Finals may move to Homebush

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Strong starts to the season for the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC have both sides firmly at the top of the A-league ladder. Each week it is looking increasingly likely the two teams will meet during the final series to record crowds.

Fairfax Media reported today the Football Federation Australia (FFA) has approached ANZ Stadium at Homebush about the possibility of booking the 80,000 seat stadium during the final series. With both teams attracting healthy crowds, there is every chance they will smash the record book for the largest crowd at a domestic football match, which currently stands at 55,436.

A 40,000 strong sell out crowd in November watched the Wanderers win the first local derby of the season. With Parramatta Stadium limited capacity, the FFA will need to look at other options to meet the increasing demand for tickets to the two local derby matches each season. The January 11th match between the two sides may well be the last, if the game is switched to Homebush next season.

Tickets to Wanderers matches are hard to find even during the regular season with memberships capped at 15,600 already sold out for the season. Parramatta Stadium holds just over 21,000 fans leaving only a couple of thousand tickets on sale for each match.

Plans to upgrade Parramatta Stadium to 25,000 are currently under consideration with the last Federal Government committing $20 million towards the project.

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