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HBF Park to host Italian powerhouses for open training, and a good cause!

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HBF Park will also play host to Serie A powerhouses AC Milan and AS Roma, with the two clubs to hold an open training ahead of their match at Optus Stadium.

Training sessions for both clubs will be held at HBF Park on Thursday 30 May 2024 – AC Millan at 4:30pm followed by AS Roma at 6:30pm. 

The event will be ticketed, with all proceeds from the $5 entry to go to Telethon.

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The historic Italian football blockbuster at Optus Stadium between AS Roma and AC Milan will be broadcast live and free at 7.00pm AWST, Friday, 31 May on Seven and 7plus.

The Asia Pacific exclusive match on Friday 31 May is supported by the Western Australian Government and will be the first time two Serie A teams will play each other in Australia.

“We’re very excited to be hosting this match between two giants of Italian football here in Perth, and expect tens of thousands of fans to attend in person, and even more watching the live broadcast all over the world, putting Western Australia on the global stage once again,” WA Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA said.

“This match is definitely not one to miss, and I encourage those who aren’t able to attend in person to tune in to the broadcast to watch what is sure to be yet another blockbuster football match hosted in our beautiful city.”

“More than 50,000 fans are anticipated to pack Optus Stadium for the clash of these two Italian heavyweights, including thousands from outside WA,” Ticketmaster Australia Managing Director, Gavin Taylor said.

“It’s befitting of the status of the teams, and the historic nature of the match as the first Serie A battle on Australian soil, that it will be broadcast live on Seven and 7plus, Australia’s Home of Sport, for those unable to attend in person.”

“Seven is the home of sport and it's great to have such big name teams not only in Perth for the WA Day weekend but on our screens and 7Plus live across the country,” CEO, Seven West Media WA, Maryna Fewster said.

The historic rivalry has been contested 190 times in Italy since 1927 with Milan recording 85 victories against Roma’s 45 with 54 draws.   

AC Milan last played in Australia in 1993 while AS Roma last played in Australia in 2015, in front of more than 80,000 at the MCG against Real Madrid. 

The match is expected to draw massive national viewership, with both teams holding strong Australian fan bases on the east coast as well as Perth, Western Australia.