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19 Nov 2021
Football Fans Encouraged to Plan Ahead for A-League Return

Football fans should plan their travel ahead of time, as the A-League returns to Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium this Saturday 20 November with a local derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.

Up to 30,000 fans are expected to attend the first match of the new season for both teams, with the stadium now back to 100 per cent capacity for fully-vaccinated ticket holders.

Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer, Howard Collins, said with roads expected to be busy around the stadium on Saturday evening, match-goers should consider leaving their cars at home and catch public transport to Parramatta CBD.

“Trains and buses run regularly to Parramatta Station which is a 15 minute walk from the stadium. Some buses also run make stops outside the stadium on O’Connell St,” Mr Collins said.

“Why not avoid the traffic before and after the game by grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants on the fresh, new look Eat Street.

“Remember it’s mandatory to wear a face mask and you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment when travelling to and from the event on public transport.

“In line with health advice, public transport services have a capacity of around 75 per cent on each mode which means people can now sit next to each other on their trip.

“More green dots have been rolled out across the network to continue helping customers choose the best places to sit and stand.

“Additional measures and staff will be in place around transport hubs and the stadium to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving the event, so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff on site.

“Fans can plan ahead and check for service capacity using the Trip Planner at transportnsw.info, the Opal Travel app, or a third party transport app.”

Weekend trackwork is taking place on the City Circle Line and the T8 Airport & South Line with buses replacing trains between Glenfield and Sydenham, and Sydenham and Central via the Airport so plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

Gates open at 6.15pm ahead of kick-off at 7.45pm with full-time around 9.40pm. Additional buses will run after the game on key routes to help fans get home.

Roads around the stadium will close at the end of the game for up to an hour to allow crowds to safely clear the area, so allow extra travel time and follow directions of NSW Police when leaving the stadium and nearby car parks.

For road closure details and real-time traffic conditions, visit livetraffic.com.