SFS to host A-League grand final
Football Federation Australia has confirmed the A-League grand final will be held at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday, February 24 with kick-off at 5pm AEDT.
It is the first time the A-League grand final has not been played at the home ground of the first team to qualify for the showcase event.
The Central Coast Mariners, who are based at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, qualified for the decider with a 3-2 aggregate win over Newcastle Jets in the major semi-final last Sunday.
The Mariners will meet either the Jets or Queensland Roar, who face off in the preliminary final this Sunday, in the decider.
FFA recently narrowed the possible grand final venues down to two, the SFS or ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.
It was decided neither Bluetongue Stadium (20,000) nor EnergyAustralia Stadium (26,000) had significant capacity to host the marquee game of the season.
FFA chief executive Ben Buckley said the FFA had received assurances from the SCG Trust that car park places would be available for football patrons on the day, despite a one-day international cricket match being held simultaneously at the SCG.
"The precinct will be busy but it will also be vibrant and it's a good opportunity for Sydney to show that it can cope with two significant sporting events in the same vicinity at the same time," said Buckley.
Buckley added that NSW Transport will schedule additional train services from Gosford, as well as bus services from Central Station for patrons.
The SFS, which has a capacity of 45,500, hosted the inaugural A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners in 2006.