Red & Black Football

Penrith to be the only derby not at an oval

Panthers Stadium in Penrith is going to play host to the only Sydney derby not to be played at a stadium built primarily for other sports this season due to the new stadiums being built in both the East and West.

The SCG is a magnificent stadium and I hope it sells out and that there is a spectacle with 3 points attached, but in truth supporters will be miles away from the action.

The same can be said for the old running track which is ANZ, itself a multi-purpose stadium whereby the extra seats do not equate to extra atmosphere.

Penrith is going to be a great spectacle, the sidelines are close by and the hills on either end give the fans standing on them a chance to jump about and mosh without the hindrance of seats and steps.

Active will have the opportunity to put on a spectacle at both ends in this one, it is all set up for an enthralling encounter on and off the field.

I wonder if some of that safe pyro may be tested before it is unveiled officially?

Regardless, the decision to play the game at a rectangular stadium is fantastic news for both clubs supporters and for the FFA Cup itself, a boutique stadium, two bitter rivals and a winner takes all match.

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