CommBank Matildas and Canada to headline opening of new Sydney Football Stadium

The Commonwealth Bank Matildas are set to make history by becoming the first football team to play in Sydney’s new state-of-the-art Allianz Stadium when they take on Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions and world number six, the Canada, Tuesday, September 6.

The encounter will mark the first time Australia will face Canada at home in 14 years when the Commonwealth Bank Matildas beat the Canadian Women’s National Team, 2-1, at Sydney’s Old Football Stadium on May 23, 2008, the site of the brand- new Allianz stadium.

Football Australia CEO James Johnson said: “It’s only fitting that the Commonwealth Bank Matildas are the first football team to play at the new Allianz Stadium as this state-of-the-art facility will host the Women’s Championship. FIFA World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™.

“Football enthusiasts, Matildas fans and event-goers are in for a treat on September 6, when Australia’s most popular women’s national team, the Commonwealth Bank Matildas, welcome another high-quality team to the Canada as we continue to play the highest caliber of nations in preparation for next year’s tournament.”

“It will also create a true ‘I was there’ feeling, with fans in attendance able to experience this world-class venue and forever boast of having seen the first-ever football match at the new Allianz Stadium.

“We once again thank the Government of New South Wales for their strong support for the way of football, especially our national teams, and the very exciting FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New South Wales. Zeeland 2023™.”

This important women’s international friendly match between two of the world’s top football teams is one of three major sporting events that will mark the opening of Sydney’s new world-class sports and entertainment venue, the Allianz Stadium, on a five-day period in early September.

The Allianz Stadium Festival of Codes begins with the famous NRL rivalry between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday 2 September. The following night, Saturday September 3, the Wallabies host defending Rugby World Cup winners South Africa, with the much-anticipated match between Commonwealth Bank Matildas and Canada rounding out the proceedings.

New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Sport, Stuart Ayres, said: “The new state-of-the-art Allianz Stadium will be a centerpiece of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, which will be one of the most major sporting events in the world next year. There’s no better way to christen the country’s new soccer home than with our mighty Matildas taking on Olympic champions Canada.

Hayley Raso of Australia celebrates with her team mates after scoring a goal during the Women's International Friendly match between Australia Matildas and New Zealand at GIO Stadium on April 12, 2022 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Hayley Raso of Australia celebrates with her team mates after scoring a goal during the Women’s International Friendly match between Australia Matildas and New Zealand at GIO Stadium on April 12, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

“Having a world-class stadium at the heart of a thriving sporting, entertainment and hospitality district at the forefront of the CBD positions Sydney as the events capital of Australia. This will provide opportunities for the NSW Government, through Destination NSW, to secure more marquee events like this to achieve our goal of making NSW the leading tourism economy in Asia-Pacific.

The September 6 fixture is part of a two-match home series between the two national teams, with the city and venue for the first match scheduled for September 3 to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the match will go on presale for football account holders at 2:00 p.m. AEST on Thursday 23 June 2022, with the general public ticket window opening at 1:00 p.m. AEST on Wednesday 29 June 2022 from www.ticketek.com.au

$1 (plus GST) from every ticket sold will be donated to the ParaMatildas, Australia’s first-ever CP women’s national team for female footballers with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms of a stroke. Ticketing information can be found on the official Commonwealth Bank Matildas website at www.matildas.com.au

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MATCH DETAILS:

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Canada
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Kick-off: time to be determined
Football account presale: 2:00 p.m. AEST Thursday, June 23, 2022
On-sale to the general public: 1:00 p.m. AEST Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au
*Kick-off time and upcoming broadcast information

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