Matildas Adelaide Oval match tickets snatched up in record time

Tickets to the highly anticipated Matildas V China match at Adelaide Oval have been snatched up in record time.

Excitement is brewing in South Australia as the upcoming CommBank Matildas match at Adelaide Oval promises to etch its place in history. Set against the backdrop of this iconic 53,500-capacity stadium, the clash against China PR on Friday, May 31, is already generating buzz, with Football Australia confirming that a sell-out crowd is on the horizon.

For the first time ever, Adelaide Oval will play host to the CommBank Matildas in an international friendly against China. The anticipation is palpable, with kick-off slated for 7:40 PM, ensuring a thrilling evening for soccer enthusiasts.

The rush for tickets during the Adelaide Pre-sale period was nothing short of extraordinary, with an astounding 30,000 tickets snapped up within a mere four hours. As the General Public purchase period commenced at 12.00pm yesterday, it was no surprise that all currently available tickets were swiftly claimed.

“We’re thrilled but not surprised to see tickets for the CommBank Matildas match selling so quickly,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.

“They really are the hottest ticket in town, and South Australians deserve their chance to see our national team.

“This is also a great opportunity to attract more visitors to our state at a time of year when our major event calendar is traditionally quieter.”

This match comes hot on the heels of the CommBank Matildas’ triumphant performance at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, where they captured the hearts of fans nationwide. Their success has translated into sold-out stadiums across Australia, and now, Adelaide Oval stands poised to welcome its one millionth spectator to witness the CommBank Matildas in action on home soil since 2017.

The Adelaide showdown marks one of the final opportunities for fans to catch Australia’s women’s national football team live before they embark on their journey to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The significance of this event isn’t lost on those familiar with South Australia’s sporting landscape. The last time the CommBank Matildas graced South Australian soil was during an international friendly against Chile in November 2019, where a then-record attendance of 10,342 filled Hindmarsh Stadium.

Notably, the last encounter between China and Adelaide was a sold-out spectacle against England at Hindmarsh Stadium during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Drawing an impressive 53.9 million viewers in China alone, it solidified Adelaide’s reputation as a formidable host for international sporting events.

Beyond the realm of sports, the upcoming match promises to inject a significant boost into the South Australian economy. With the match set to stimulate visitation to the city during the onset of winter—a traditionally quieter period for tourism—it presents a golden opportunity for local businesses and hospitality establishments to thrive.

Moreover, hosting China’s women’s football team serves as a strategic move to attract attention from one of the state’s key markets. With visitors from China having contributed a substantial $77 million to South Australia’s economy in the year ending September 2023—making it the state’s fourth-largest market—the match offers a platform to showcase the region’s charm and hospitality to a global audience.

“Major events like this put South Australia in the international spotlight and showcase our beautiful state to the world while boosting South Australian businesses,” Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said.

“There’s no doubt the CommBank Matildas have inspired the nation with their exciting brand of football and I’m so excited that Adelaide gets a chance to host them before they head to Paris for their Olympic campaign.

“Their visit to South Australia is not only good for the fans but also good for the tourism sector, as people flock to the city booking out accommodation and hospitality venues and the eyes of one of our key markets are on our state.”

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