Calling all football fans to set A-League crowd record for second time

Rachel Ziv 12 February 2018 5
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United

After drawing a record crowd last November, soccer fans across the capital have another chance to prove their devotion to the sport with another A-League match at GIO Stadium on Sunday 5th February.

It is the second and last local A-League game of the season, and will be the last one forever unless Canberrans vote with their feet and head to the game.

With the W-League semi-final between Canberra United and Melbourne City kicking off at the ground at 8pm, it will be an evening of elite football action in the capital (the United game was originally scheduled for 2pm but has been moved due to the heat). The high profile women’s teams will be vying for a spot in the national league grand final but only one team has the home ground advantage.

After seven straight years of no A-League matches, the ACT Government and Capital Football struck a deal with the Central (aka Capital) Coast Mariners to bring football back to the ACT with two home matches this season. If the games prove successful, it paves the way for A-League to make a permanent return to Canberra.

With a strong belief that Canberrans will come through for the team and sport as a whole, Ivan Slavich, Business Development Ambassador for the Central Coast Mariners says, “Please – show your commitment by coming on February 5. If you do, A-League can return next season.

“The GWS Giants draw a crowd of over 10,000. With soccer being the number one organised participation sport in Canberra, I’m confident we can top that.”

This second game has the Central Coast Mariners taking on Adelaide United (who won the comp last year). They’re pretty evenly placed so it should be a competitive, high-scoring game.

“We had a record crowd at the last game,” says Ivan. “We broke records. But I want to break them again. I know we can do better.”

In an effort to support parents in bringing their soccer-loving children, adults will receive four free junior tickets for every one adult ticket purchased.

“Kids love the sport and they absolutely love watching elite teams play, so we want to support parents in making that happen. We’ve also had a high take-up of corporate boxes from an array of esteemed local organisations.”

Those wishing to enquire about corporate boxes can call Ivan on 0414 514 555 or email

Central Coast Mariners will play Adelaide United on Sunday 5th February at GIO Stadium at 5pm. Tickets are from $15.00 and are available through Ticketek or at the gate.

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5 Responses to Calling all football fans to set A-League crowd record for second time
dungfungus dungfungus 12:28 pm 30 Jan 17

Some insight into this issue here:

Some of the comments are worth noting.

It appears that the ACT government are paying FFA several hundred thousand dollars for the right to stage these matches in Canberra for the Gosford based team and according to today’s Canberra Times the gate proceeds from the coming match all go to the Mariners.

What economic benefit does this bring to Canberra? The people of Gosford must be laughing all the way to the bank.

This includes the proceeds that would normally go to the Canberra United women’s team who are now competition premiers (well done ladies).

The attendance figures will include the Canberra United supporters too.

Canberra United are not happy as the FFA has forced them to play away from Mackellar which was to be a hard earned home ground advantage in the first semi-final.

We should be supporting the interests of our own Canberra United team instead of blow-ins from out of town.

dungfungus dungfungus 11:37 pm 29 Jan 17

It’s a bad time to have a soccer match in Canberra,

A lot of people will still be on holidays and those who are just returning will be skint.

I can’t see more than 5,000 turning up for this event – neither of the teams have any connection with Canberra and they are not at the top of the table either.

I have to applaud Ivan’s enthusiasm for the game but an A league team for Canberra is never going to happen.

Chris Mordd Richards Chris Mordd Richards 9:43 pm 29 Jan 17

I would go but ppl seem to hate it when I applaud the refs and heckle the players, instead of the other way around. Former football (soccer) ref of 7yrs standing, what else am I going to do? ROFL

Steve Chivers Steve Chivers 8:47 am 29 Jan 17

Come on Canberra, there’s nearly 400,000 of us and we can’t even fill a 20,000 cap. stadium unless a team we’ve had for 20 years makes it to the finals (NRL)!! What exactly are we doing on Sundays anyway? Going to Westfield to buy more c$&p we don’t need?! Watching Better Homes and Gardens? Wasting 30L of fuel driving to the coast and back? If you’ll watch the World Cup on TV, get behind an A-League club for Canberra!

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 7:58 pm 27 Jan 17

Must be a typo somewhere because Ticketek prices start from $25.40 plus the $5.50 service fee regardless where you purchase it. Kids are free though.

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