On the back of its resounding 4-1 win against Melbourne Victory last night, the Wellington Phoenix are hoping to draw its largest crowd of the season when they take on the Macarthur Bulls at WIN Stadium this Sunday night – part of an epic football double-header with the Wollongong Wolves on the day.
This match will be particularly special for the Phoenix for several reasons; it will be the third and final match as part of its Wollongong Appreciation Month in March, which has seen the club wear a special red ‘Wollongong strip’ for all three home game – a strip they are currently undefeated in, having won both matches to date.
Even more impressively, the Phoenix have scored a season-high seven goals (while only conceding one) in these matches, playing arguably their two best games of the season in the Wolves red.
In honour of this, the club will both be opening the hill section at WIN Stadium – dubbed the ‘Football South Coast Family Hill’ this Sunday, and will be allowing up to four kids to go free with every paying adult.
Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, says that excitement is building around the Phoenix and what they can achieve for their Wollongong fans this season.
“The response from local fans to our Wollongong Appreciation Month has been great, they love the red strip and what the club has been able to achieve while playing in it,” says Dome.
“And playing a double-header with the Wolves is excellent too; it brings up closer to the community while offering fans unbeatable value for money on their tickets – two football matches for the price of one and kids can go free.”
In addition to the fan initiatives for this match, the Phoenix have also engaged with a local charity – KidzWish, who deliver
s therapy, support work and assisted programs to individual and families with disability needs in the Illawarra region – providing 180 complimentary tickets to clients who have been actively working with the charity.
Dome says that the ideals of giving back and helping families are built into the Phoenix culture.
“Our club is founded on being part of the community and helping others - and our players, coaches and staff have all really bought into that.
“Last the week we donated a whole lot of training kits to a local refugee-focussed community organisation and this initiative is a further extension of that.
“It’s something we put a focus on back in Wellington in previous seasons, so it’s great to be able to deliver on these same ideals in Wollongong as well.”
The Wellington Phoenix take on the Macarthur Bulls in an epic double-header this Sunday at WIN Stadium from 1pm. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.au