The 2018/19 A-League campaign kicks off this weekend.
Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea are set to play on Australian soil this July, having today confirmed details of a game at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
The UK football heroes will play local A-League side, Perth Glory, at Optus Stadium on Monday 23 July 2018.
The game is expected to draw in over 60,000 fans, including a significant number of interstate and overseas punters wanting to see the Australian-exclusive match for themselves.
Former Chelsea and Australia’s most capped international player, Mark Schwarzer was at Optus Stadium today for the announcement: “This venue is truly spectacular, I know the team will be hugely excited to be the first Premier League club to play here.
“There are thousands of passionate Chelsea supporters across Australia and south-east Asia. I’d encourage them to come and watch the team play at this world-class venue and take some extra time to enjoy the very best of Perth and Western Australia.”
Chelsea Football Club Chairman, Bruce Buck added that the match would be an exciting opportunity for the squad to visit supporters: “We will be taking a strong squad to Perth as we prepare for the 2018/19 season. Of course, we have a long way to go in the current campaign but we can already look forward to an exciting pre-season.
“Optus Stadium will be a fantastic and fitting venue for us to visit our passionate Asia Pacific supporters once more and take part in an entertaining match against Perth Glory.”
While Optus Stadium CEO, Mike McKenna said: “Optus Stadium has been open for less than a month and has already had nearly 180,000 visitors attend three sold-out events, receiving rave reviews along the way.
“We can’t wait to welcome Chelsea in July, they are one of the biggest international football clubs with millions of fans around the world. To have the team play an Australian-exclusive match in our new Stadium is a huge coup for the State.
“We look forward to welcoming thousands of West Australians plus visitors from interstate and overseas to Perth for this match.”
Ticket onsale times:
General Public Onsale – Thursday 15 February at 10am (local time)
Tickets for Chelsea v Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday 23 July 2018 will go on sale via Ticketmaster.com.au.