE EARLY to avoid queues. Parramatta CBD is a short walk from CommBank Stadium and will be a hive of action on Saturday pre-and-post-game. A big crowd is on the way so make sure you are inside the Stadium early to soak up the pre-match atmosphere!

If you intend to drive, there is plenty of parking close to CommBank Stadium in the Parramatta CBD, but leave additional time to park and walk to the Stadium

Valid pre-purchased tickets to the 2022/2023 A-League Men Grand Final at CommBank Stadium include travel on the following transport services, just show your event ticket to Transport staff when boarding services:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (non-booked services bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney Metro North West services
  • Sydney and Newcastle Light Rail services


CommBank Stadium is a 12 to 15-minute easy walk from Parramatta Station – and you can always drop in to a café, eatery or bar on the way! See Route.

Alternatively, you catch a train to Westmead Station then head to CommBank Stadium through Parramatta Park. See Route.

Patrons are advised to take advantage of the regular trains running to and from Parramatta Station to avoid expected heavy congestion and traffic on roads in and around Parramatta.

Trains to Parramatta run every 10 to 15 minutes and bus services will run regularly throughout the night.


Plenty of regular route bus services run to and from Parramatta Interchange which is within a 12 to 15-minute walk of CommBank Stadium.

From the interchange head down Argyle St, Church St and take either the Riverside Walk or walk through Prince Alfred Square to get to the Stadium on O’Connell St. See Route.

Alternatively, some bus routes also make stops along O’Connell St outside the Stadium.


The two closest taxi drop-off and pick-up points are located at Marist Place near Victoria Road and Villers Street near Victoria Road.

It is a short walk to CommBank Stadium from each of these drop-off points.

Please check for any road closures and exclusion zones in place for individual events when arriving by taxi.


For fans who intend to drive, there are a number of public parking stations close to the venue for patrons seeking to park in the area including:

  • Wentworth Street Car Park – 1,150 spaces
  • Justice Precinct Car Park – 497 spaces (Hunter Street)
  • Eat Street Car Park – 560 spaces (George Street)

Please note that traffic volume and demand for event parking in the local area is usually high. It’s recommended therefore that you plan your trip and your vehicle parking.

More information on various council and commercial car parks and car parks for vehicles with mobility parking permits is available here.

Travel Packages:

  • Travelling fans from Melbourne can access exclusive travel deals, including an exclusive discount code from Qantas for City fans travelling to Sydney for the Grand Final from Victoria.
  • A-Leagues’ official accommodation partner IHG is also offering fans access to a 15% discount.
  • There will also be special offers in partnership with participating Grand Final teams to support travelling fans, including exclusive offers from Sportsnet Holidays.

Food and Beverage

Make Grand Final Day special and arrive early to enjoy some quality footy fare and beverages while soaking up the big-game atmosphere.

Outside CommBank Stadium, there will be a range of specialty food trucks in the precinct near Gate B which will be selling a number of delicious treats from up to an hour before Gates Open and will be available up to an hour after the event concludes.

CommBank Stadium itself features a range of high-quality food including traditional footy fare like gourmet burgers and hot dogs. Special Grand Final game-day treats include Butter Chicken Loaded Fries (available at Aisle 107 and 115) and the Tandoori Chicken Burger (available at Aisle 126).

CommBank Stadium is conveniently located close to the Parramatta CBD, which offers a multitude of cafes, bars and eateries


Team specific merchandise will be available for sale at two different outlets (Internal Gate A & B) inside the stadium.


Winter is upon us and the temperatures are getting cooler at night. While every seat is undercover at CommBank Stadium, we recommend dressing for the conditions. For the latest forecast, please click here.

Entry requirements

Corporate Entry: Via Gate F.

Central Coast Mariners Active Support: Via Gate D

Melbourne City Support: Via Gate A

All Other Ticket Holders: Via the Gate on your ticket.

Conditions of Entry: click here

Everything you need

  • General Admission tickets for the A-League Men’s Grand Final at CommBank Stadium on Saturday 3 June are on sale here.
  • You can experience the Grand Final in style with Premium Catered Hospitality options – click here.
  • Visiting Sydney? Why not make a weekend of it. Check out where to stay and play here:.

Enjoy the game!

Information on this page is correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change.

CommBank Stadium

Celebrating 4 Years at CommBank Stadium – the Home of Sport & Entertainment in Western Sydney

Happy Birthday, CommBank Stadium. It’s four years today since CommBank Stadium opened its doors to the community.

In that four years, the Stadium has quickly become part of the sporting and social fabric of booming Western Sydney.

In coming weeks, CommBank Stadium will welcome its 2 millionth fan through the gates, with 1,943,297 fans having so far turned out for 180 ticketed sport and entertainment events at the Stadium.

Another 100,000-plus people have attended the Stadium for business, community, charity and cultural events, with the Stadium hosting scores of off-field events each week in the venue’s function rooms.


Nicknamed PARRAdise for Parramatta Eels home games and Wanderland whenever the Western Sydney Wanderers play at home, CommBank Stadium regularly hosts NRL and NRLW, A-Leagues Men & Women’s games, Rugby Test matches and Rugby Sevens internationals, Socceroos and Matildas football internationals. It has hosted the Sydney SuperFight boxing event featuring Tim Tszyu, plus a number of community sporting events.

Built “For The Fans”, the 30,000-seat CommBank Stadium at North Parramatta (generically named Western Sydney Stadium) features the steepest grandstands in the country and offers a unique game-day experience, with fans closer to the action than ever before.

More than 30,000 fans turned out on Sunday 14 April, 2019 for a Community Open Day, which doubled as a test event for the Stadium.

Mitchell Moses is the top points scorer at the Stadium

Parramatta Eels Members and supporters will never forget their team’s first game on the hallowed turf on Easter Monday, eight days later. Cheered on by a capacity crowd of 29,047, the Eels thrashed Western Sydney rivals Wests Tigers 51-6, with halfback Mitchell Moses – who grew up close to the Stadium – creating history by scoring the first try and kicking the first goal and field goal at the new Stadium, built on a historic sporting precinct at Parramatta.

The highest attendance to date at CommBank Stadium was the 29,372 posted for the Eels’ stunning Finals win over the Brisbane Broncos on 15 September 2019, with the Eels triumphant 58-0.

The Western Sydney Wanderers’ first game was against famous touring English club Leeds United on 20 July, 2019, with the game going down to the wire before Leeds snuck home in injury time.

Mitch Duke celebrates scoring the winner in the first derby at CommBank Stadium

The Wanderers set a football crowd benchmark on 26 October 2019 when 28,519 turned out for the Sydney Derby against arch-rivals Sydney FC, the Wanderers winning 1-0 thanks to a Mitch Duke special.

The Stadium has welcomed Australian rock legends Cold Chisel and Hoodoo Gurus and global superstar Sir Elton John, hosted stunning black-tie functions including charity partner Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney’s 40th anniversary event, and even hosted a successful Drive-In movie theatre and a hugely popular Pixar Putt mini golf course in the precinct.

CommBank Stadium played a central role for Sydney during the global pandemic, hosting numerous NRL and A-League events in a controlled environment, and it was the first stadium in NSW to host events after the 100-days lockdown in 2021.

Western Sydney Long Lunch in December 2022

Last December, the Stadium hosted Western Sydney’s Long Lunch to kick-start Sydney’s summer of events. It featured a menu designed by Australian food icon Matt Moran, as well as a performance by superstar vocal group Human Nature.

A huge 2023 is unfolding at CommBank Stadium as the Wanderers strive for A-League glory and the Eels push for NRL Finals.

The Liberty A-League Women’s Grand Final will be played at CommBank Stadium on Sunday 30 April, and the Isuzu UTE Men’s Grand Final soon after.

On Saturday 15 July, the Wallabies will host Argentina in the only rugby international in Sydney this year.

Wallabies will play Argentina later this year
Mr Monopoly holding the CommBank Stadium card art

CommBank Stadium has won 20 different awards across architecture and design, construction and engineering, tourism and leisure, sustainability, operations and function since it opened with a Community Open Day on 14 April 2019.

In 2020, it was the first stadium in the world to be awarded LEED v4 Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council for sustainability.

A City of Parramatta council report in 2019 showed that major events at CommBank Stadium can inject as much as $1 million into the local business community as fans pour into the city pre and post-game.

So it was fitting, perhaps, that CommBank Stadium was this year allocated a place name on the new Parramatta edition of the world’s most famous board game, Monopoly.

Happy Birthday, CommBank Stadium!

Parra Eels to kick off NRL season against Storm at CommBank Stadium before all eyes on Grand Final rematch against Panthers in Round 4

THE Parramatta Eels will host the opening game of the 2023 NRL season at CommBank Stadium with a blockbuster Thursday Night Footy clash against the Melbourne Storm on 2 March.

The Eels will also be at their spiritual home in Round 2, with a Friday night 6pm match-up against the Sharks on 10 March.

Then bring on Round 4 and a massive Grand Final rematch against Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium on Thursday 23 March (7:50pm)!

As the NRL released its much-anticipated season draw for 2023, the Eels were locked in for 11 huge home games at CommBank Stadium.

The Parramatta Eels (20,015) boasted the highest Sydney NRL average attendance of the regular-season in 2022 and the stage is set for another run of capacity crowds at CommBank Stadium in season 2023.

The Blue and Gold Army will be out in force for the clash with the Panthers as the mighty Eels get the chance to redeem themselves against the benchmark team of 2021-22.

Wests Tigers will play two home games at CommBank Stadium in season 2023 – against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Round 19 on Thursday 6 July (7:50pm) and against new club the Dolphins in Round 25 on Saturday 19 August.

The Tigers will host the traditional Easter Monday game against the Parra Eels at nearby Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park on 10 April.

The Easter Monday blockbuster traditionally draws one of the largest NRL club attendances of the season.

Among other home stadium highlights for the Parramatta Eels in season 2023:

  • The Eels will host great rivals the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in a cracking Round 7 Sunday afternoon game at CommBank Stadium on 16 April (4pm);
  • Parra’s final two home games of the regular-season loom as vital in the context of the club’s season . . . against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday 6 August (2pm) and the Sydney Roosters on Friday 18 August (8pm).

See the full 2023 NRL Draw here

Everton-Aussie Superfans Ready To Bring The Noise To Sydney Super Cup Games This November

Everton superfans Carolyn Polley-Peters and Kosman Thaengthong at CommBank Stadium in the countdown to the Sydney Super Cup games. Pictures: Ayush Kumar

They have followed English Premier League club Everton their entire lives and now superfans Carolyn Polley-Peters and Kosman Thaengthong have called on Blues supporters across Australia to bring the famous Evertonian energy to upcoming Sydney Super Cup games.

Carolyn, from Sydney, and Kosman, from Thailand, are members of the Australian-based Everton Supporters Club and say scores of passionate Blues fans will turn out to see their team play historic games in Sydney.

“It’s really exciting because the last time they were here was 12 years ago, so we’re all pumped to see Everton in Sydney for these games,” said Kosman.

Carolyn reiterated Kosman’s sentiments, saying: “Oh man, it’s amazing, I’ve never seen them play live and I can’t wait to see them beat Celtic and then the Wanderers.”

Everton FC will take on Scottish Premier League champions Celtic at Accor Stadium on Sunday 20 August before lining up against the Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium on Wednesday 23 November.

These games are part of a blockbuster three-match Sydney Super Cup series, which will open with Celtic FC taking on Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Thursday 17 November.

The Everton-Aussie superfans are aware that the Wanderers have one of the most passionate supporter groups in the A-Leagues so the atmosphere should be amazing when the series comes to a conclusion at CommBank Stadium on 23 November.

Kosman has travelled around Asia to see Everton play in Singapore & Thailand before travelling to Liverpool to watch them play at the famous Goodison Park.

“I like their team spirit,” Kosman said of why he started supporting the Toffees.

For Carolyn, she may have never seen an Everton game live, but she is a football fanatic, having travelled around the world and attended the last four FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Her love for Everton started early: “A girl in Grade 4 who came from England told me you have to go for Everton, so I said, `OK I’ll go for Everton’ and the rest is history, I’m 56 now,” said Carolyn.

The 2022 Sydney Super Cup Schedule is:

Thursday 17 November: Celtic FC v Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

Sunday 20 November: Celtic FC v Everton FC at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

Wednesday 23 November: Everton FC v Western Sydney Wanderers at CommBank Stadium, Parramatta

All the event information and tickets can be accessed at

Want to see the Sydney Super Cup games in style with key clients, family, and friends? Premium Experience options are available here.

Parra Eels to launch the NRLW season at CommBank Stadium this Saturday

Tiana Penitani in training for the NRLW

Parramatta Eels co-captain Tiana Penitani believes playing their season opener in front of a big home crowd at CommBank Stadium gives her team every opportunity for a successful start to the 2022 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership on Saturday.

The Eels could not face a tougher opponent first-up in season 2022 – up against reigning NRLW premiers the Sydney Roosters on a massive day of footy at CommBank Stadium.

“We’re excited and feel really lucky to be able to play in front of a home crowd first round,” said Penitani.

“I think that’s really going to give us a lot of energy to carry through the season and we know we’ve got the best fans in the game, so it’ll be really good to see everyone get out for round one of NRLW.”

Penitani has strong expectations of the Eels this season, saying, “We want us to build. Last year I think we were a bit inconsistent week to week. We want to obviously set the platform in round one and then just keep building and getting better. We know come the finals time we want to be peaking and at our best.”

Both the Eels and the Roosters tied on points last season with the visitors advancing through to finals due to point differential.

This will be Parramatta Eels’ second season in the NRLW and they will be looking to improve on their 5th placed position last season.

The NRLW began in 2018 with a four-team competition before expanding to six in 2021. They will grow again in 2023 with the introduction of four more teams taking their total to 10.

Gates open at 10:45am on Saturday – Tickets and Matchday Info here.

Scrimmage game at Eels training

Eels Losana Luta looking for a pass

Bankwest Stadium proud to officially partner with Ronald McDonald House

Bankwest Stadium proud to officially partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney

Crystelle Cordero

Bankwest Stadium is pleased to announce charity Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney as its official Major Charity Partner in 2019.

Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said today: “Bankwest Stadium is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all Australians, and as a thriving hub of community activity, Bankwest Stadium understands and embraces the opportunity it has to make a positive difference in the local community and in the lives of children who need it most.

“We recognise that sport can help to build communities through social inclusion and a sense of connection. It also binds families through shared experiences and achievements, where being a member of a fan club becomes a common point of connection.

“We’re proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Westmead – who is just a 10-minute walk from our front gates, share our passion for promoting the health of young Australians, and partner with two of our home clubs, the Parramatta Eels and Western Sydney Wanderers.”

Venues NSW Chairman, Christine McLoughlin, said the partnership reaffirms the vision for Bankwest Stadium as an inclusive precinct that transcends professional sport.

“Bankwest Stadium will bring the Western Sydney community together for a range of events, festivals and experiences, and we are delighted that families staying at Ronald McDonald House Westmead will have the opportunity to enjoy everything this diverse precinct has to offer.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney CEO, Belinda Woolford said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be named as Major Charity Partner of Bankwest Stadium.

“As a local charity we can see the impact the stadium is going to have on Western Sydney, it will be a game changer for sport and entertainment in our region.

“Further to this, we know the families staying at the house will benefit from the opportunity to have a family day out at one of the many premium events scheduled at the Stadium, giving them much needed respite and family time during their difficult journey.”

Wanderers Western Sydney Stadium debut confirmed against English giants Leeds United

Wanderers Western Sydney Stadium debut confirmed against English giants Leeds United

  • Wanderers v Leeds United confirmed as first football event at new Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday 20 July;
  • Leeds share rich Australian history with former players including Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell and Paul Okon;
  • Tickets to go on sale in December. For all the latest info sign up to the waitlist here;
  • International fixture will give Wanderers fans first chance to see their team in new home.

The Western Sydney Wanderers are set to play storied English club Leeds United in the first ever football game at the new Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday 20 July next year.

NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas today confirmed the historic fixture would officially open the Stadium for football.

“This will be a historic day for Western Sydney football fans as their home team lines up against one of English football’s most storied clubs, marking the first international fixture at the venue,” Mr Ayres said.

The 30,000-seat Western Sydney Stadium is scheduled to open in April 2019 and will showcase the best live event experience in the country.

“We said this stadium would change sport in Western Sydney and this game is proof that is happening,” Mr Ayres said.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the match will be the first opportunity for Wanderers fans to experience the new Stadium against the famous Leeds United Football Club.

“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 Tsatimas.

“This will be a historic event for the club, the Stadium and the people of Western Sydney and we look forward to working in partnership with the Stadium to bring this match to life.”

Speaking about the fixture, Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa said: “I am pleased that we have been given the opportunity to take the team over to Australia to help us prepare for the 2019/20 season.

“To play in the first international sporting event at the new Western Sydney Stadium will be an honour and we are all looking forward to the occasion.”

Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear and Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas also spoke about the announcement.

“We’re really excited to be part of this fixture with Western Sydney Wanderers, which will be a very special occasion at their new home,” said Kinnear.

“The large number of Leeds fans based in Australia has only been reinforced since the announcement of the tour last week and we’re really pleased to be playing in Sydney.

“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.”

Leeds United’s visit to Sydney is supported by the NSW Government through Venues NSW, as well as the Western Sydney Wanderers and Western Sydney Stadium Operator, VenuesLive.

Tickets for the Western Sydney Wanderers v Leeds United Football Club friendly will go on sale in December. You can sign up to the waitlist for all the latest tour and ticketing info here.

Parra Eels to launch NRLW season at CommBank Stadium this Saturday

The NRLW season kicks off right here at CommBank Stadium this Saturday as part of a huge tripleheader in Western Sydney.

Eels Co-Captain Tiana Penitani in training for the NRLW season kick off

Eels Co-Captain Tiana Penitani has said that home field advantage to start the season could be key for any success this year, “[I’m] so excited. I feel really lucky to be able to play in front of a home crowd first round. I think that’s really going to give us a lot of energy to carry through the season and we know we’ve got the best fans in the game so it’ll be really good to see everyone get out for round one of NRLW”.

Penitani has strong expectations of her team this year, saying, ”I want to build. Last year I think we were a bit inconsistent week to week. I want to obviously set the platform in round one and then just keep building and getting better. I know come the finals time hopefully we’ll be peaking and at our best”.

”I just want to get the best of our players, we’ve got so much talent and I just want to make sure that’s cohesive across the whole field – don’t want to play as individuals, we want to play as one unit”.

The @ParramattaEels will start their campaign against the reigning premiers @SydneyRoosters. Both teams tied on points last season with the visitors advancing through to finals due to point differential.

This will be Parramatta Eels’ second season in the NRLW and they will be looking to improve on their 5th placed position a season before.

The NRLW began in 2018 with a four-team competition before expanding to six in 2021. They will grow again in 2023 with the introduction of four more teams taking their total to 10.

Saturday will also feature a half-time performance during the third game of the tripleheader, by rapper, Masked Wolf, as part of Sound West, an initiative to grow Western Sydney’s arts and tech scene.

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