The first ever #SydneyDerby to be held at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium has been rescheduled for Friday 28th February, 2020 and will kick off at 8pm.
The Hyundai A-League’s showpiece match was postponed last Saturday due to an unplayable pitch after Sydney experienced torrential rain and extreme weather conditions.
The decision means Sydney FC’s home game against Wellington Phoenix which was originally scheduled for Friday 28th February will now be played on Wednesday 18th March at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium at 7.45pm.
Steve Corica’s men will now face a busy period with eight games in just over a month, starting with next week’s AFC Champions League trip to Japan to face Yokohama F. Marinos.
It’s a schedule the Head Coach believes his squad can cope with.
“The boys will tell you they love playing games. That’s what football is all about and there’s no better way to train than to be playing games at a high level and high intensity,” said Corica.
“It will all be about how the players prepare and recover and we have a first-class high-performance unit who will do everything they can to ensure our boys will recover, as well as a very professional squad of players.
“There’s no hiding the fact it will take a big effort from everyone but that’s what we are about at this club and it’s a challenge we are looking forward to.
“We’ve had a good break and enjoyed a bit of a rest in recent weeks so we are ready to go again, and it’s always good to get into a rhythm of playing games.”
Derby tickets are already on sale and those purchased for the original match last Saturday will still be valid for the re-arranged fixture on February 28, while full refunds will be given to those who cannot make the new date.
Those fans who bought tickets for the Wellington Phoenix game are advised that they will be valid for the re-arranged Wellington Phoenix fixture on March 18. Wellington Phoenix tickets will not be valid for the February 28 Western Sydney fixture.
All ticket holders will be contacted directly by Ticketek by email who will outline their refund options.
Sydney FC Chief Executive Danny Townsend believes the correct outcome has been achieved and thanked those who have made the fixture possible.
“We made the right decision to postpone the match on Saturday due to the conditions and I think we’ve achieved the best outcome possible under the circumstances to give as many people as possible a chance to attend.
“I’d like to thank Fox Sports, Football Federation Australia, Wellington Phoenix, Western Sydney Wanderers, Cronulla Sharks and Georges River Council for their help and support in allowing this game to take place.
“Now it’s our job to ensure it remains the showpiece for the Hyundai A-League and put on a fantastic evening of entertainment.”
The Sky Blues face a Sunday trip to the Central Coast Mariners sandwiched in between a match against Yokohama and the new Sydney Derby date, before facing Jeonbuk Hyundai at home and Melbourne Victory away.