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ALM Match Day Guide: Western United vs Central Coast Mariners

Ben Garuccio Western United fans

Western United heads back to Ballarat for the final time in the 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League Men season, taking on Central Coast Mariners in a Good Friday blockbuster.

Fans in Ballarat can get in the spirit of Easter and support the team in a huge clash with the race for Finals football well and truly alive.

Match Details

Isuzu UTE A-League Men Round 23

Western United vs Central Coast Mariners

Friday, 7 April

Kick-off: 3:00pm AEST

Gates open: 2:00pm AEST

Mars Stadium, Ballarat

Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+

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Social media: Follow Western United on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation by using the hashtags #WUNvsCCM

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Western United returns to Ballarat

Ballarat remains a significant supporter of Western United and the Green and Black will hope to give the loyal fans the perfect send-off for the 2022/23 season.

The supporters in the region have always shown up for the team and will give John Aloisi and the players a big lift on Saturday.

United is unbeaten in the last four matches at Mars Stadium and will hope to provide more entertainment to the Ballarat faithful this time around.

Western United team news

John Aloisi will welcome Josh Risdon back into the side for this clash with the vice-captain having served his one-match suspension in last week’s draw against Sydney FC.

Western United Academy star Matthew Grimaldi is included in the extended squad for the first time, while Ramy Najjarine will be managed as he continues his journey to full fitness after a groin injury.

Full Western United squad

Western United getting in the Easter spirit

With the perfect kick-off time of 3pm, this is the perfect event for kids and families to begin the Easter festivities this weekend.

There will be plenty of action for the kids to enjoy, so keep a lookout for the Western United Easter bunny to score some special treats.

Giveaways and food trucks galore

Fans in the stands will be able to set the atmosphere for the players with giveaways of Western United flags and balls allowing the Green and Black army to take over Mars Stadium.

Outside of the stands, United will also have different food truck options to ensure plenty of opportunity for fans to enjoy food and beverages throughout the afternoon.

Meet the players at the end of the game

The stars of Western United have treated the fans to signatures, selfies and meet and greets at home games this season, creating an exciting spectacle for the kids at the end of the match.

Get in position to grab a signed Western United ball from one of the players or get your own personal items autographed by your favourite Green and Black heroes.

The players are always up to meet and thank the fans for all of their support, so cheer on the boys so we can all hopefully celebrate a win together at the end.

$20 General Admission tickets behind the goal

Western United prides itself on providing the most affordable matchday experience in the A-Leagues and will give everyone an opportunity to come and watch the A-League Men Champions.

General Admission tickets are available behind the goal for just $20 for adults, bringing the entire Green and Black family together in the bays behind the goal.

United continues to foster an inclusive and passionate fan experience and encourages all fans to come together with the most affordable tickets behind the goals to bring the noise and spur on the players on the pitch.

Active Support

The Western Service Crew will be back in full voice to show their support for the team, taking up a spot back behind the goals at Mars Stadium.

Get yourself behind the goal, bring all your mates and sing your hearts out all afternoon to push the players on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes.

The Actives will have drums, flags and the megaphone in action from the stands. Join the Crew and let your voice be heard on match day.

Tickets

Tickets to the match on Friday can be pre-purchased here.

There will be ticket sales on matchday at the ticket office, but fans are encouraged to pre-book tickets in order to avoid queuing at the ground.

All ticketholders are encouraged to arrive at the match early for ease of admission through security checks. Patrons can only enter through the gate stated on their ticket.

Member redemption

All members are advised that membership cards do not give access to the venue. All members must redeem their tickets prior to the match in order to be admitted into the venue.

Memberships are the best way to support the Club and come together as a Western United family. Become a member and join the Champions today.

Members unsure how to redeem their tickets can watch the tutorial video here.

Paramount+

The match will be broadcast live and exclusive on Paramount+, the home of Australian football.

Members who renew or purchase into a full-season or seven-game* membership in the 2021/22 season will have a 12-month subscription to Paramount + included as a member benefit.

This represents an additional $89.99 in value provided at no extra cost.

Sign up here.

*Paramount+ subscription only available for Adult and Family seven-game memberships.

Merchandise

All the latest Western United gear will be available at the merchandise outlet located inside Gate 1.

The 2022/23 Kappa kits will be on sale, as well as stock of all of the WUFC lifestyle items and player badges.

Members are encouraged to bring their merchandise vouchers and to stock up on Green and Black supporter wear to paint the stands in United colours to spur the team on.

Parking

There will be access to limited parking on-site at Mars Stadium in front of the North Ballarat Sports Club. Once spots there are exhausted there will be space at the nearby C.E Brown Reserve and in surrounding streets.

Public Transport

Mars Stadium is a six-minute drive from Ballarat Railway Station, so fans can arrive by train and book a short ride to the ground, or anyone that fancies a walk can take a stroll past Lake Wendouree to reach the stadium.

Public transport services are available for fans travelling from both metro and regional Victoria.

Plan your journey from Metro Melbourne here.

If you’re coming from Regional Victoria, plan your journey here.

Bag Restrictions

Any item or bag that is too large to fit under a seat must not be brought into the stadium and a limit of one bag per person applies.