Marconi Stadium

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Marconi Stadium
Location Marconi Rd, Bossley Park
Coordinates 33°51′49″S 150°52′49″E / 33.863485°S 150.880362°E / -33.863485; 150.880362Coordinates: 33°51′49″S 150°52′49″E / 33.863485°S 150.880362°E / -33.863485; 150.880362
Capacity 9000
Field size 120m x 88m
Surface Grass
Opened 1972
Tenants
Marconi Stallions, Western Sydney Wanderers

Marconi Stadium is a soccer stadium in Sydney, Australia. It is the home ground for Marconi Stallions, as well as regularly hosting matches for the Western Sydney Wanderers FC National Youth League and W-League teams.

History[edit]

Marconi Stadium was built in 1972 with a capacity of 11,500. The stadium was originally built as home of the NSL club Marconi Stallions. The stadium has hosted rugby league internationals in the past, now Marconi Stadium hosts NSW Premier League matches the competition in which Marconi Stallions compete in. Marconi Stadium hosted the 2006 NSW Premier League final between Sydney United and Blacktown City.

In November 2006, Berti Mariani ran for election to the board, on a platform of Marconi Stallions making a bid to join the A-League, and rebuilding Marconi Stadium into suitable venue.[1] As Mariani was not elected, there are no current plans to rebuild the ground.

The venue was used as a training camp for Australia as part of their preparation for their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

In 2007, the stadium hosted a match in which Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola made a guest appearance in a game between APIA Leichhardt Tigers and the Marconi Stallions.

The ground record crowd for Marconi Stadium was set in 1993 when 14,220 fans attended to see the Australian under-20's take on the Brazil under-20's side in a warm up game for the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Australia later that year.[2]

On Saturday 27 September 2014, a W-League Sydney Derby match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC resulted in a record W-League regular season crowd of 3,084 to watch Sydney FC win the match 2-0.

Use outside of football[edit]

In 1996, the stadium hosted a Rugby League sevens match between Italy & Lebanon.

In October 2009, the stadium hosted the rugby league Mediterranean Cup.

Current capacity[edit]

The current capacity of the ground is reduced heavily. The eastern stand is disused by the club because the ground foundations have washed away, and the terrace . Mount Pritchard[clarification needed] have purchased the stands themselves, they have recently been removed resulting from the stadium capacity decrease from 11500 to now 9000.

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