League powerhouse Chelsea Football Club will play Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday July 23, 2018, in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 fans, with tickets on sale next Thursday (February 15).

  • Perth Glory to play Chelsea FC in blockbuster friendly on July 23, 2018
  • More than 60,000 fans expected at Optus Stadium
  • Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and VenuesWest 

The match will be Chelsea FC's only appearance in Australia, with tickets to the blockbuster friendly expected to sell out quickly. The match will attract a significant number of interstate and international visitors to travel to Perth, filling our hotel rooms and experiencing what our city has to offer.

The match will be the first international soccer club appearance at the stadium and the first time Chelsea has been to Perth since 1974.

The deal, struck by Tourism Western Australia in partnership with Optus Stadium operator VenuesLive, includes other activity by Chelsea FC in Perth, including open training sessions where fans will have the chance to see players up close.

Tickets are on sale from 10am (WST) on February 15, with prices starting at $49. Visit http://www.optusstadium.com.au for further information.

 

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

"Football is hugely popular in our key Asian tourism markets including Singapore, Malaysia and China, as well as across Australia.

"This is a great opportunity for fans in those markets to visit Perth and see one of the most successful Premier League teams of the past 15 years.

"It will show them Perth is vibrant, right on their doorstep and the western gateway to Australia.

"When Chelsea was last in Australia in 2015 to play Sydney FC, the 80,000-seat ANZ Stadium sold out in a matter of days.

"I expect Optus Stadium will be at full capacity for the match, providing a massive injection for tourism and hospitality businesses."

 

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"Chelsea FC are one of the world's biggest sporting clubs and a fitting opponent for Perth Glory in their first match at the world-class Optus Stadium.

"It will be something special for young and aspiring local football players to see their English Premier League heroes in the flesh.

"It is appropriate that the world game will take pride of place as one of the early major international sporting matches at Optus Stadium, as an indicator of the venue's global pulling power."