The FIFA Women’s World Cup is upon us and the NSW government is showing its support by announcing extended trading hours for venues that will broadcast Sunday games. A total of 64 matches will be played and eager football fans across Australia can see 32 talented teams playing to win. The World Cup kicks off at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday, July 20 with the final to be held at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on Sunday, August 20.
“Major events like a World Cup are moments for local venues to get a boost in numbers and in turn boost their local and night time economies. Extended Sunday trading will be a net win in towns and cities across NSW,” Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said in a statement.
With excitement at an all-time high, the NSW government has confirmed that venues will be allowed to stay open until midnight as opposed to 10pm on Sunday nights. This extended trading will apply to seven matches between Sunday, July 23 and Sunday, August 20, including the World Cup final.
The seven matches are:
- France vs Jamaica at Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday, July 23
- Netherlands vs Portugal at Dunedin Stadium New Zealand on Sunday, July 23
- Germany vs Colombia at Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday, July 30
- Norway vs Philippines at Eden Park New Zealand on Sunday, July 30
- Switzerland vs New Zealand at Dunedin Stadium New Zealand on Sunday, July 30
- Round of 16: 1st Group G vs 2nd Group E in Melbourne on Sunday, August 6
- Women’s FIFA World Cup 2023 — final at Stadium Australia (Accord Stadium), Sunday 20 August 2023
Get more information about extended trading hours here.
Additionally, the NSW Government has also urged football fans to take public transport with up to 75,000 fans expected at Sydney Olympic Park matches and up to 40,000 at Moore Park. 1800 additional transport services are expected to run throughout the matches including 170 extra buses and 127 train services for matches at Olympic Park. Read more about it here.