The NSW Government and English football club Arsenal have announced the match dates for the London club’s Sydney tour, with two games in July 2017 to attract local and international fans of the Premier League giants.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the Gunners will be playing Sydney FC on Thursday 13 July 2017, and the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 15 July 2017.
“Football fans around Australia and the world can get these dates in their diary, and book their trip to Sydney for two blockbuster matches,” Mr Ayres said.
“The atmosphere will be electric with Arsenal bringing their first team squad to go head-to-head with our two top sides.
“We can’t wait to welcome Arsenal to our shores in just over 12 months’ time for the two matches – which are expected to attract more than 28,000 domestic and international visitors to NSW, with a total visitor spend of $18.6 million.
“Tickets to the games at ANZ Stadium will go on sale on 19 July 2016, and I encourage all sports fans to come to Sydney and enjoy our great State.
“The Arsenal tour is a great partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and has been secured exclusively for Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.
Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis said the Club was looking forward to the matches.
“Our pre-season matches enable the squad to complete final preparations ahead of a new campaign, and Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers will provide a strong test for the team,” Mr Gazidis said.
“The trip also gives our travelling squad a wonderful opportunity to see our loyal supporters in a country so passionate about football; it’s set to be a truly special trip and everyone at Arsenal Football Club is already looking forward to it.”
More information on the tour can be found at: www.arsenalinsydney.com