Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas was bathed in blue and white lights to welcome English Premier League champions Chelsea FC to Sydney ahead of their match against Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday, 2 June 2015.
The city’s iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, skyscrapers and Vivid Sydney installations at Dawes Point were switched to the legendary team’s colours ahead of their hotly anticipated Sydney match.
From 6pm for one hour, the interactive mass skyscraper illumination, Paint the Town, saw the city skyline painted blue while the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was switched to blue and white. Vivid light installations were also turned blue in honour of the team’s Sydney exclusive visit including Arclight, an impressive collection of structural illuminated branches.
Chelsea FC’s blockbuster Sydney match is set to attract more than 80,000 spectators who will gather to see England’s reigning champs take on the hometown heroes in the midweek clash.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said, “It was great to see Sydney putting on a colourful welcome for Chelsea FC before their game tonight. Chelsea is appearing exclusively in Sydney, with the event secured by the NSW Government through Destination NSW. With almost 20% of tickets sold to interstate and overseas fans, it promises to provide a boost to the local visitor economy,” he said.
Sandra Chipchase, CEO of Destination NSW said, “We are delighted to have a team of this calibre in Sydney and wanted to mark their visit in true Sydney style. No one puts on a better light show than Sydney during Vivid so this is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s best football teams,” she said.
The visit is set to provide an $8 million boost to the NSW economy with visitors from across Australia and the world travelling to Sydney to catch this exclusive match.
“Chelsea FC is one of the world’s biggest football clubs and to have them here in Sydney off the back of their English Premier League win is a real honour. We wish them the best in tonight’s match but know Sydney FC will give them a run for their money,” Ms Chipchase said.
While in Sydney, the club’s legendary manager, Jose Mourinho has had the opportunity to meet a local koala and kangaroo joey as well as enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour. The players have also enjoyed visits to Taronga Zoo, dined at local restaurants and checked out Vivid Sydney.
The full Vivid Sydney program and ticketing information is available at www.vividsydney.com