Major events expected to boost economy by $5 million

The Westfield Matildas take on Brazil at Pepper Stadium on Saturday, September 16.

The Westfield Matildas take on Brazil at Pepper Stadium on Saturday, September 16.

Three major events will come to Penrith over one huge weekend next month, boosting the local economy to the tune of about $5 million.

The weekend of September 16 and 17 will see the much-anticipated Matildas versus Brazil match at Pepper Stadium, the Penrith tennis international at Woodriff Gardens tennis centre, and the annual hardcore music festival, Defqon 1.

Penrith Mayor John Thain said then events would provide a “significant economic boost” for Penrith’s economy”.

“Thousands of visitors are expected to stay in the region, eat at our restaurants and buy things from local businesses,” he said in a statement. “This will be bring in an estimated $5 million dollars across the weekend.

“These events will also lift the profile of Penrith as a visitor destination in the lead up and across the weekend, with people travelling from across Australia and the world to attend while coverage of the Matildas game on FoxSports is expected to be viewed by millions of people.”

Tickets for the events are on sale now; with ticket prices for the Matildas vs Brazil game starting at just $10 for kids. The Penrith Tennis International is a free event which the local community are being invited to support.

“Residents have the opportunity to experience thrilling sporting action for a very affordable price or for free, and best of all they don’t have to travel,” Cr Thain said. “September 16 and 17 is going to be a great weekend in Penrith, I encourage everyone to be part of the action.”

Defqon 1 returns, bringing the world’s best musicians and performers to Penrith, on September 16.

Defqon 1 returns, bringing the world’s best musicians and performers to Penrith, on September 16.

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