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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
11 www.coastingtoday.com.au FIGHT NIGHT: Anthony Mundine celebrates his win over local boy Marc Bargero at Central Coast Stadium in 2001. The event was John Singleton's first look at the Gosford venue. Picture by Adam Pretty/Allsport. HIGH FLYERS: The 2004 Supercross Grand Final proved that the stadium could be home to much more than ball sports. Picture by Tim Clayton. 7Rugby World Cup -- 2003 Anyone who had anything to do with the Rugby World Cup will know how big this was. We staged three of the events and they were outstanding. My favourite was the USA versus Japan game. The crowd really got into it. (I think I saw Elvis in the building -- or maybe a couple of him.) The way the community adopted all of the teams and their fans was unbelievable. I know we were voted as one of the favourite venues of the tournament because of the hospitality we showed. It really cemented Central Coast on the map -- both nationally and internationally. 8Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets, February 17, 2005 This is a year that the Central Coast should never forget. We finally get our own sporting team [in soccer's A-League] and what an impact they had on the community from day one. I grew up following rugby league but the atmosphere you get at a live football match, especially the local derbies, is something you can't explain. My most memorable experience at this venue from the past 10 years would have to be the Mariners versus Jets match on February 17 -- the game that took us one step closer to the grand final. I remember standing on the western concourse behind an elderly couple waiting for that final siren. It felt like hours. I can't believe how nervous I was, but when I heard the siren I looked around and all 17,429 fans -- including me -- were jumping around, screaming and hugging each other. 9Crusty Demons -- 2008 These guys are insane. What a show! We get so many calls from people asking us when the Crusty Demons are coming back. To see the stadium transformed with those amazing ramps was spectacular. 10Central Coast Mariners grand final send-off -- February 24, 2008 About 5000 people turned up to line the Gosford waterfront and the streets around the stadium to wish the Central Coast Mariners well as they left the Central Coast to take on Newcastle Jets in the A-League grand final in Sydney. It showed just how much the Central Coast has embraced its team. TOUCHDOWN: USA cross for a spectacular try during their Rugby World Cup showdown with Japan in 2003. Picture by Phil Carrick. COASTING HISTORY SPIRIT: The Central Coast turned on a warm welcome for the Olympic torch in 2000. Picture by Liam Driver.
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