In a blow to Lower Hunter football fans, this weekend’s predicted heatwave has forced the Newcastle Jets to abandon Maitland as its A-League Women’s (ALW) venue.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is forecasting 40+ degree conditions on Sunday 4 February, which meant the club needed to make an important call concerning the welfare of its players.
Newcastle’s clash with the Wellington Phoenix, originally scheduled for 5pm at the Maitland Regional Sportsground, will now move to No. 2 Sportsground at the same time.
Jets CEO Shane Mattiske admitted it was an unfortunate decision.
“The women’s team and the whole organisation have been looking forward to bringing the first of three professional ALW games to Maitland and the Hunter Valley region,” he said.
“We’re really disappointed that the heatwave has caused a relocation of the first of our matches.
“However, the shift will allow all of our fans to still attend the ALW game against the Phoenix in the family-friendly timeslot of 5pm this Sunday.
“We’re also sticking to our plan to stage an open training session at the Maitland Regional Sportsground on Saturday (3 February) at 8.30am.
“We hope to see many of the local footballers and the broader community there to engage with the team.
“We’re also keen to play the remaining two fixtures in Maitland on 17 February and 3 March.
“We are building plans to hold further A-League Women’s trial matches in the future in Maitland, too.”
- ALW: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix
- When: Sunday 4 February
- Where: No. 2 Sportsground, Newcastle
- Time: 5pm (AEDT)
What if I have already purchased a ticket to Maitland Sportsground this Sunday?
Your ticket will still be valid for entry at No 2 Sportsground this Sunday. All ticket purchasers will receive an email via Ticketmaster confirming this, as well as your options if you are unable to make it.
What if I have a purchased a three-game “Maitland specific” membership?
This membership will still allow access to No 2 Sportsground this weekend as one entry if you wish, and then the remaining two games for entry at Maitland Sportsground. If you are unable to make it to No 2 Sportsground this weekend, please contact the Newcastle Jets Membership team via email to discuss your options – [email protected]
I’m a full season Member, do I need to do anything to get access to the match at No 2 Sportsground?
No, your membership card will grant you access as per normal for A-League Women’s home games at No 2 Sportsground.
Will there be a third game in Maitland this season?
No, the remaining A-League Women’s home games will stay as scheduled.
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