Can the Mariners bounce back?


Mariners CEO, Shaun Mielekamp, is urging all local fans to come out of the woodworks for this weekend’s clash against Melbourne Victory after announcing that Central Coast Stadium’s seating restrictions will be eased to increase its capacity.

The changes have allowed General Admission sections of the stadium to return to regular seating capacity with reserved seating areas remaining in their current, socially distanced layouts.

As well as this, active and enthusiastic support has been encouraged through removing all restrictions against standing, singing and chanting, with concession items such as large flags, drums or other musical items also being permitted with prior approval.

For Mielekamp, the aim of this change is to allow patrons to select their preferred option, have the best matchday experience possible and ultimately to see the Mariners’ home games bring in big crowds to maintain the club’s current high level of performance.

“I am really glad that general admission and active support sections are able to return to normal,” he said.

“Whilst we have the opportunity to return to full capacity across the stadium, I am confident that the changes we are making strike the right balance for us to ensure that anyone wanting to come to the game and maintain social distancing can do so comfortable by purchasing a reserved seating ticket.

“We are looking for a big crowd on Saturday night and encourage all Mariners and Victory fans to come and cheer their team on in such an important game, and I am hoping to see passionate and active fans singing and cheering the boy’s home and I am also keen to see the happy smiles of our Members who are glad to be attending the game in a safe manner.”

Media Release, Mar 24
Shaun Mielekamp, Central Coast Mariners FC.