Brooksy’s Bit

CROWDS are up and will stay up while ever Alessandro del Piero and Emile Heskey continue to score goals.

By Bob Brooks

CROWDS are up and will stay up while ever Alessandro del Piero and Emile Heskey continue to score goals. Come Saturday November 3rd our home ground should be bursting at the seams because doubtless at least 3,000 Sydney FC supporters will make the short trip from the NSW State capital to the most attractive stadium in the Hyundai A-League.

Every ground used by A-League clubs has a unique character. Melbourne Victory under the open or closed roof of Docklands Stadium are a tough nut to crack. At least Kevin Muscat has retired from playing! 30,000 spectators, in another of the oval structures, make an exciting and entertaining game even better. The facilities at Docklands are up there with the best.

Docklands is right next door to Spencer Street station. The railway station has been there since the 19th century but it has had a complete face lift in recent years. Acres of glass in waves protect passengers from inclement weather which is a feature of the Southern capital. This amazing roof is just like similar terminals in many of the grand European cities. The train to and from Sydney utilisers Spencer Street.

However Victory and Melbourne Heart have an alternative, modern facility which is currently called AAMI Stadium. This is on the site of the former Olympic Park. It is rectangular and perfect for The World Game. Capacity is about 33,000. Both Docklands and AAMI are a short distance from the Melbourne CBD. Melbourne says it is the sporting capital of Australia and who would argue with this claim?

Go! The Mighty! Mighty! Mariners!