Club: Central Coast Mariners | Opening: 1999 | Capacity: 20,059 seats
History and description
Bluetongue Stadium, better known as Central Coast Stadium, was built in 1999 to serve as a home for rugby club North Sydney Bears, who however never moved into the stadium.
Central Coast Stadium opened in February 2000, and the Central Coast Mariners moved in after their foundation in 2004.
The stadium has stands on three sides, with the side bordering the Brisbane Water left open. It has had various names, primarily resulting from sponsorship deals, with most recently the change to Bluetongue Stadium in 2011.
Bluetongue Stadium is located in the small city of Gosford, which lies about 70 kilometres north of Sydney. The stadium sits on the shores of the Brisbane Water, an inland bay, and lies on the south-western tip of Gosford’s city centre.
The stadium is separated from the bay by the Central Coast Highway, which branches off the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway further west. From the Freeway, exit for the Central Coast Highway/Gosford, and follow for almost 7 kilometres until reaching Gosford. The stadium will be visible on the left side of the road when on the bridge crossing the railroad tracks.
The stadium lies at short walking distance from Gosford train station. Gosford is on the Newcastle & Central Coast Line, which connects the city with Sydney and Newcastle. Regular trains depart from Sydney Central station for the 90-minute trip.
Address: Dane Drive & Central Coast Highway, Gosford NSW 2250
Tickets for Central Coast Mariners games can be purchased online (via Ticketek), or on the day of the match at the box office of the stadium. The Mariners currently average about 10,000 spectators per game.
Tickets typically range in price from AUD 19.00 for general admission seats (both at the ends and the sides) to AUD 35.00 for platinum seats at the main stand. Prices are increased with AUD 3.00 for a few high-profile matches.
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