Newcastle to host historic A-League double-header

Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce for the first time in A-League history, McDonald Jones Stadium will host an all A-League double-header on Sunday March 21.

Having worked in conjunction with Venues NSW, the A-League and the Wellington Phoenix, the Jets can confirm the day will kick-off with Wellington Phoenix facing Brisbane Roar, before Newcastle Jets host Adelaide United.

Jets Executive Chairman Shane Mattiske said the double-header will be a great event for, not only the city, but the wider Newcastle region.

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“The event will be historic and a great boost to the Newcastle region,” Mattiske said.

"When we sat down with Venues NSW to talk about ways we could work together positively, this was one of the ideas which came up.

“With the support of the Phoenix we have been able to innovate and create something that will bring interest to the region and provide an attractive event to all sports fans – not just fans of football or the Jets supporters.

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"The Jets now have a strong foundation and are focused on doing new and exciting things to grow the game in this region. The double-header is a great example of this. It’s a very exciting time for everyone who is involved with the Club.”

With a broad range of teams involved, the weekend is sure to garner interest from Queensland (Brisbane Roar), South Australia (Adelaide United), New Zealand (Wellington Phoenix) and regional NSW.

We are aiming to attract a range of visitors to the region and with there being so many things to do in the Hunter, it will make for a great weekend.

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In a show of support to Jets members, all current members will be able to access both matches at no additional cost.

"It's an example of the club thinking outside the square and a great way to deliver value back to our members," Mattiske said.

“We are releasing new membership pricing for the balance of the year and we hope to see many more fans commit to standing up for their team by becoming members.”

This is the first Jets double-header in more than a decade, the Jets having been involved in the first A-League double-header back in 2010.

The first match will kick-off at 4.05pm before the Jets get underway at 6.40pm.