A-League club Newcastle Jets together with the NSW State Government have officially announced the visit of MLS giants LA Galaxy for an exhibition match next month. In a massive coup for Hunter region, the Galaxy, with superstars David Beckham and Landon Donovan in two, will travel down under and spend four days in the area before taking on the Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday, November 27.
It will be the second visit by the Galaxy who came out to play Sydney FC in 2007, attracting 80,000 fans in a thrilling 5-3 encounter.
Minister for the Hunter, Jodi McKay, was extremely buoyant when announcing the event.
"This is fantastic news for football fans and for tourism in the Hunter. The phenomenal global interest in David Beckham, World Cup hero Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy team means Newcastle and the Jets will be in the spotlight for sports enthusiasts from around the world," said Minister McKay.
"There's sure to be a great deal of global media interest in David, Landon and the LA Galaxy visit to Newcastle and in the game itself. It's sure to generate interest in Australia and around the world for the Hunter as a great place to spend time."
Jets executive chairman Ken Edwards admitted it was a brilliant coup by the club.
"Jodi, together with the Jets, have worked very hard over the past 72 hours to ensure this exhibition match happens for the people of the Hunter. On behalf of the Jets I thank the NSW Government sincerely for their financial support and the great personal support provided by Jodi to get this deal over the line," he said.
The Jets have had a huge month since mining and racing magnate Nathan Tinkler took over as owner and this event only adds testament to the work the new officials have done since his instalment.