- Premier Mark McGowan officially welcomes Manchester United to Western Australia
- Club's first trip to Perth in more than 40 years - secured and supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA
- Perth matches to attract 21,000 visitors to the city, boosting jobs and the economy
- More than 100,000 people are expected to attend both matches
The fanfare of the Manchester United Tour turned up a notch today with Premier Mark McGowan welcoming the world-famous team to Perth at their official training ground, the WACA Ground.
Manchester United arrived in Perth on Monday afternoon (July 8) with their entire first team squad ahead of matches against A-League Premiers Perth Glory on Saturday, July 13, and traditional rivals Leeds United on Wednesday July 17.
The highly anticipated matches, to be held at Optus Stadium, will see 100,000 people attend both games and has attracted thousands of visitors to Western Australia, with more than 21,000 people from outside of Perth, including international visitors from more than 30 countries.
Perth has been painted red for the Manchester United Tour with red lighting on public buildings and bridges, banners being displayed throughout the city and public areas being utilised for themed events.
The paint the town red activation is already underway with the iconic blue Crawley Edge Boatshed, which has been made popular through social media, temporarily being transformed red and the bronze 'Eliza' statue, in the Swan River, sporting the Manchester United colours.
Retailers, cafés and other city businesses have also been encouraged to put their support behind the Premier League team by showing the club's colours through a range of their own activations to get people talking about Perth during the Manchester United Tour.
It is the first time the club has visited Perth in more than 40 years and was secured by the McGowan Government's $425 million commitment to Tourism Western Australia for events and marketing.
The team's 10-day trip features a program of special fan activities including an open training session at the WACA Ground, Manchester United legends dinner, a Manchester United legends corporate golf day and a supporters celebration at Embargo On The Point.
The Manchester United Foundation and Telethon have also formed an exciting partnership that will see an opportunity for disadvantaged Western Australian children to play football at their local community clubs.
Manchester United has one of the biggest supporter bases in the world, with more than 659 million fans across the globe. The club also has a strong global social media reach with more than 121 million followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter combined.
Manchester United's trip to Western Australia is supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA and VenuesWest, and by Optus Stadium operator, VenuesLive.
www.unitedinperth.com for tickets and more information, including the full schedule and other details about both matches.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Hosting the Red Devils in Perth is a massive coup for Western Australia.
"It's big-ticket events like these - in what is a typically low season on the WA events calendar, that help us attract more people to our State and gets people talking about how wonderful Western Australia really is.
"The more people we have filling our hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés, and spending money in our local stores, the more beneficial it is for our local economy and local jobs."
Comments attributed to Acting Sport and Recreation Minister Francis Logan:
"Securing these two matches at Optus Stadium and having Manchester United train at the WACA enable us to showcase our state-of-the-art sporting complexes and historic grounds.
"As a tragic Manchester United fan, I'm most pleased to see so many people on the streets of Perth donning red and getting behind this world-class sport.
"These two matches will be an amazing sporting display and the lead-up will be huge as Manchester United prepare to take on Perth Glory and Leeds United."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
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