The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers could break all Hyundai A-League crowd records when they launch the season against cross-town rivals in the first ever Sydney Derby played at ANZ Stadium.
With Melbourne Victory currently holding the all-time and regular season crowd records with 54,436 and 50,333 against Adelaide United and Sydney FC respectively, the Round 1 Sydney Derby has the potential to eclipse both games.
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It will be the first time a Sydney Derby is played in Round 1, providing the perfect platform to kick-off Sydney Olympic Park’s tenure as home to the Western Sydney Wanderers.
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The season will see five fixtures at ANZ Stadium, eight matches at Spotless Stadium and one Community Round game at Campbelltown Stadium.
Wanderers fans won’t have to wait long for a Grand Final rematch as the Red & Black travel to Adelaide in Round 2 while traditional events such as the White Ribbon match and the New Year’s Day game will remain unchanged.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the club was excited about the coming season.
“The Sydney Derby will be an amazing occasion and a wonderful way to open our season,“ said Tsatsimas.
“We will ensure our first ever match at ANZ Stadium will be a special occasion for all of our members and supporters. This will be an event for all of Sydney.
“We’re delighted to have two huge matches to start the season and we look forward to showcasing our new home grounds with five games at Sydney Olympic Park in the opening eight rounds.”
- First ever ANZ Stadium Sydney Derby in Round 1
- Five fixtures at ANZ Stadium and eight fixtures at Spotless Stadium
- Community Round ns Newcastle Jets at Campbelltown Stadium
- Traditional New Year’s Day match
- White Ribbon Match: Friday 25 November vs Brisbane Roar
Wanderers fans will notice that dates and kick-off times for the Round 23 and 24 fixtures have not been finalised. This is due to the AFL agreement with the venue around scheduling and will be finalised and communicated to all members and fans following agreement with the AFL around their 2017 fixtures.
AFC Champions League and potential Westfield FFA Cup matches will be announced following the Champions League draw (December) and the scheduling of Westfield FFA Cup matches in the coming months.