Central Coast Mariners Plan To Play Home Games At Brookvale, North Sydney Ovals
A-League club Central Coast Mariners plans "to play up to two home games in Sydney next season by bringing games to Brookvale Oval and North Sydney Oval, subject to the approval of the Football Federation of Australia," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. After months of speculation surrounding the future of the Mariners' home, the club "confirmed Gosford will remain their primary ground with a minimum of 11 games a season but up to two games could be played in Sydney's north next season as part of their strategic push into the region." The Mariners "are yet to confirm the dates, venues and opposition for the two games but have agreed in principle to play at least one and possibly two games in Sydney." A fixture at rugby league ground Brookvale Oval "is a near certainty while a match at North Sydney Oval is on the cards." The Mariners "will likely have to submit a long-term strategic plan to the FFA before gaining their approval, and the governing body will not permit the club to uproot from the Central Coast in future years" (SMH, 4/24).