PILA’s Soccer Goals in the Limelight at Official Asian Cup Venue Hunter Stadium
Next year’s Asian Cup is an outstanding opportunity to showcase Australia as a world-class host for major sporting events with 45,000 international visitors expected along with live television coverage viewed by millions globally. And in a huge coup for regional Australia, Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium has been selected as one of the 5 venues, and the only NSW venue aside from Sydney. Newcastle will host 4 of the 32 matches, including the second semi-final and the 3rd v 4th play-off, with the final to be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
Selection to host key Asian Cup matches was met with positive responses. Venues NSW Chair John Quayle said: “I’m confident that Hunter Stadium will ensure that fans experience and enjoy our world class facilities during the Asian Cup”.
Frank Lowy AC Chairman of the Local Organising Committee AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 stated: “I am particularly pleased to see the tournament branch out to one of Australia’s best regional cities as the whole greater Hunter region is a strong football heartland.”
And NSW Minister for Sport Graham Annesley said “successive FIFA World Cup campaigns have positioned Australia on the world football stage, and I’m confident both Stadium Australia and Newcastle Stadium will ensure fans experience and enjoy these world class facilities during the Asian Cup.”
Hunter Stadium has recently undergone a major upgrade increasing its capacity to 33,000 with the state-of-the-art $81 million Western Grandstand completed in 2011. The new stand has all the features expected of an elite level stadium with corporate suites, media facilities, function rooms and player change rooms.
Additionally they have invested in PILA’s Soccer Stadium Pack with senior semi-permanent goal posts, free hanging net supports and senior box nets. These international grade soccer goals are compliant with FFA, FIFA, European and Australian standards as required for competition level.
It will be exciting to watch as Australia competes against the other 15 teams for the tournament’s first place and hence qualification for the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup in Russia. PILA wishes the Socceroos every success.
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