Western United will continue to grow as the A-League club for the west with a roadshow of home games accessible to supporters of the green and black in metro, regional and rural Victoria for the 2020/2021 A-League season.
United can confirm today that Geelong (GMHBA Stadium) and Ballarat (Mars Stadium) will host a minimum of four matches and two matches respectively.
Six matches will be played in Melbourne, with venue details to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The location for the remaining home fixture of the season is flexible at this stage.
United CEO Chris Pehlivanis said the roadshow approach was the best way the club could bring live football back to as many supporters from across the west.
“We’re the club for the west, and we’re committed to showcasing our A-League home matches to people from all over the west in our infancy,” Pehlivanis said.
“We want everyone from the west to be part of the green and black.
“We listened to our members during the off season and the feedback was consistent – bring some home matches to the west of Melbourne, however as we’re all aware it’s a tougher year than most to plan.
“The challenges the pandemic presents for live sport - the restrictions on capacity and providing a Covid safe environment made determination of the 2020/21 home ground strategy an unenviable task.
“With the Covid restrictions still in place and likely to continue through 2021, the health and safety of our players, staff and fans is the undeniable number one priority.
“The best way we can have the most fans together safely enjoying live football is to play at the safest and most professional stadiums possible that will be leaders in implementing health and safety protocols.”
United fans travelled the west in their inaugural season.
The addition to the 2020/21 season will be having some home matches in a metropolitan venue which will be easier to access for the supporters in the west of Melbourne.
“We’re working hard with the Victorian Government, venue operators, and the FFA to secure a venue for our home matches in Melbourne,” Pehlivanis said.
“We’re hopeful of an imminent solution that’s positive for the United supporters and also for the A-League as a live sport in 2021.”
Western United 2020/21 Membership Packages are on sale now at wufc.memberlink.net.au.
Further details on the fixture to be released by the FFA in the upcoming weeks.