U-NITE Australia Day A-League blockbuster to bring Melbourne together

Melburnians of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds and genders will join as one on Australia Day to cheer on Melbourne Victory against arch rival Sydney FC in the third annual U-NITE game at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Melburnians of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds and genders will join as one on Australia Day to cheer on Melbourne Victory against arch rival Sydney FC in the third annual U-NITE game at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

U-NITE was created in 2010 to celebrate multiculturalism and how Melbourne Victory and football can bring together Melbourne-s richly diverse communities.

The game will kick-off at a family friendly time of 4pm on Thursday, January 26 and fans will be treated to a high stakes game as both Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC fight for Hyundai A-League finals spots.

Melbourne Victory Chairman Anthony, Di Pietro is thrilled with the growth of the U-NITE game and said, “Our vision is to develop U-NITE as a flagship event in the Australian sporting calendar, showcasing multiculturalism through football.”

“We are thrilled to bring Melburnians together to experience the loudest and most passionate sports fans in Australia - the Melbourne Victory fans.”

Get down early to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the wide variety of pre-match entertainment.

The celebrations kick-off at 12.00pm on Gosch-s Paddock, where there will be a 5-a-side junior demonstration with teams from the FFV-s ‘United Through Football- program.

Some of Victoria-s best young talent will be on display from 2:30pm when UNITE FC (made up of players from the Horn of Africa) and the Victorian Champions League All-Stars (made up of young players from Europe, South America, Asia, and of course, Australia) battle it out in a curtain raiser at AAMI Park.

The Australia Day festivities continue as music and dance entertainment provided by Multicultural Arts Victoria will entertain fans on the concourse from 3.00pm.

The event will also play host to a Citizenship Ceremony held in the AAMI Park function room for 80 conferees and a citizen affirmation and pledge ceremony to be held on the pitch, before the teams make their way onto the park to sing the national anthem, which will be sung by the Dean Sisters.

It-s expected to be a near capacity crowd, so be sure to get your tickets if you haven-t already and get down to AAMI Park early.

Event Details

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC Date: Thursday January 26, 2012 Time: 4.00pm kick-off. Gates open at 2.30pm Venue: AAMI Park, 60 Olympic Boulevard Parking: Entrance D is now closed as part of redevelopment works and there is no car parking at AAMI Park. We suggest Yarra Park/MCG car park (schedule)or city car parking Public Transport: Train (to Richmond station) or the #70 tram from Flinders Street (AAMI Park, Stop 7D).

Tickets For all ticketing enquiries, please contact the ticketing agent, Ticketek, on the following details:

Online: www.ticketek.com.au In person: All Ticketek outlets Phone: 132 849