Updated: Jul 11, 2019
Perth literally roll out the red carpet to mark the historic visit by English Premier League club Manchester United.
Optus Stadium, Matagarup Bridge, Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square, Trafalgar Bridge and the Perth Bell Tower will be lit up red at night, while city streets including Adelaide Terrace, James Street, Mounts Bay Road and the Causeway will all fly the Manchester United flag.
The club, a global sporting powerhouse with more than 300 million fans around the world, will bring its strongest possible squad and a support team of more than 100 to Perth today for 10 days, playing friendly matches at Optus Stadium against Perth Glory on Saturday and Leeds United on July 17.
Limited tickets to both games are still available, while Perth soccer fans can also see their favourite Red Devils at an open training session at the WACA on Thursday.
Other Perth landmarks to be painted red include Instagram icon the Crawley Boatshed, which will be wrapped in red, lit with red lights and have red carpet rolled out along the length of its jetty.
And the Swan River’s bronze Eliza statue will also be sporting the team’s colours.
Premier Mark McGowan declared Manchester United “one of the most famous sporting clubs in the world” and said his Government was proud to have secured the team’s visit.
Soccer fans can watch both matches live on Channel Seven or tune into live broadcasts across Perth including at Yagan Square’s digital tower, Northbridge Brewing Company, the Mustang Bar and The Royal on The Waterfront.
Manchester United have one of the biggest supporter bases in the world, with more than 659 million fans across the globe bolstered by a massive social media legion of 114 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter combined.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia urged businesses to get on board “by showing the club’s colours and helping the City of Perth and State Government to paint the town red”.
As well as the two matches and training session, there are also ticketed events including clinics, a legends corporate golf day, fan celebration and legends dinner.
Activate Perth chair Di Bain said the visit was part of a packed winter schedule of events in Perth to “help drive big crowds”.
“Simple actions can contribute to the paint the town red celebrations and boost the vibe in Perth, and we’re calling on businesses and residents in the city to join in. Add a splash of red to your shopfront, create a red cocktail for your customers or hang bunting from your apartment balcony,” she said.
MAN UNITED PRE-SEASON VISIT
- The team arrives at Perth Airport on Monday.
- A ticketed open training session at the WACA on Thursday is now sold out. Gates open 3.30pm and training starts at 5pm.
- The team play a friendly against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Saturday night. Limited tickets are still available.
- They play a second friendly against Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17. Limited tickets are still available.
- Both games will be broadcast live and exclusive on Channel Seven, with Manchester United versus Perth Glory airing on 7Two and four nights later the blockbuster Manchester United versus Leeds United airing on 7Mate at 6.30pm
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