Australia 2015 has announced that five cities will host games during the country’s staging of the Asian Cup, with Sydney’s 84,000-seat Stadium Australia set to stage the tournament final.
Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Newcastle have also been awarded host city status for the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) showpiece national team competition. Melbourne Rectangular Stadium will host the opening ceremony as well as Australia’s first match of the tournament. Stadium Australia will also stage a semi-final, along with the 33,000-capacity Newcastle Stadium.
Local organising committee CEO, Michael Brown, said: “The Asian Cup in Australia will be a three week, 32 match festival of football culminating in the final at Stadium Australia on January 31. We are pleased to have now locked in five top class venues for the competition and finalised the match schedule. This will allow the detailed planning for the event to progress on schedule to ensure Asian Cup Australia 2015 is a world-class event and maintains Australia’s international reputation as a great host for the world’s best sporting contests.”
AFC Asian Cup 2015 organising committee chairman HRH Prince Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah added: “The AFC is very impressed with the standard of facilities in Australia and we look forward to seeing the best football Asia has to offer being played out on the pitches. From the opening game in Melbourne to the final in Sydney and the important games in Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle, we are pleased football fans from different regions will get to see all of the best teams. I am sure the AFC Asian Cup 2015 will have a tremendous impact in Australia and help to further grow football.”