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Match Day Guide: Western United vs Wellington Phoenix

Western United fans

Western United is back at AAMI Park for its first ever home final, taking on Wellington Phoenix in the first Elimination Final on Saturday night.

The Green and Black returns to the post-season for the second time in its three-year history and will be eager to advance to the semi-finals.

Match Details

Western United vs Wellington Phoenix

Saturday, 14 May

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Gates open: 6:45pm

AAMI Park, Melbourne.

Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Channel 10 and Paramount+

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

Western United’s first ever home final

After three years of COVID-19 impacting on the A-League Men competition, Western United will finally be able to play a final with its home fans in the arena.

United’s previous finals appearance came in the New South Wales hub in 2020, and the chance to now feel the support of the fans in the stands will provide a huge boost to the players on the pitch.

The Green and Black army can be a part of history for Western United, and the Club will continue to dream big throughout the finals to create memorable moments for the fans.

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Record-breaking regular season

Western United is approaching this 2021/22 Finals series on the back of a record-breaking Isuzu UTE A-League Men regular season campaign.

The side earned a third-place finish on the table – the Club’s best finish to date – and also achieved club record totals in wins and points in a single season.

READ MORE: Every record broken in Western United’s 2021/22 season

The entire squad contributed throughout the home and away campaign with a number of individuals putting in standout performances and leading the league in key statistical categories for their position.

United will look to carry that form into the Finals, starting with this huge clash against Wellington on Saturday night.

Commemorative kids t-shirts and Finals posters on offer

To get into the Finals spirit, Western United will be giving away Finals posters throughout the ground, while the next generation of Western United fans will be able to take home their own little piece of history.

The first 500 patrons to make a merchandise purchase will receive a commemorative Finals t-shirt, available in kids sizes 8-14.

The green t-shirt features United’s ‘Go Harder’ Finals mantra, and the Club can’t wait to see the stands awash with green as the future fans of the Club get behind the team.  

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Shuttle buses from Geelong and Ballarat

Western United would like to thank its supporters from the Geelong and Ballarat regions by helping as many of them as possible to attend the match on Saturday.

Shuttle buses will be on offer for fans to utilise free of charge. The Geelong service will leave from GMHBA Stadium at 5:15pm sharp, while the Ballarat service will depart from the Ballarat Train Station at 5pm.

The application period for spots on the buses has now closed. The Club will look to continue this service in subsequent matches should United remain in the Finals.

The buses home for both regions will depart from AAMI Park at the drop off point 30 minutes after the conclusion of the match. All passengers on the shuttle buses must wear a fitted facemask for the duration of the journey and also provide proof of their double-vaccinated status against COVID-19, or of a valid medical exemption.

Members from Geelong and Ballarat should check their emails for further details on the service and email lisa.pacher@westernmelbourne.com with the number of adults and children that will be utilising the service to secure a place.

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Tickets

All tickets to the match on Saturday can be pre-purchased here.

The member pre-sale discount code has now expired, so all tickets are available at general public prices only.

There will ticket sales on matchday at the ticketing gate, but supporters are encouraged to book tickets in advance 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.

Active Support

The Western Service Crew will be back in full voice to show their support for the team in this crucial Finals match, taking up a spot back behind the goals at AAMI Park.

The Active fans will bring the noise to spur on the players on the pitch and will create a vibrant atmosphere befitting of the occasion.

Paramount+

The match will be broadcast live and exclusive on Paramount+, the new 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.

Merchandise

Get the latest Western United gear at the merchandise outlet located inside Gate 2.

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

United needs as many fans decked out in Green and Black as possible to create a Finals atmosphere and drive the team to success.

Parking

There will be access to parking near AAMI Park and surrounding areas in Richmond and Southbank, but spots will be limited.

Click here for more parking options near the venue.

Public Transport

Public transport is available to take patrons to AAMI Park for the game.

Plan your journey from Metro Melbourne here.

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

COVID-safe Information

Patrons under the age of 18 will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination to enter the arena. However, anyone over 18 wishing to attend the match will need to present their COVID vaccination certificate at the gate to be granted entry.

AAMI Park is now a fully cashless venue. All tickets are required to be downloaded onto a phone and ready for scanning ahead of entry into the ground.

Social distancing is required wherever possible, and there are only three reasons to leave your designated seat – to collect food and beverages, going to the toilet or seeking assistance, and to exit the stadium.

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.

Pass-Outs

Pass-outs are not available at AAMI Park. Patrons will not be permitted re-entry to the venue if they leave before the end of the match.