Football fever on rise
WHILE Friday's A-League friendly between Western Sydney and Central Coast Mariners promises a feast for football fans, something even tastier is in the wind.
During a visit to the Coffs Coast this week, Newcastle Jets CEO Mitchell Murphy let slip the strongest tip so far that an A-League competition round will be played at C.ex Coffs International Stadium in 2016.
Murphy said he spoke with Coffs Harbour City Council last Tuesday about the possibility.
"We're going to work overtime with the FFA and business here to bring a fully-fledged A-League game to the stadium next year," he said.
Supporters of the Wanderers and Mariners have been devouring tickets since sales began last week and it's shaping up as close to a full house as possible for the big match on August 7.
Leanne Coad, of Coffs Harbour City Council's Stadium and Major Events section, said tickets were priced with families in mind.
"It's so pleasing to see the event in such high demand," she said.
"It's great to see our community supporting yet another fabulous sporting event at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
"If ticket sales remain solid, we should see a strong crowd on the night."
It's possible more grandstand tickets will become available today if members hadn't taken up their option by yesterday's closing date.
Supporters should go to the TicketDirect Australia website and try their luck.
Full prices are - grandstand (no concession) $20; general admission $10 (adult) and $5 (child 6-14 years) and concession $5.
Normal ticketing fees apply. Gates open at 5.30pm.
Meanwhile, there's a slight possibility Wanderers marquee signing, Italian striker Federico Piovaccari, will be sideline for the match, although he won't be on the field.
Piovaccari, 30, will make his debut four days later in the Westfield FFA Cup match at Penrith against Brisbane, hoping to boost their goal-scoring resources for the next A-League football season.
Available for selection will be new signings, including goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, defenders Scott Jamieson and Scott Neville and midfielders Andreu, Mitch Nichols and Jacob Pepper.
The team will fly in at 4.50pm tomorrow.