Football fans urged to get public transport to FIFA Women's World Cup
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ is set to kick off in Sydney, with hundreds of thousands of football fans from Australia and across the globe descending on our stadiums.
Football fever will grip Sydney as we host 11 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches between Thursday 20 July and Sunday 20 August, with 5 games at Stadium Australia at Sydney Olympic Park, including the final match, and 6 games at Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park.
The 64-game tournament starts this Thursday 20 July with our Matildas taking on Republic of Ireland at Stadium Australia from 8pm. Fans are urged to plan ahead and take public transport, while Sydney motorists are asked to be mindful of potential traffic delays.
With up to 75,000 fans expected at Sydney Olympic Park matches and up to 40,000 at Moore Park Transport for NSW has added thousands of extra transport services and enhanced wayfinding and walking routes to help fans get around.
For fans attending matches, the public transport trip is included in your match ticket. Around 1800 additional public transport services will run across the match dates including an extra 170 buses and 127 train services for each match at Olympic Park. An extra 20 shuttle buses and 20 light rail services will run for each of the games held at Moore Park.
On-site parking at both Sydney Olympic Park and Moore Park will be very limited. There is reduced parking available due to a significant number of additional vehicles required for an event of this scale, including coaches and event vehicles.
Significant traffic delays are expected, particularly on weeknight games during the already busy evening peak so motorists should allow plenty of extra travel time on roads approaching Olympic Park and Moore Park on match days and ticketholders should catch public transport.
For the safety and enjoyment of spectators, NSW Police will run a high-visibility policing strategy, Operation FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will see additional officers patrolling across Sydney venues – including the Moore Park, Sydney Olympic Park and Darling Harbour precincts – for the duration of the tournament.
For more information on public transport options to each match, including trip planning tools, visit the NSW Transport info website and use the Opal Travel app.
For details on road closures, including real-time traffic updates, visit Live Traffic NSW.
For more information on the event, visit the FIFA website.
Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said:
“This week the biggest event in Women’s sport starts and Sydney is going to be at its sports-loving best. More than 400,000 tickets have already been sold for 11 Sydney matches.
“After hosting Sydney WorldPride 2023 and the record-breaking Vivid Sydney 2023, the city is ready for this next global event.
“We welcome all the interstate and international football fans to NSW and can’t wait to share Sydney’s love of sport and love of a celebration.
“All of NSW is set to get behind this. but we do need to stress that people attending games should plan to leave the car at home, arrive early and make a day or night of it with plenty of local venues in short walking distance of the stadium precincts.”
Minister for Transport Jo Haylen said:
“This is one of the biggest events in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and we are prepped and ready to welcome football fans local, interstate and internationals, to cheer on their teams in the heart of our city.
“Months of planning has gone into readying the public transport network for large crowds throughout the tournament so leave the car at home.
“We have added thousands of extra transport services and improved wayfinding and walking routes to help fans get to and from both precincts, safely and easily.
“The best way to get to and from matches is on public transport and to make it even easier your transport trip is included in your match ticket - simply show your ticket to transport staff when boarding services on your way to and from the games.”