Five reasons Spotless sucks

Without a win from six games at the venue, Western Sydney Wanderers have had a less than ideal start to life at Spotless Stadium.

The little brother of ANZ, Spotless is becoming the sibling the Wanderers don’t want to play with, or rather at.

Which is fair enough because here’s five reasons why Spotless simply sucks when it comes to football:

  1. Shape

Designed with AFL and cricket in mind, Spotless is anything but a football stadium. It’s oval shape creating far too large a barrier between fans and the action. Unlike Pirtek where fans could could hear their side’s every breath, Spotless makes it hard for many fans to actually identify their players. Let’s not even mention those oddly placed poles.

  1. Soulless

Located in the barren wasteland that is Olympic Park and with the Wanderers themselves having a pretty poor season, red and black fans haven’t been showing up in their usual droves. While acoustically not the worse stadium around, Spotless has all too often fallen silent with the spirit of fans slowly sucked away.

  1. Pitch

With such an ambitious name it’s pretty hard for the Spotless pitch to ever live up to expectations. But while aesthetically looking quite fine at times, the ground itself seems to be pretty patchy with many a player slipping at key moments. The placement of the pitch too is less than ideal for a majority of fans.

  1. Wanderers can’t win there

Away fans must really be starting to love Spotless with the Wanderers winless at the venue after six games. While perhaps a venue of some liking to away sides, the fact the home team can’t get a win there says a lot about the stadium itself. Western Sydney are clearly not getting any of the benefits a home game usually involves when playing at Spotless.

  1. Size

Though only marginally bigger in terms of capacity to Pirtek Stadium, the sheer size of Spotless means a smaller than average home crowd is made to look even smaller. How there were over 8,000 in attendance on Saturday night is anyone’s guess. With fans spread thin across the stadium, a Wanderers game at Spotless no longer brings with it the sea of red and black we were getting used to.

Feature image: Steve Christo

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