Fire Up Football Fans! The World’s First Ever Matildas Fan Suite is Coming to Sydney
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Sydney, Australia’s home of football, is giving fans another reason to cheer as the world counts down to the biggest tournament in the history of women’s football with the arrival of the world’s first-ever CommBank Matildas Fan Suite at the Star Grand Hotel in Sydney.

    Created in partnership with  and The Star Sydney, and existing for two days only to coincide with the Australia v Republic of Ireland match on 20 July, the luxury two-level penthouse has been completely transformed into a football fan’s paradise where one lucky competition winner and their three guests can live, breathe (and sleep) football.

    Offering breathtaking views of spectacular Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, from ceiling to floor, everything has been meticulously curated to pay homage to Australia’s national women’s team.

    Styled in striking green and gold, a giant four metre long Matildas scarf hangs above the suite’s shelves, filled with football themed ornaments and books charting the history of the CommBank Matildas.

    From the lavish master bedroom, a stunning staircase, adorned with inspirational football quotes, winds down toward an in-room foosball table to get into the competitive spirit. 

    On every wall, traditional hotel artwork has been replaced with framed photos of legendary past and present CommBank Matildas players, alongside autographed jerseys and the real international trophies won by the team, including AFC Women’s Asian Cup, Cup of Nations and the Tournament of Nations.

    This truly unique and stunning space is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a fan to celebrate the CommBank Matildas as they push for glory on home soil.

    Decided by a game of skill, the competition winner will also receive a meet and greet with CommBank Matildas legend and A-League Women’s top goal scorer, Michelle Heyman (cap #170), to talk all things football, as well as tickets to the CommBank Matildas opening match in Sydney on 20 July.

    Plus, they will also receive exclusive goodie bags full to the brim with official CommBank Matildas merchandise and to get into the match-day mood, renowned DJ and huge football fan, Nina Las Vegas has curated an exclusive pre-game party playlist especially for the winners to enjoy.

    Steve Cox, CEO at Destination NSW, said: “Sydney is the national home of football and we’re excited to see the city buzz as football fans visit from around the world to experience the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.

    The Matildas Fan Suite brings even more excitement around the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sydney. Fans from within Sydney and across the country will have the opportunity to really get behind the Matildas while enjoying this one-of-a-kind experience.

    “We can’t wait for the team to hit the pitch on July 20 as well as open the doors to this football fan’s dream at The Star Grand Sydney.”   

    Michelle Heyman, former Matilda player and A-League Women’s record goal scorer said: “This is the ultimate experience for any football fan! Not only do you get to stay in this incredible football suite, you get to fully immerse yourself in the Matildas hype ahead of their first match on home soil.

    You even get tickets to the Matildas sold out opening game, so overall it’s a money can’t buy experience and an incredible way to get behind the Matildas and celebrate women’s sport here in Sydney.

    Nina Las Vegas, Australian Producer and DJ, said: “I’m one of the biggest football fans there is, so to have the best teams in the world competing in Sydney is a dream come true.

    ‘I’ve been following the Matildas since I can remember and even helped record an exclusive song for their 2019 campaign, so to say I’m a super fan is putting it lightly!

    “Who could ask for anything more than staying in luxury with one of the best views in the world all while supporting the Matildas! Just a shame I can’t enter and win it for myself!”

    For the opportunity to win a stay at the CommBank Matildas’ Fan Suite in Sydney and become part of sporting history, you will need to head to The Star website and describe in 25 words or less why Sydney is the best city in the world to see the Matildas play in the upcoming women’s football tournament.

    Full details of the experience include: 

    • Two nights’ accommodation in the Matildas Fan Suite for one lucky winner and three guests from 19 July – 21 July
    • Domestic flights and airport transfers for four people (if winner is from interstate or regional NSW) 
    • Four tickets to the Australia v Republic of Ireland match on 20 July (transfers to match also included) 
    • Meet and greet with former Matildas star, Michelle Heyman  
    • Pre-game party playlist by Nina Las Vegas created especially for the stay 
    • Four official Matildas official merchandise packs  

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