Aussies everywhere are giving a hard pass to their plans tonight in favour of tuning in for the Matildas’ epic semi-final match against England. Our usual Wednesday routines are on hiatus as we centre stage this World Cup clash, and you can feel the buzz in the air.
Restaurants are bracing themselves for the impact, dealing with a flood of cancellations as many fans choose to watch the game at home. Trivia nights and movie screenings are taking a backseat to show support for this monumental event. Some may see this as a financial blow, but most are more than happy to roll with it.
The allure of the game and the potential for boosted profits is impossible for some business owners to ignore. Sporting venues and eateries are taking up this opportunity to host fans, offering big screens to catch all the action.
⚽ Make it a night out in Ballarat tomorrow before the Matildas kick-off!— Ballarat Council (@cityofballarat) August 15, 2023
🍽️ Eat out at your favourite restaurant
🕗 7:30pm start, 8pm kick-off
📍 Alfred Deakin Place, Ballarat
✔️ Public toilets + limited heaters
🚧 See below for parking and road closures
💚 GO MATILDAS 💛 pic.twitter.com/Egf4PwL5rE
Football clubs across the land are taking the hit too, with practice sessions canceled so players and fans alike can tune in and show support. Sure, for some, it’s a minor inconvenience. But for many they are filled with and they are totally behind it.
Aussies of all ages are finding reasons to enjoy this huge achievement. For the younger generation, it’s about inspirational female sporting stars and building a brighter future in girls’ sports. And for the older generation, it’s a chance to witness something truly exceptional in the midst of tough times.
Tonight, it’s all about the Matildas and their incredible journey. Australia might have hit pause on regular activities for now, but we gladly make this sacrifice to witness history in the making.
Whether you’re kicking back at home or heading out to a venue, gather your mates, and brace yourselves for an unforgettable night.
Live pre-game coverage commences at 7:00pm AEST LIVE on Channel 7, 7Plus App & Optus Sport (kick off starts at 8:00pm). Goooo Matildas!
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