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Football for fires event sidelined by global pandemic

The #FootballForFires fund-raising match that had attracted the support of some of the world’s greatest players of the past decade is unable to proceed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoter Lou Sticca, from Tribal Sports Group, who was organising the event in conjunction with Football Federation Australia, said all concerned had accepted the game could not go ahead in the current global state of uncertainty.

Mr Sticca said fans who had purchased tickets for #FootballForFires would receive full refunds.

“While our collective thoughts remain with those devastated by the Australian bushfires last summer, global circumstances have forced us to abandon the Football For Fires game,” Mr Sticca said.

“The health and safety of players and supporters needs to be our priority at this time.

“We were also faced with insurmountable challenges to secure players for international travel and arrival prior to the game, the prospect of mandatory 14-days in isolation, and a reduced stadium capacity for the game.

“We have been left with no alternative but to cancel the event.”

Organizers have thanked those who donated to Red Cross Australia’s fund for Football For Fires, with special mention to donations from Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan), Celtic Football Club (Scotland), Sydney FC, New York Cosmos (USA), Fiorentina (Italy) among others.

Star players from 16 nations, including some of the biggest names in Australian football, had committed to the Football For Fires match that was announced on 28 January after the devastating bushfires of the 2019/20 summer.

The game was originally set down for ANZ Stadium on Saturday 23 May but was re-scheduled for Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 3 October.

All purchased tickets will be fully refunded, with Ticketek to contact all purchasers to advise of the refund process.

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Tigres secures deal for new 65,000 seat stadium

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

The stadium will be based in the heart of San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, and will be replacing the old 42,000 seat stadium, known as Estadio Universitario, The previous stadia has been the home of Tigres since 1967.

The new stadium was presented on Thursday, January 13 at a meeting that included Governor of Nuevo León and Samuel García, through a Memorandum of Understanding to commence construction.

Tigres’ future home was designed by architecture firm Populous and envisioned to be entirely privately financed at a cost of $445 million AUD.

The stadium’s features will include a retractable pitch, as well as being able to host concerts and international sporting events like American football games.

As part of the overall plans, the stadium will include separate changing rooms for Tigres’ men’s and women’s teams, while the exterior stadia complex will complement with a hotel, shopping centre and restaurants. The venue is also intended to act as an incubator for local business, and will also have classrooms catering for the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).

Juego de Pelota principle partner, César Esparza:

“There is going to be another setting for concerts and sport,” he said.

“It is a stadium prepared to host all sports, this stadium will be the postcard of Nuevo León.

“Stadium events will not be expensive for fans, as long as it has that capacity it will allow us to create different price levels for events, becoming inclusive for all people.”

UANL Tigres parent company member, Mauricio Doehner:

“Today Tigres is internationally recognised and we are always striving for more,” he said.

“Of course we deserve a new stadium, it will be the headquarters in this new era. Today, Tigres is not only a benchmark in Mexican soccer, but also on an International stadium. The Estadio Universitario has given greatness to Club Tigres and all the fans, we will honour it forever.”

Melbourne Victory names Marnong Estate as Premier Partner

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men's season.

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men’s season.

Marnong Estate is the Official Naming Rights Partner of the A-Lounge, providing its premium wines in the A-Lounge and Corporate Suite Foyers for tasting sessions, as well as in all Melbourne Victory’s Corporate Suite drinks packages.

As one of Melbourne’s biggest wineries, Marnong Estate also has its own boutique accommodation, as well as being able to host weddings and other functions.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Caroline Carnegie:

“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Marnong Estate and bringing a taste of their premium experience to our match days,” she said.

“Marnong Estate is an incredible facility that contributes to the local community by providing an authentic cultural and historical experience and we would love our members and fans to experience the beautiful views, food and wine as they visit Marnong itself.”

Marnong Estate General Manager, Stewart Malone:

“We are very passionate about wine, hospitality, and agriculture. The other thing we are passionate about is football and there is no greater opportunity for us than to partner with Melbourne Victory and their incredible match day experience,” he said.

“We’re excited to promote our premium wine, amazing dining options and the estate’s farm-to-fork facilities in front of one of the most dedicated fan bases in Australia.”

For more on Marnong Estate, you can find it here.

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