Central Coast Mariners will bring A League action to North Sydney Oval for the very first time in the upcoming season. The Mariners have switched their Thursday night encounter with Wellington Phoenix on 19th December in a move designed to entice workers on their way home. An estimated 60,000 people commute from the Central Coast region to Sydney each day, making it hard for many fans to get back to Gosford in time for a 7.30pm kick off.
Mariners’ majority owner Michael Charlesworth also cited his clubs’ strong support in Sydney’s north as a major factor in relocating the fixture.
Football is the participation sport of choice in Sydney’s northern suburbs with tens of thousands of active male and female players. We want to connect emotionally with football fans who are not already aligned with the Mariners to build on the fantastic supporter base that is already alive in the area. With 20 per cent of our Members living in Sydney’s northern suburbs we already regard the region as an extension of Mariner territory. We want to encourage even more supporters from the area to routinely make the short trip up the freeway to see our team in action, so we’ve decided to take a game to them.
For Central Coast based fans the club will arrange return coach travel from Gosford for $10.00. Members will also be offered discounted entry to the game. Tickets are priced from $10.00 for juniors and $25.00 for families and are already available for purchase.