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Two Sydney stadiums open as live sites for Matildas World Cup semifinal clash against England

The Matildas have touched down in Sydney ahead of their highly anticipated Women’s World Cup semifinal clash against England, as the NSW government confirms two stadiums will be opened as live sites for the upcoming match.

Dozens of fans greeted the team at Sydney airport on Sunday afternoon, a day after their historic win against France in the quarterfinal.

The Matildas defeated Les Bleus 7-6 in a dramatic sudden-death penalty shootout at Brisbane stadium on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters at the airport, Matildas captain Sam Kerr said the side had not celebrated their win, saying “we’ve got work to do”.

The blockbuster semifinal will take place at Stadium Australia in Olympic Park on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd of 80,000 people.

Sam Kerr arrives at Sydney Airport, saying the team still has “work to do”.(AAP: Flavio Brancaleone )

The state government has announced the Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park and the Western Sydney Stadium in Parramatta will open as live sites to the public for the match.

NSW Premier Chris Minns said the government has applied for the rights and access to screen the match at both stadiums.

“This is an opportunity to get behind the national side,” he said.

“To the people of New South Wales, you’ll never get an opportunity in our lifetime to have such a massive sporting event on our shores, so don’t miss it.

“Get behind the Matildas.”

a group of matilda soccer fans wait at the airport for the team as they wave flags and banners

Fans welcome the Matildas at Sydney Airport.(AAP: Flavio Brancaleone)

Ticketing information will be confirmed on Monday.

The premier said the site outside the stadium at Homebush had experienced some problems and “spreading” the crowds across Sydney would make it easier to manage and alleviate the pressure on public transport.

“Last night [Saturday] the two games were separated by a couple of hours, so the Matilda’s crowd could come in at five o’clock at night even though it was an extended game,” he said.

“The clash between England and Colombia was over a couple of hours later, so we can manage crowds and public transport a little bit easier, but we can’t do that on the same night if you’re expecting 80,000 in the stadium and thousands outside as well.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-08-13/sydney-stadiums-live-site-matildas-v-england-world-cup-semifinal/102724644 Two Sydney stadiums open as live sites for Matildas World Cup semifinal clash against England

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