A-League champions Melbourne Victory will return to Geelong in 2016 to take on the Central Coast Mariners at Simonds Stadium.
The title-winning Victory will meet the Mariners on January 8 for what will be the second instalment of a three-year deal between the City of Greater Geelong and the Andrews Labor Government. A deal brokered by the clubs means the Mariners will be the “home team”, and Victory doesn’t lose a game in Melbourne.
Melbourne Victory is preparing its title defence, after Kevin Muscat’s men claimed a third A-League crown in May, but the Mariners have a point to prove after finishing the season in ninth place.
Geelong’s adopted A-League locals are still chasing success in the regional centre, failing to pick up a point in last season’s historic match. A crowd of 21,289 braved searing heat to pack Simonds Stadium and watch Perth Glory prevail, 2-1.
Events like A-League blockbusters mean more tourists for Geelong and a stronger local economy. The Labor Government is ensuring Geelong can host the big events all year round, by committing to a $70 million landmark redevelopment of Simonds Stadium.
The Labor Government is elevating Kardinia Park to trust status, giving the venue a new life and a secure future. Soon, Simonds Stadium will stand alongside the MCG as one of Australia’s great stadiums.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Sport, Jenny Mikakos
“A thriving regional centre like Geelong deserves the biggest sporting events, and there’s no bigger A-League club than Melbourne Victory.”
“We’re getting on with transforming Simonds Stadium into one of the world’s great arenas, giving Geelong the world-class venue it deserves.”
“Events like A-League blockbusters means more visitors to Geelong, and that means jobs and a stronger local economy.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020