Don’t snooze the alarm this weekend: the Socceroos are set to face off with Argentina at 6 am local time on Sunday (4 December).
Australia is set to make history if it wins this weekend’s World Cup clash in Doha and Canberrans are invited to celebrate.
The Socceroos today became only the second Australian men’s side in history to make it this far through a World Cup – a feat which hasn’t been achieved since 2006.
Mathew Leckie’s goal that secured the side’s 2 am win against Denmark has already, according to some commentators, gone down in the country’s sporting history.
A big screen will be set up outside the Canberra Theatre Centre this weekend for fans to congregate and scream their hearts out in the early morning.
The match is also being screened in public in Melbourne and Sydney this weekend.
Coffee and food options will be open and people are encouraged to bring along their own chair or rug to enjoy the action.
The screening will begin from 5 am.
Venues are also being offered the opportunity to apply for extended trading hours for the match and Access Canberra has set up a streamlined process to allow this to happen quickly and easily.
Under the Liquor Act 2010, a licensee is able to apply to extend the trading hours of a licensed premises for special events.
Minister for Business and Better Regulation Tara Cheyne encouraged Canberrans to support their local while cheering on the Socceroos.
“International sporting events, and particularly World Cups, unite us as a community,” she said.
“Seeing the Socceroos qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup for the first time since 2006 was a special moment – and we want to make it easy for Canberrans to show their support in a big way,” Ms Cheyne said.
“I look forward to seeing Canberrans out in force in their green and gold at the live site in Civic or their local pubs and clubs who open for the occasion.”
Licensed venues can apply to extend trading hours at the Access Canberra website.
A list of venues that will be open for the occasion will be shared on ACT Government social media once it is available.