• TICKETS ON SALE FOR BLOCKBUSTER ROUND 1 SYDNEY DERBY

17 Aug 2016

  • Tickets on sale for historic first Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium with Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC to kick off the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season on Saturday 8 October;
  • Wanderers v Sydney FC blockbuster expected to smash existing A-League crowd records of 50,873 (Derby) and 55,436 (all-time);
  • Wanderers to host TWO Sydney Derbies at ANZ Stadium in 2016/17 - plus play EPL giants Arsenal in July 2017;
  • ANZ Stadium Members get priority seats to all games at ANZ Stadium.

Julian Keith

IT looms as the biggest clash in Hyundai A-League history – Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC – in an opening round blockbuster at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 8 October.

Tickets to the Wanderers v Sydney FC blockbuster that will kick off the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season go on sale from Noon on Thursday 18 August.

Head here at Noon to secure your seat at the Sydney Derby.

After four seasons of sold out Sydney Derbies at Pirtek Stadium and Sydney Football Stadium, this will be the first ever Sydney Derby to be played at Sydney’s Olympic stadium with its 80,000-seat capacity.

The Round 1 blockbuster is set to smash all attendance records in the league’s 12-year history.

Records will fall

The record for attendance at an A-League match is 55,436, set 10 years ago in the 2006/07 Grand Final at Etihad Stadium between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory.

To date, the biggest derby attendance sits with our southern neighbours for the Melbourne Derby in the 2014/15 Semi-Final with a crowd of 50,873.

Derby History

The Wanderers are looking for redemption and will be out in force on and off the pitch with huge numbers of Wanderers fans set to flood into ANZ Stadium to prove once and for all that Sydney really is Red & Black.

The Wanderers stated their dominance in their first two seasons in the league, however the recent hotly contested battles have only been separated by a single goal with two draws.

A new venue and a huge crowd in Red & Black will be the catalyst for the Wanderers to assert their dominance following their strong showing the 2015/16 season where they returned to the top of the table, appearing in the Club’s third Grand Final in four seasons as well as returning to the AFC Champions League for the third time.

Wanderers at Sydney Olympic Park

In season 2016/17, the Western Sydney Wanderers will play five major games at ANZ Stadium, including a second Sydney Derby on Saturday 18 February. The Wanderers will also play eight matches at neighbouring boutique venue Spotless Stadium, and one Community Round game at Campbelltown Stadium.

Wanderers’ games at ANZ Stadium

  • Saturday 8 October v Sydney FC (Sydney Derby);
  • Saturday 10 December v Melbourne Victory;
  • Sunday 1 January v Perth Glory;
  • Saturday 18 February v Sydney FC (Sydney Derby);
  • Saturday 8 April v Melbourne Victory.

See the full 2016/17 Hyundai A-League draw here

ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Mr Daryl Kerry, said: “In just four seasons, the Western Sydney Wanderers have established themselves as one of Australia's outstanding sporting clubs.

“We look forward to welcoming the Wanderers and their passionate supporters to Sydney’s Olympic stadium. In particular, we’re excited to be hosting our first Sydney Derby on Saturday 8 October and giving everybody in Greater Sydney the opportunity to experience this magnificent event.

“There is no doubt the Sydney Derby – played in the city’s major events stadium – has the potential to build into one of the world’s great football contests.”

Greg Sleigh, ANZ Stadium’s General Manager of Event & Business Development, said: “The Sydney Derby has the potential to quickly become one of the world’s great football derbies and one of the great sporting events in Australia when it is played in front of a massive crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium . . . the venue for so many of Australian football’s greatest moments.”

Adding to a packed 2016/17 events calendar at ANZ Stadium, the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC will also feature in back-to-back football classics against English Premier League giants Arsenal in July 2017. For information about the Arsenal In Sydney Tour, go here:

You can guarantee your premium seat to the Round 1 Sydney Derby and all blockbusters on the 2017 ANZ Stadium Event Calendar (including the Arsenal In Sydney Tour matches) by becoming an ANZ Stadium Member. Enquire here.

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