PILA’s Stadium Goal Posts on the World Stage as MCG Hosts Soccer Friendlies
While the MCG is better known for cricket and as the venue for the AFL Grand Final, it has more than a century of history hosting soccer as well. From the first match played in 1912 there have been a variety of games ranging from friendlies to World Cup qualifiers and Olympic competition. Some of the best teams in the world have played at the MCG including Manchester United, Brazil, Argentina and Liverpool. And this year the Victorian Government has lured reigning European champions and FIFA Club of the 20th Century, Real Madrid, along with the world’s current best player, Cristiano Ronaldo.
International Champions Cup
Previously confined to North America, the International Champions Cup has expanded to include Australia for 2015, bringing three of the biggest names in European club football – Real Madrid, Manchester City and AS Roma. They will play an exclusive three-match round robin tournament at the MCG from 18 – 25 July, using PILA’s new international broadcasting standard Stadium football goal posts.
PILA’s Stadium football goal posts are specifically designed for elite level televised events. In order to comply with FIFA’s regulations, football goal posts in televised games are required to have black free hanging net support posts (as opposed to the more common white ones). PILA’s Stadium goal posts meet Australian and international standards and have already proven popular with Football NSW choosing them for their Valentine Sports Park fields.
With their new turf and new goals, the MCG is set to welcome these elite teams and put on a spectacular show.