WESTERN Sydney Wanderers fans can travel to the team's home games on public transport for free, thanks to integrated ticketing arrangements between the state government and the club.
Details of the new system were revealed on Friday, when the club also announced its inaugural captain, Michael Beauchamp. Parramatta state Liberal MP Geoff Lee said to attract people to the area, they should not have to buy tickets to the game plus transport on top.
"I think it's wonderful the state government is able to recognise the club is going to be big in western Sydney and want to look after them," he said. "It's why the integrated ticketing system is important, so people don't have to worry about catching public transport." The free public transport will be provided as a part of all tickets and memberships for home games at Parramatta Stadium.
Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman said the club was all about its members, community engagement and value it could add. "For us to be in partnership with the state government that can provide free travel for our fans from as far as Lithgow, Goulburn and Bomaderry is a testament to our commitment to add that value," he said.
"A lot of times globally clubs add the cost into the membership, but we haven't done that, it's a genuine commitment." Gorman said it was important for fans to become members to guarantee their seats at home games, with tickets already selling fast and seats becoming scarce for non-members.
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