By STAFF REPORTERS
THE City of Parramatta will host three of the State’s biggest sporting events this July – bringing tens of thousands of people to the region in a boon for local business.
In the space of eight magic days in July, the City of Parramatta will host:
- NSW v Queensland in State of Origin Game 3 at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, on Wednesday 12 July;
- Wallabies v Argentina in The Rugby Championship at CommBank Stadium, North Parramatta, on Saturday 15 July;
- Australia Matildas v Republic of Ireland in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 at Accor Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney Olympic Park, on Thursday 20 July.
Capacity crowds are anticipated at all three major sporting events, with accommodation rates throughout Greater Sydney already reflecting the influx of fans heading to the events.
While the NSW Blues will be chasing their first win of the State of Origin series, demand for tickets to Origin 3 in Sydney remains high.
Despite Queensland’s recent dominance in Origin, NSW has a remarkable record at Accor Stadium where they have won 20 (and drawn 1) of the 30 Origin matches played at the Blues’ spiritual home.
NSW fans can be expected to turn Sydney Olympic Park into a Blues fortress come July 12.
The Wallabies will play just one Test match in NSW this year in the lead-up to Rugby World Cup 2023 in France – and that game will be against the Argentina Los Pumas at Parramatta’s CommBank Stadium on Saturday 15 July.
The Test match pits Jones against another former Wallabies mentor in Michael Cheika, who now coaches Argentina.
The last time Argentina played at CommBank Stadium, the Los Pumas humbled the mighty All Blacks 25-15 in November 2020.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be the biggest international sporting event seen in Australia since the Sydney 2000 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
The Matildas will feature on Day 1 of the tournament, with a sellout crowd expected for the match against Republic of Ireland at Accor Stadium, which will revert to its generic name Stadium Australia under FIFA international “clean venue” regulations.
Thirty two nations will be represented at FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, with Stadium Australia to host five major games including the World Cup Final on Sunday 20 August.
July will also be a big month for the surging Parramatta Eels in the NRL premiership, with key games at CommBank Stadium against the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday 8 July and the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday 16 July.
In another significant sporting event for City of Parramatta this July, the Parramatta Eels will open the new NRLW season with a stand-alone match against debut club Wests Tigers at CommBank Stadium on Sunday 23 July.