The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team’s opening game of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 against Australia on July 20th has been moved to Stadium Australia.
FIFA have officially confirmed the news that the co-opening game has moved from Sydney Football Stadium to the tournament’s largest venue following increased demand from supporters.
Stadium Australia has a capacity of 83,500, larger than that of Croke Park, while the original venue capacity at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium was 42,500.
New Zealand will host Norway in the other opening-day fixture.
“FIFA’s mission is to organise the biggest and best Women’s World Cup in history this year, and fans, those who bring colour, passion, and atmosphere to Stadiums will be such an integral part of the tournament’s success,” said FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.
“With this in mind, we have taken a decision that will enable over 100,000 fans to attend the opening matchday, providing more opportunities for supporters to engage with the FIFA Women’s World Cup as a month of football we will never forget gets underway.
Tickets for the original fixture had sold out, but the switch to Stadium Australia will see more tickets being made available on Public Sale via the FIFA Ticketing Portal.
Over half a million tickets have already been sold for this summer’s tournament with Ireland ranked ninth amongst the 32 participating nations of ticket purchasers.
Tickets already purchased for this game will remain valid at Stadium Australia. Additional single-game passes will go on sale on Friday, February 24th at FIFA.com/Tickets
The Second Sales Phase will conclude on Friday, March 3rd, with the Last-Minute Sales Phase commencing on Tuesday, April 11th – 100 days prior to the opening match day.