The English premier league team Chelsea will travel to Perth to play a match with The Perth Glory in July or early August 2018. The government foresees a large crowd of 65,000 sports fans attending including 15,000 sports tourists coming to town. It will a great opportunity for the sports fans from the larger Asia-Pacific see “Chelsea” one of the biggest sporting clubs in the world.
The announcement on the official Chelsea FC website stated that the Blues will meet A-league team Perth Glory ahead of the 2018/2019 season with plans for a public training session at the stadium ahead of the match.
Announcing the match, Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘This is a very exciting opportunity for Chelsea to play in front of some of our most passionate supporters.
‘We were delighted with the reception we received in Sydney when we visited in 2015, and now we can look forward to the same in Western Australia.
‘We anticipate an excellent match against Perth Glory in what promises to be a fantastic new venue for the city.’
Premier Colin Barnett commented “Soccer is immensely popular in the Eastern States and in some of our key Asian tourism markets including Singapore, Malaysia and China, this is a rare opportunity for fans in all these areas to visit WA to see one of the most successful Premier League teams of the past 15 years.”
The match is expected to add $15 million of expenditure to the local economy and help boost tourism.
Perth Stadium is approximately 70% complete and is scheduled to open in early 2018.
Chelsea F.C. boasts the second highest number of worldwide fans of any Premier League side with more than 400 million.