Sydney stadiums to screen Women’s World Cup semi-final

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Wednesday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final clash between Australia and England will be screened at two major stadiums in Sydney as football fever grips the host nation.

The match, which kicks off at 8pm local time, will take place at Stadium Australia (also known as Accor Stadium) in front of a sellout crowd.

Any fans unable to secure a ticket for the match will be able to watch on big screens at Western Sydney Stadium (CommBank Stadium, pictured) and Sydney Football Stadium (Allianz Stadiu).

The New South Wales Government has applied for the required licences and will open the two stadiums as additional screening sites. Gates will open at 6.30pm, 90 minutes before the match kicks off.

Tickets will not be required to enter the stadiums, with fans able to enter the stadiums for free until seating capacity is reached. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

The winner of the Australia vs England match will face Sweden or Spain in Sunday’s World Cup final, which will also be held at Stadium Australia.

Australia is co-hosting the Women’s World Cup alongside New Zealand, which failed to progress beyond the group stages of the tournament. So far, the tournament has sold 1.75 million tickets across 64 games.

Wednesday’s match will mark Australia’s first ever appearance in a World Cup semi-final. The team’s quarter-final win over France on Saturday attracted a crowd of 49,461 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Chris Minns, New South Wales Premier, said: “The Matildas’ run at this FIFA World Cup has captured the nation; their quarter-final win was the highest rating TV event since Cathy Freeman’s 400m gold medal run at the Sydney Olympic Games.

“We’re opening up more big screens at Western Sydney Stadium and the Sydney Football Stadium – we want to give NSW every chance to break that viewing record. This is a once-in-a generation moment in Australian sport, and I want as many people as possible to be able to share in the excitement of the match in front of big screens with a community atmosphere.”