The countdown is on to the start of the season, with Western United ready to take to the pitch in less than a month to kick start the 2021/22 Izuzu UTE A-League Men season.
After a long off-season, John Aloisi has come in as head coach and, together with a number of new signings on the pitch, is ready to attack the new campaign.
After a tumultuous period for sports and major events around the world, the commencement of the new season will also mark what is hoped to be the permanent end to matches without fans, and Western United is overjoyed to be able to welcome its supporters back into stadia across the country.
But as COVID-19 continues to have an impact on society, this season will still see a number of differences to the normality that sports fans were used to pre-pandemic.
With density limits in stadia expected to be in place for at least the opening weeks of the season, club membership is a vital way to be able to secure a place at United’s home matches.
In the event of such restrictions to gatherings and major events, seats will be allocated as a matter of priority to committed members, with limited extra seats becoming available to general public if capacity remains unfulfilled.
Western United’s Event Manager Jessica Sage emphasised the role that membership will play throughout the season in the matchday experience and expressed her delight at welcoming fans back into the grounds.
“We can’t wait to see fans back in the stands supporting the boys. We want to create an exciting atmosphere so members and fans can enjoy their experience and continue to come back and cheer the boys on,” she said.
“We are currently working with GMHBA Stadium and AAMI Park on what the first few matches will look like in terms of capacity and restrictions and both stadiums are working on getting approvals from the government.
“Our first few matches are set to be big ones, playing local rivals Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory in Round 2 with wow-factor Daniel Sturridge in town.
“It is important to be a member to ensure you get access to a seat on matchday as there will be a limit on capacities.”
With Western United’s first six games all in Melbourne, including four home matches, it is the perfect opportunity to support the team as soon as possible in the season.
All full season memberships and the Premium 7-game membership will grant access to the away fixtures against Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory as well as guaranteeing a place at each home match.
As well as meetings with Victory and Sturridge’s Perth in the opening two weeks, a clash against reigning champions Melbourne City and a match-up against Aloisi’s former side Brisbane Roar headline the opening weeks of the campaign.