Melbourne Victory can today confirm Etihad Stadium will be set up in rectangular mode for all of the club's home games in the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.
Fans will continue be closer to the action, as the stadium again shows its strong support of Melbourne Victory and the A-League by moving the retractable seats in for each game this season, including both Melbourne derbies.
Head Coach Kevin Muscat said he was delighted that the seats would be in rectangular mode for all games.
“As someone who was in the thick of the action at Etihad Stadium as both a player and now a coach, I saw first hand how great it was having the crowd close to the action,” Muscat said.
“The players love it and it makes one of our home grounds even more intimidating for visiting sides.
“We certainly thank Etihad Stadium for their continued support of the club and can’t wait to be back in action in Round 1 as we take on Western Sydney Wanderers in what will be a massive match."
Etihad Stadium CEO Paul Sergeant said the stadium was thrilled to be bringing the seats in for all of Victory’s home games.
“The feedback from Victory fans during last season was overwhelmingly positive, so the decision to present the stadium in rectangular mode for all Victory matches during the coming season was a real no-brainer,” Mr Sergeant said.
“It certainly adds to the cracking atmosphere Victory fans create and with five huge games to be played here at Etihad this season it’s going to be brilliant.”
Melbourne Victory memberships will go on sale this week.