Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 in Victoria

Birrarung Marr will again be transformed into a sea of green and gold as the Socceroos battle to keep their World Cup hopes alive in a do-or-die clash with Ghana this weekend.

Sports Minister James Merlino said crowds of up to 18,000 people were expected to flock to Melbourne’s official live site to watch Australia’s second group match at midnight on Saturday.

Fans will be able to see every minute of the game, broadcast live on two giant screens on both the lower and upper terraces at Birrarung Marr right in the heart of Melbourne’s sports precinct.

“Victorians love their sport and are passionate about the Socceroos,” Mr Merlino said.

“This match is do-or-die for Australia – we need to win to stay in contention at the World Cup and we want our Victorian soccer fans to come out in force and cheer on their heroes.

“Thousands of fans turned out to see for the Socceroos opening match against Germany, and despite the disappointing result, it was fantastic to see such strong support for the team.

“This weekend we want to see an even bigger sea of green and gold down along the banks of the Yarra, to hopefully witness a Socceroos victory.

“Birrarung Marr can cater for a crowd of up to 18,000 fans and provides a great atmosphere where sports fans can come together to enjoy both the game and pre-match entertainment.”

Before the game, the crowd will be treated to giveaways and cameo appearance from Melbourne Victory A-League player Leigh Broxham who will be entertaining the crowd from 10pm with his DJ-ing skills. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the site.

Mr Merlino said special soccer trains would depart Flinders Street on most lines after the match, complementing more than 200 Night Rider bus services to get fans home.

Special trains include Lilydale (2.17am), Sydenham (2.17am), Hurstbridge (2.18am), Pakenham (2.18am), Glen Waverley (2.19am), Upfield (2.19am), Frankston (2.20am), Sandringham (2.21), Epping (2.25am), Belgrave (2.27am) and Cranbourne (2.28am).
Trains, trams and buses will run to a normal Saturday timetable to get people to the site in time for the midnight kick-off.

“Our live site at Birrarung Marr is a great opportunity for families to celebrate the team right in the heart of Melbourne’s world-class sporting precinct,” Mr Merlino said.

Mr Merlino said a special live site had also been established at the Geelong Arena and he encouraged all football fans in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula to support the Socceroos.

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