Sydney CBD and Western Sydney will shine bright with an orange glow this week in support of the Greater Western Sydney Giants’ bid for their first AFL Premiership.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the WestConnex tunnels, Parramatta Town Hall and Sydney Olympic Park will be lit in the Giants’ signature orange ahead of Saturday’s AFL Grand Final, bringing the spirit of GWS to the city and beyond.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the wash of orange across Sydney and Parramatta will bring energy, determination and success to the team.
“It’s fantastic to see the Harbour City get behind the Giants by wearing its heart – and the GWS colours – on its sleeve, and we hope this extra boost will get the team over the line on Saturday,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said it was a hallmark moment for the newest club in the league and the community that has backed them.
“It’s incredible that the mighty Greater Western Sydney Giants have secured their debut grand final berth in just eight years in the league. But the foundation and history of this club runs deep throughout the community of Western Sydney, from junior players and officials, to volunteers and die-hard supporters,” Mr Ayres said.
Sydney Olympic Park, Parramatta Town Hall and the WestConnex tunnels will be lit orange tonight and tomorrow, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge will shine orange tomorrow evening. Blacktown City Council is also dressing the Village Green in Giants colours.
Sydney Olympic Park will become the Giants’ official live site as the battle against Richmond unfolds. From 12-6pm on Saturday the family-friendly, no-alcohol live site in Cathy Freeman Park will include inflatable activities for kids, picnic space, beanbags, in the presence of a live broadcast. Surrounding pubs and licensed cafes will also support the Giants.