The brand new Western Sydney Stadium can be a game-changer for the A-League, even when the Wanderers have a bit of labor to do between now and subsequent season to fill it.
The information that the Wanderers have signed a deal to play all 13 residence video games at Bankwest Stadium subsequent season was the feel-good story the A-League wanted.
Judging from the images alone, the brand new stadium won’t solely be one of the best within the A-League but in addition probably the most superb venues anyplace within the southern hemisphere.
The secure standing terrace will give Bankwest Stadium a serious level of distinction, however even with out it the stadium has all of the components to develop into an much more formidable fortress than the outdated Parramatta Stadium.
Wanderers followers will get the prospect to take a look at the brand new venue when their facet faces English heavyweights Leeds United in a pleasant on July 20. They need to positively take it.
That the Wanderers have lastly introduced plans to maneuver into the venue can in all probability be interpreted one in all two methods.
Firstly, a multimillion-dollar authorities stadium isn’t low cost to construct, and the truth that NRL facet the Parramatta Eels initially baulked at the price of the tenancy settlement in all probability mentioned a lot about how the New South Wales authorities deliberate to claw again building prices.
The Wanderers are little question being charged a reasonably penny to play there as effectively, however the two golf equipment had been all the time going to be the stadium’s anchor tenants, and the truth that the Wanderers deal has solely simply been introduced in all probability had extra to do with the federal government wanting to offer the Eels some clear air to promote tickets.
These will invariably be briefly provide when the primary Sydney derby on the new venue rolls round, however one of the best factor concerning the stadium is that it must be an attraction in itself.
If folks can’t be bothered trying out a floor with the steepest seating rake and little question one of the best ambiance in Australia, then maybe they’re not soccer followers in any respect.
Which brings me, in a roundabout means, to how issues on the Wanderers are at the moment going.
‘Not effectively’ can be the brief reply.
Final October I wrote a column suggesting it was a fantasy that the Wanderers are a well-supported membership and that they languished behind Sydney FC within the metropolis’s pecking order.
Not surprisingly, Wanderers followers didn’t take too kindly to the suggestion, with just a few of them kind of providing me express directions on the place to go.
However right here’s the factor: I used to be proper.
Earlier than final Sunday’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at Spotless Stadium, the Purple and Black Bloc launched a press release to say they might be “current however not lively” for all remaining residence video games at Sydney Olympic Park.
It was a fairly eloquent assertion so far as this stuff go, and the suggestion that A-League video games proceed to be “over-policed” and that stadium bans are “nonetheless not being addressed” definitely has benefit.
However the issue for the RBB is that they’re the fan group equal of the boy who cried wolf.
Having complained about virtually each single facet of supporting a soccer membership, everybody else began tuning them out way back – together with the Wanderers.
And there’s a lingering suspicion that quite a lot of followers who chanted “Wanderers ‘til I die” on the outdated Parramatta Stadium solely to vanish in Homebush, will conspicuously reappear as quickly as the brand new stadium opens.
That’s wonderful – we’re within the leisure enterprise in spite of everything – nevertheless it hardly makes the Wanderers the best-supported membership within the land.
To place it merely, Western Sydney officers must do a little bit of legwork to reconnect with a fan-base that has disappeared into the ether.
Luckily the brand new Bankwest Stadium seems to be so superb it ought to do numerous the onerous work for them.
If the brand new Wanderland doesn’t get you excited concerning the A-League, then nothing will.