The Western Sydney Wanderers today confirmed they will play the bulk of their games out of Parramatta Stadium for the next five years.
Club bosses unveiled the new tenancy agreement at Parramatta Stadium, along with the team’s new away strip and the announcement of new shirtfront major sponsor, NRMA Insurance.
Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman said the key factor powering the decision was the fans, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the team being based in Parramatta.
‘‘This was the fans' number one option and it places us right in the middle of the western Sydney region,’’ Mr Gorman said.
Sports Minister Graham Annesley praised the club’s decision saying Parramatta Stadium was the ideal multi-purpose rectangular venue to host the new team.
‘‘This is a huge economic boost for the area and I’m sure Parramatta Stadium will provide a fantastic atmosphere with bigger and better things to come.’’
Later in the presentation Wanderers fullback Tarek Elrich ended speculation about the club’s inaugural away strip by unveiling a sharp-looking red and white hoops jersey.
He said the hoop design was new to the A-League and would make the team stand out against other rival clubs.
Last night the Wanderers played their first official club match with a 5-0 friendly win over Nepean FC.
Former Sydney FC junior and Wanderers trialist Joey Gibbs stole the show with four goals after Labinot Haliti had opened the scoring in the 43rd minute.
The Wanderers’ next trial match will be against the Blacktown Spartans at Blacktown International Sportspark on Wednesday, August 1.
- See a interview with Tarek Elrich online at http://youtu.be/IaGi1phmilI .