Last minute training for the Socceroos at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Carroll● David Lowe: Once in a lifetime opportunity for football fans
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Who: Australia vUnited Arab Emirates, Asian Cup semifinals
When: Tuesday, January 27
Where: Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Weather: Showersin Newcastle (22 degrees).
HERE’S everything you need to know for Tuesday’sAsian Cup Semi-Final between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
United Arab Emirates pose for a team shot. Picture: Getty Images
The UAE is located in the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran.
The national football side is known as Al-Abyador “The Whites”. They made the World Cup in 1990 and finished runner-up in the 1996 Asian Cup.
They are currently ranked 80th in the FIFA world rankings, twenty spots away from Australia who entered the Asian Cup ranked 100th.
The two nations last met in October 2014, with the sides playing out a 0-0 draw.
Tuesday’sclash is the first time the sides have played each other in an Asian Cup.
Road closureswill be in place from4pm to midnighton Central St (both directions) and Young Rd between Turton Rd and Womboin Rd (both directions).
Hunter Stadium: A sell-out crowd is expected. Picture: Ryan Osland
Special event clearwayswill also be in place from3pm to midnighton Turton Rd and Young Rd.
Check signs carefully before parking as vehicles left in a signposted special event clearways will be towed and a towing fee applies.
Expect delays as traffic will be heavy, especially after full-time when motorists and pedestrians are leaving the venue.
If you’re heading to the game, be advised that the regular car park at Newcastle Stadium will not be available. Limited parking will be available on surrounding streets.
The AFC Asian Cup has partneredwith local transport authorities to provide free public transport to and from the stadium on match days. All you need to do is show your event ticket to bus and train personnel in order to gain free access.
4v2 quick feet and passes in tight areas #GoSocceroos#AUSvUAEhttps://t.co/Om6zwt8Mqf
— Socceroos (@Socceroos) January 26, 2015Ticket Offices will be open 2.5 hours before kick-off.
Gates will open 2 hours before kick-off.
The game is broadcast live on ABC, Foxsports and ABC Radio.
Australia’s Tim Cahill meets fans upon his arrival in Newcastle. Picture: Marina Neil
There is also a dedicated live site in the Honeysuckle precinct, with a big screen and interactive zone situated near the Crowne Plaza.