The NSW Government have announced long awaited plans to knock down and rebuild Parramatta Stadium, the home of the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The 30,000 planned capacity is the culmination of the long-term stadium development strategy of the NSW Government, with the political lobbying and jockeying between Parramatta Stadium, the Sydney Football Stadium, ANZ Stadium and Penrith Stadium finally put to rest, at least in terms of the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The first stadium to be built is a new Parramatta Stadium, with the existing stadium demolished to make way for a new 30,000 capacity stadium. A new stadium at Moore Park in the CBD will be between 50,000 and 55,000 seats, and it is likely that ANZ Stadium will be fully rectangularised and may have a retractable roof.
Another potential long-term boom for either the Wanderers or the A-League itself, is a plan for a new stadium in Western Sydney perhaps at Penrith or Liverpool, both locations could provide for matches to be played by the Wanderers, or see the stadium as the home for a new A-League team.
The new Parramatta Stadium is expected to be complete by early 2019 at a cost of approximately $300 million.
I call upon the Wanderers, Football Federation Australia and the NSW Government to ensure that our club is not left out of discussions about the facilities and design at the venue, European style Safe Standing should be a priority at the new stadium to ensure a fully world class venue.
While it is likely the naming rights will be up for sale, I also put forward that the new stadium be called Dino Park.
The Wanderers eased into the next round of the FFA Cup with a 2-0 win against Palm Beach.
The only surprise of the match was a first half eruption of the Robina Stadium sprinkler system, as the Wanderers achieved a measure of redemption for their shock first round loss in the inaugural edition of the FFA Cup last season.
Sprinkler aside, the match progressed as to plan, the one time Asian Champions taking full control over the NPL Queensland outfit and on the half-hour Jaushua Sotirio took on his marker, cutting to the byline before hitting a superb cross. Left unmarked at the back post by the Palm Beach defence, midfielder Dimas Delgado couldn't miss with the point blank header to open the scoring.
5 minutes from full time Brendan Hamill scored his first goal for the Wanderers. The end result of a goal mouth scramble, Hamill put his boot through a snapshot on the edge of the area and it beat the Palm Beach keeper.
One dour point was a groin injury to Mark Bridge, although reports suggest it wasn't a particularly serious injury. The draw took place immediately and saw the Wanderers booked to play away to disgraced salary cap cheats Perth Glory. The other fixtures are Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United, Hume City vs Oakleigh Cannons, and Heidelberg United vs Melbourne City.
Palm Beach Sharks vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 1 September 2015 - 7:30PM
Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:30PM EST
Round: Round Of 16
Competition: FFA Cup
Location: Robina, Queensland
Stadium: Robina StadiumClick here to view the record
Canberra FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 25 August 2015 - 7:00PM
Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:00PM EST
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Stadium: Deakin Stadium
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A tense FFA Cup Round of 32 clash between the Brisbane Roar & Western Sydney Wanderers was decided by a solitary goal to injury ravaged winger Gol Gol Mebrahtu.
The 69th minute strike was well deserved for Mebrahtu who was arguably the best on the pitch throughout the contest. Numerous players were making their competitive debuts for the Wanderers, but it was Romeo Castelen who turned the game around with his introduction before his touch put Mebrahtu in on goal.
The flying winger made no mistake, with a calmly placed shot that completely beat Jamie Young. Brisbane had little impact in the second half, their best chances coming from free kicks awarded by the as usual, overzealous refereeing of Kris Griffiths-Jones.
The Roar managed to put the ball in the back of the net once, but the final touch was from an offside player and it was correctly ruled out.
Draw for the Round of 16 will take place tomorrow, at 4pm on Wednesday the 12th, with the full list of winners being: Adelaide United, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, Perth Glory, Wellington Phoenix, along with National Premier League teams Rockdale, Sydney Olympic, Sydney United, Lions FC, Palm Beach, MetroStars, Heidelberg, Hume City & Oakleigh Cannons.