Socceroos return to Adelaide for World Cup qualifier

29 November 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

In a huge coup for South Australia, the Socceroos will take on Saudi Arabia in a crucial clash at Adelaide Oval as part of their quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

It is a critical match for the Socceroos with Saudi Arabia currently sitting on top of the group on equal points with Japan, with Australia third. The top two nations will qualify for to the 2018 World Cup with the third having to compete in a play-off.

The Socceroos will take part in an Adelaide training camp in the week before the game, which is the third of five final-round Group B qualifying matches.

The Socceroos last played a FIFA World Cup qualifier at Adelaide Oval on March 24 this year, with 35,439 fans there to see them defeat Tajikistan 7- 0.

The June 8 match will be broadcast to a national audience on Fox Sports and Nine Go and seen by an audience of millions.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
It’s fantastic to see the Socceroos heading back to South Australia for another crucial game on their path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

This match further strengthens South Australia’s reputation for securing world-class events and proves Adelaide Oval continues to be a massive drawcard.

In recent weeks we have announced the Oval will host both the Mundine v Green boxing rematch on February 3 and the Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm NRL game on June 24. On the weekend, more than 125,000 people enjoyed the Day/Night Test at Adelaide Oval.

Today’s announcement is another great example of how events generate excitement and tourism activity for South Australia. We were recently named Australia’s Best Events State for the second consecutive year and the State’s visitor economy is at a record $5.95 billion and we expect this figure will continue to grow.

I encourage all fans to not only head along to the game but to watch the Socceroos prepare in Adelaide during their training camp.

In this year’s State Budget we provided an extra $10 million to soccer clubs to install artificial pitches to help meet the growing for demand for facilities for girls, boys and women who are flocking to soccer in recent numbers.

The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.

Pre-sale tickets are available tomorrow from 4pm through Ticketek. General public tickets will be available from December 5.

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