Western United find another A-League home

Oliver Caffrey
Western United have scrapped plans to play all their home A-League matches in regional Victoria

Western United could rotate their A-League home games to even more venues while their planned stadium remains in limbo.

The competition's newest club have shifted their match against Adelaide United on January 26 to Footscray's Whitten Oval, away from Geelong's GMHBA Stadium.

Western United have been hosting fixtures in Geelong and Ballarat while they await a permanent home at Tarneit to be built.

The club is banking on the privately-owned stadium being ready by 2021 or 2022, but are yet to finalise an opening date.

"There were some significant milestones late last year, particularly with council, to get those plans, basically rubber-stamped," United spokesperson Matt O'Hanlon said.

"Our plan is still to build, and then open for our third or fourth season... we're pushing to open that stadium as quick as we can."

The club has struggled with crowds at the 36,000-capacity GMHBA Stadium, as a combined total of 23,406 turned out for its first four home games in Geelong.

United's Victorian derby against Melbourne Victory produced their biggest home crowd in Geelong with 10,128.

In their only game at Ballarat so far, 5084 people watched them take on Wellington at the 11,000-capacity Mars Stadium.

United's round-16 game on Australia Day will take place at the training base of the Western Bulldogs while the AFL club is in Queensland on a pre-season camp.

It's the third AFL venue the club would have hosted a game at.

O'Hanlon said it wasn't possible to play A-League matches at Knights Stadium in Sunshine North as it fell short of FFA requirements.

"We did look a lot of different options in the inner-west, but the reality is logistics," he said.

"FFA and the broadcaster have ticked off this stadium (Whitten Oval) as appropriate to hold a game.

"It doesn't mean we've closed the door on any other options in the west, we're looking to take the game to whether the fans may be.

"We're really happy to play games down in Geelong...we continue to be well supported by Geelong, so we don't expect that will change."

Star United defender Andrew Durante said the club's situation was unique, but he was looking forward to playing in the first A-League game in Footscray.

"Once the stadium is built, we'll have a real strong home base, probably one of the best stadiums in Australia," he said.

"Players want a set home base, fans want a set home base...but in the meantime the players are happy.

"We like to go to different stadiums, in different atmospheres, so we'll make the most of the home game at Footscray."

Bulldogs chief executive Ameet Bains said the club was excited to showcase the Whitten Oval to a new fanbase.

"We look forward to helping (United) to ensure the event is a success," Bains said.

United have a bye this weekend before hosting Central Coast in Geelong on January 19.