WIN Stadium has officially been announced as the home ground of IGA National Premier Leagues NSW Mens 1 club South Coast Wolves for the 2014 football season.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton, has congratulated Venues NSW and the South Coast Wolves on reaching an agreement to play all 11 2014 home games at WIN Stadium.
Minister Upton said, “WIN Stadium is rapidly gaining a reputation as a home of football. It will be a training venue for the Asian Cup in January 2015 and the Matildas, Young Socceroos and Sydney FC having all regularly played there.
“Today’s agreement by the Wolves to return to WIN Stadium is yet another step forward in developing football in the Illawarra region.
“This agreement demonstrates the value of Venues NSW and the Illawarra Local Venues Council, chaired by Vicki Tiegs, working in tandem to secure positive outcomes for the Wolves, the venue, the fans and the Illawarra region.
“This also aligns with the NSW Stadia Strategy which calls for all stadia to ideally be multi-tenant, multi-use and accessible to the community,” Minister Upton said.
Minister for the Illawarra, John Ajaka, said this was a win for the region hosting games for up and coming athletes.
“This follows an earlier announcement about the impending Charity Shield on February 22 at WIN Stadium which will see the St George Dragons take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs,” he said.
Chair of the Illawarra Local Venues Council and Director of Venues NSW, Vicki Tiegs said Venues NSW is pleased to welcome the South Coast Wolves to WIN Stadium in 2014 and is looking forward to securing more high quality sporting events in the future,” Ms Tiegs said.
Chairman of the South Coast Wolves, Bobby Mazevski, said the Wolves thank Venues NSW for their co-operation in creating the necessary environment for them to use WIN Stadium in 2014.
“The Wolves are excited about offering their players the chance to play on a great surface and to offer their fans the opportunity to enjoy the new public facilities provided at WIN Stadium,” he said.
“In addition we now feel that through this move we can offer our players, fans, media and corporate partners excellent facilities and grow the reputation, brand and popularity of the Wolves.
“We hope the people of Wollongong and the South Coast come out to support their team and enjoy the exciting style of football that the Wolves are preparing for 2014.”