Newcastle Jets has pulled off a major coup, luring football superstar David Beckham and his LA Galaxy team to the Hunter for a one-off friendly match next month.
20 Oct 2010 - 10:34 AM  UPDATED 16 Apr 2014 - 1:47 PM

The Jets will host Galaxy, which also features American World
Cup hero Landon Donovan, at EnergyAustralia Stadium on November 27
at 7.30pm.

The match is expected to attract 23,000 fans and bring more than
$1 million to the economy.

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally on Wednesday joined the Minister
for the Hunter and MP for Newcastle Jodi McKay, Jets chairman Ken
Edwards and A-League boss Lyall Gorman to announce details of the
exhibition game.

"NSW is Australia's premier state for major global events and
we're particularly keen to promote regional NSW destinations, so
this is a great coup for the Hunter and the State," Ms Keneally

"Australia is a sport-loving nation and our passion for football
has grown in recent years with the success of our Socceroos on the
world stage.

"NSW has recently hosted the successful Sydney International
FIFA Fan Fest, Australia versus Paraguay match and the
football-themed Breakfast on the Bridge.

"We want to show the world we are ready to host the World Cup in
2022 and securing major events such as this exclusive match for NSW
puts us in a strong position during the bid process."