United is coming home

Western United players and staff and members of Wyndham council celebrate the announcement of the club's first game in Tarneit on March 17. (supplied) 388956_01

Western United is heading home.

Wyndham council announced on Tuesday that work on the Regional Football Facility in Tarneit is now complete.

The A-League Women home fixture against Newcastle Jets on Sunday, March 17 is set to be the opening match, followed by National Premier League and A-League Men games.

Western United women’s coach Kat Smith said she can’t wait for her team to be playing in the opening match at Tarneit.

“It’s such a privilege for myself, the players and all the fans who’ve joined our journey of building a football club to share this significant milestone of moving into our new headquarters and playing a home match for the very first time,” she said.

“The girls will be absolutely buzzing to be playing in this historic opening match.”

Men’s coach John Aloisi echoed Smith’s comments.

“Our boys are so eager and excited to get to Tarneit, create our home and just start sharing football experiences with the local community,” he said.

“The preamble is over, we’re coming home now.”

“It truly is a great day for football.”

Wyndham mayor Jennie Barrera, said completion of the facility marked the first stage of the council’s project.

The next stage will deliver a purpose-built, 15,000-capacity football stadium and 800-lot residential community.

“It’s been a long time coming and we are so excited to welcome Western United to its rightful home in Tarneit,” Ms Barrera said.

Western United and WMG Chairman Jason Sourasis said the club would be working feverishly to be ready to host games as soon as possible.

“This is a momentous milestone for everyone involved in the project. It allows us to move into our permanent home, playing out of only the second rectangular stadium in the state of Victoria that is approved to play A-League Men and A-League Women games,” Mr Sourasis said.

“The next phase of growth for Western United Football Club will be underpinned by a community and fan-first philosophy as we entrench our football club into the Wyndham community. I thank everyone that has been on this journey for their unwavering belief, effort, support and patience.”

United and council will share additional updates as soon as possible on confirmed matchdays, events and ticketing information for the facility.