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23 Mar 2022
Catch public transport to cheer on Socceroos

Thousands of soccer fans are expected at Stadium Australia at Sydney Olympic Park to watch Australia take on Japan in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match on Thursday 24 March.

Transport for NSW Executive Director Customer Journey Planning Adam Berry said public transport was the most convenient option for travelling to the stadium.

“Leave your car at home and catch public transport – we’ll have plenty of trains and major event buses running to and from Sydney Olympic Park,” Mr Berry said.

“Travel on all modes of public transport is included in your ticket to the match – just show your ticket to transport staff when boarding services.

“This is a huge event for soccer fans as both countries will be competing for a spot in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. So, ticket holders need to plan ahead because big crowds are expected.”

Regular direct trains will run from Central to Olympic Park from 4.30pm, with return services running frequently after the match. Trains will also run frequently between Lidcombe and Olympic Park until late.

Sydney Olympic Park major event buses will run with services starting between 4pm and 5pm, depending on the route. Frequent return buses will run after the match.

Ticket holders should also be aware that public transport and road networks are typically becoming busier on weekdays as commuters return to workplaces. .

Mr Berry said spectators using public transport should consider catching an earlier service to enjoy venues in the precinct before kick-off and avoid missing a moment of the action.

“We urge ticket holders to plan ahead and check for service capacity using the Trip Planner at transportnsw.info, the Opal Travel app, or a third party transport app. And remember, face masks are still mandatory on public transport,” Mr Berry said.

“For people who need to drive to the stadium, travel with your group, allow plenty of extra travel time and aim to arrive early because traffic will be heavy during the busy evening peak.

“Pre-booking parking is strongly encouraged to secure a spot because car parks in the precinct will fill quickly on the night.”

Stadium gates open at 6.30pm ahead of kick-off at 8.10pm and finishing around 10pm.

Additional measures and staff will be in place around Sydney Olympic Park to safely manage crowds arriving at and leaving the game, so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff.

For more information on additional public transport services for the match and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info.

For real-time updates on roads and traffic conditions, visit livetraffic.com.