By the 60th minute of the Panthers game it’s time to move on to game two over this Sydney weekender so I make tracks to head back the short walk to Penrith Station and board the 6.30pm 50 minute express service back into Central Station to then race out to Allianz Stadium for the Sydney FC A-League clash against Brisbane Roar.
A quick $9 Uber from Central to the venue and I’m instantly impressed with the Easter Egg kids hunt that they’re having outside the ground while a pumping fan zone with noise and cheering greets me on the other side as I enter the stadium.
Inside it was impressive to see that Sydney FC ran one of the latest cool kids flicks on the big screens which was a clever way to get families and fans in earlier on the game day while providing them with a little movie goodie bag containing a mask and some other football and film related merchandise.
The pre-game Harmony Day festivities was good to see with 90 countries represented by kids waving huge flags as they walked around the pitch.
Screen fan engagement was good with some quality activities for fans to participate in and win prizes and while it wasn’t the night for the Sky Blues the game day here was certainly one that provides a lot for young fans and families on a Saturday night especially when a film is thrown in with the price of a ticket.