Counting down to pre-season in Perth

Today, Chelsea Football Club makes our first announcement for the 2018/19 pre-season schedule, with a match against Perth Glory to take place at the brand new Optus Stadium on Monday 23 July.

We announced our forthcoming visit to Western Australia early last year, and the countdown is now on to the big day, with hospitality packages available now and general admission tickets on sale from next Thursday 15 February.

We will meet A-League Glory in the first football game to take place at the new stadium, kicking off the Blues’ 2018/19 campaign in style in front of over 60,000 fans.

Former Blue Mark Schwarzer, Australia’s most capped international player, was at Optus Stadium today for the announcement.

‘This venue is truly spectacular, I know the team will be hugely excited to be the first Premier League club to play here,’ he said.

‘There are thousands of passionate Chelsea supporters across Australia and south-east Asia. I’d encourage them to come and watch the team play at this world-class venue and take some extra time to enjoy the very best of Perth and Western Australia.’

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added: ‘We will be taking a strong squad to Perth as we prepare for the 2018/19 season. Of course, we have a long way to go in the current campaign but we can already look forward to an exciting pre-season.

‘Optus Stadium will be a fantastic and fitting venue for us to visit our passionate Australian supporters once more and take part in an entertaining match against Perth Glory.’

 Optus Stadium, which is set to host the Blues later this year

Optus Stadium CEO, Mike McKenna, said this is a huge occasion for Optus Stadium and Western Australia.

‘Optus Stadium has been open for less than a month and has already had nearly 180,000 visitors attend three sold-out events, receiving rave reviews along the way,’ he said.

‘We can’t wait to welcome Chelsea in July, they are one of the biggest international football clubs with millions of fans around the world.  To have the team play an Australian-exclusive match in our new Stadium is a huge coup for the State.’

The Blues visited Sydney on the back of being crowned Premier League champions in 2015, but it is 44 years since we last played in Perth, when we recorded a 1-0 win over a Western Australia side.

General public tickets will be on sale from 10am WST (2am GMT) and prices start at AUD 49. Visit optusstadium.com.au for further information, and watch out for plenty more news around the game in the coming weeks and months.