The revitalised Newcastle Jets go from strength to strength with the announcement they will host Los Angeles Galaxy featuring David Beckham in a marquee friendly on November 27.
Under new ownership, the Jets have launched a string of community and promotional initiatives, and bringing the world's most famous football identity to the Newcastle is the icing on the cake as the club seeks to re-engage fans.
Newcastle's existing fixture on November 27, a local derby against Central Coast Mariners, will be rescheduled to make way for the exhibition match, which falls after Galaxy's Major League Soccer season.
Galaxy, who also feature United States star Landon Donovan, proved hugely popular on a trip to Sydney in 2007 and should sell out EnergyAustralia Stadium if they attract a similar level of interest this time around.
"We will be making sure families and young footballers have the opportunity to be exposed to this once in a lifetime chance to see one of the world's premier footballers in action. Tickets will go on sale in a staged manner, with our original and very loyal Season ticket holders and Members the first to be able to secure their seats," said Ken Edwards, recently appointed Executive Chairman of the Newcastle Jets.
"This will be followed by new family season ticket holders who have joined following our great ticketing offers and then the general public. We encourage people interested in tickets or corporate hospitality to register their interest via the Jets website. This is such an exciting time for the Jets and the football family, we can't wait to roll out our next stage."
Minister for the Hunter Jodi McKay said she is excited not only about the tourism opportunities this presents but also the economic and general exposure benefits to the Hunter.
"This is fantastic news for football fans and for tourism in the Hunter. The phenomenal global interest in David Beckham, World Cup hero Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy team means Newcastle and the Jets will be in the spotlight for sports enthusiasts from around the world," said Minister McKay.
"There's sure to be a great deal of global media interest in David, Landon and the LA Galaxy visit to Newcastle and in the game itself. It's sure to generate interest in Australia and around the world for the Hunter as a great place to spend time."