Adelaide ready to host Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier

21 March 2016

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

The Caltex Socceroos have touched down in Adelaide ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifying match versus Tajikistan at Adelaide Oval this Thursday.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier would be a significant event for Adelaide and encouraged fans to support their football heroes.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Caltex Socceroos to Adelaide for the first time in almost five years and already more than 26,000 people have bought tickets to the game,” Mr Bignell said.

“There are plenty of opportunities for football enthusiasts to see our national squad in action this week.

“Tomorrow is Fan Day and I encourage families to get to Adelaide Oval from 4pm for free activities including photo opportunities with the Asian Cup trophy and goal-shooting practice before open training at 5pm.

“Children can also meet some of their sporting heroes I hope they will be inspired to play the game and follow in the footsteps of former Para Hills’ player Ryan McGowan who is now a regular in the Socceroos line up.

“On Thursday the Socceroos take on Tajikistan in a bid to retain their position at the top of Asia’s Group B.

“Since the Socceroos last played here, the Adelaide Oval has undergone its $535 million transformation.

“This is a world-class stadium and I am confident the players and the fans will thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere here in the heart of the city.

“We will also see the city embrace the Socceroos’ arrival this week with the Footbridge, Town Hall and Adelaide Oval all lit up in gold from today.

“This match is another great example of how events generate excitement and tourism activity for South Australia. National and international tourism expenditure has reached a record $5.6 billion across the State.

“Beyond the supporters at the stadium on Thursday, football fans across the nation and world will be watching the game via broadcast on Fox Sports and SBS.”

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