Central Coast Stadium to host free day of fun to mark 20-year anniversary on Saturday, February 8

CENTRAL Coast Stadium at Gosford will host a fun day of celebrations this Saturday to mark the venue's 20-year anniversary.

Party goers will have the opportunity to take part in a stadium tour, and be entertained by live music.

Reptiles from the Australian Reptile Park will be on show.

There will be a variety of food stalls and several giveaways offering patrons chances to win prizes including a Hamilton Island accommodation package, meet mascots from the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters rugby league teams, and the Central Coast Mariners A-League players.

The first 300 people to attend will receive free ice-cream and 'chips on a stick'.

Central Coast Stadium manager Kath Casey said the stadium had played an important part in the Coast's history.

"Over the past 20 years the stadium has seen many changes, however, it is now in the best shape it has ever been," Mrs Casey said.

"To date we have hosted more than 490 events and welcomed over 3.6 million people through our gates.

"We are so proud of the calibre of events the stadium has attracted to the region including Lionel Ritchie, NRL matches, Nitro Circus, rugby union and A-League games, and it's an absolute pleasure to go to work every day."

Mayor Lisa Matthews is urging the public to attend and enjoy the celebrations.

"From the opening game on February 7, 2000, and indeed even the years before it, the community has taken the stadium to heart." Cr Matthews said.

"Over the years it has hosted everything from professional sport teams to local grand finals, concerts, and our annual community carols.

"It is a true asset to the community which has attracted attention throughout the Asia-Pacific region when it played host to some of Asian football's biggest names as well as staging rugby union and rugby league world cup games.

"There has been a lot of history made here over the last two decades and we want everyone to be part of the celebrations."

Entry to the Central Coast Stadium 20-year anniversary celebrations is free. The event will run from 10am to 2pm.

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