Kick off the World Cup at Coogee Bay Hotel
With World Cup season just around the corner, football fans are in for a treat as Coogee Bay Hotel prepares for a month-long takeover of burgers, big screens and footy-themed frolics. Launching a dedicated ‘Fan Zone’ to celebrate this year’s anticipated FIFA tournament, Coogee’s legendary beachside hangout is pulling out all the stops…
As World Cup fever slowly sweeps the nation, football fans from all corners of the globe will join forces to watch in trepidation as the results of the 2018 FIFA World Cup dramatically unfold. From Brazil to France, to Australia to Russia, 32 teams will battle against one another in a bid to win this year’s esteemed championship title.
For those who aren’t planning to trek across the Pacific, Coogee Bay Hotel will be swinging open the doors of its iconic music venue to host a hub of FIFA-fuelled fun. SELINA’S legendary stage, which has welcomed all kinds of musical greats over the years, (everyone including Nirvana and INXS to Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel have performed there) will be transformed into the ultimate football playground with retro arcade games, soccer-themed amusements, live match screenings and a throng of live music and entertainment.
A bit of an institution on the sports scene, its enviable beachside location together with its screen-laden Sports Bar and sprawling garden are more than enough to draw in the crowds, but with the addition of this year’s World Cup Fan Zone, things are about to heat up for bonafide footy fans.
Sydney Largest World Cup ’18 Fan Zone
From 15 June, SELINA’S will become a bubbling hub of activity, with plenty of football paraphernalia to get you in the spirit. Offering a fun-filled space for all to enjoy - you can just as easily rock up with your mates as you can with the kids - this playing field comes stacked to the rafters with all kinds of sporting amusements, along with a jam-packed calendar of activities, all of which are entirely free.
Football nets adorn the walls and ceilings, whilst sofas and giant football beanbags are perfectly positioned beneath the mammoth 250 inch projection screen, where you can catch all the live action.
But it’s not just about sitting down to watch the game, this immersive space has enough to keep you entertained from morning, noon and night. Look forward to limited edition burgers and buckets of chilled Bud, football-themed trivia and singles’ mixer nights (singleton’s wanting to find their football match should clear a space in their diaries on 27 June) and FIFA gaming comps every Saturday where you can show off your soccer skills to win some great prizes.
Live bands will take to the stage every Friday featuring some of the area’s best local talent (Rackett, Marvell and Shag Rock are set to play over the course of the games), and for one night only Coogee United FC will hang up their football shirts to strut their stuff on SELINA’S stage (yes, there’ll be swimwear) in a hope to be crowned Mr World Cup. Prepare to get excited ladies.
For kids (and big kids) there’ll be gaming sections dotted around (think arcade games, foosball, air hockey, Playstations and virtual headsets), and don’t forget to dust off your best Aussie soccer colours to support the lads, and be in with a chance of winning some fab World Cup memorabilia.
Optus Sport will broadcast live from SELINA’S during the Australia vs. France game, and they’ll be interviewing throughout the course of the evening, so be sure to get your game face on - or indeed bet on who you think will win, as there’ll be betting facilities both in the Fan Zone and Sports Bar. This could be your chance to win some big bucks!
Lastly, in a build up to the final, the Fan Zone is set to throw an epic closing party with live DJs, games and exciting giveaways. And for those wanting to carry on the celebrations, you can always hole up at the hotel to make a indulgent weekend of it.
About The Coogee Bay Hotel
Whilst the weather might not be balmy enough for a quick ocean dip, this beachside haven set in the heart of Coogee Beach has summer written all over it, no matter what time of year. World Cup fans will be spoilt for choice with endless selection of bars and cosy spaces.
Whether you want to raise a glass in the Sports Bar or grab a bite in the Brasserie, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. If the tensions get too high, retreat to the Beach Bar’s rustic seaside shack for a bucket of Crystal Bay prawns and freshly caught oysters, whilst sunny spells call for alfresco cocktails on the garden terrace, which (lucky for you) comes decked out with toasty heaters during the cooler winter months.
When the hunger pangs hit head to the Brasserie, Beach Bar or Garden for wood-fired pizzas, wagyu burgers and beer-battered snapper, or for something a little lighter, their fish poke bowls are sure to hit the mark.
Cocktails are a must, (the Bay Bloody Mary and Espresso Martinis are to-die-for) but for those feeling the chill, curl up on the comfy sofas in the Arden Lounge with a glass of Shiraz in hand. Bliss.
Did we mention Coogee Bay Hotel’s accommodation special? For the duration of the World Cup, you can book a room in the hotel’s Heritage room for just $129 (RRP $185) a night. A great way to celebrate the World Cup final. Here’s hoping Australia make the cut!