News from Wellington Phoenix
The Wellington Phoenix will make history when they host two English Premier League sides in New Zealand for the first time in July.
In a football extravaganza that will span the length of the country, sports fans will be able to experience a football event never seen before in this part of the world.
Westpac Stadium will be rocking when English Premier League clubs West Ham United and Newcastle United take part in a ground-breaking double header with the Wellington Phoenix and Australian glamour club Sydney FC.
West Ham United and Newcastle United will play two exhibition matches at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on 26 July, in matches arranged by the Wellington Phoenix with the support of the Wellington City Council.
Auckland and Dunedin will share in the festivities with games featuring the two English Premier League teams at Eden Park and Forsyth Barr Stadium.
It will be the first time in the Southern Hemisphere that two English Premier League clubs have played on the same ground on the same day.
Announcing the games today Wellington Phoenix Chairman Rob Morrison said he was delighted the club was hosting two such high profile teams.
“All of New Zealand will be able to be part of this unique sporting event, with Newcastle United journeying to Dunedin and West Ham United to Auckland, with both sides finishing their tour with the double-header in Wellington.”
Game one will feature Newcastle United playing Sydney FC at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday July 22, kick off 7.30pm.
Game two sees West Ham United take on the Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday July 23, at Auckland’s Eden Park, kick off 7.30pm
The tour will then move to Wellington for a double-header on Saturday, July 26 where Sydney FC will take on West Ham and the Phoenix will play Newcastle United at Westpac Stadium.
Morrison said it was important to the Club that as many fans as possible could be part of this historic event.
“Ticket prices start at just $35 for adults and $16 for a child for the Westpac Stadium extravaganza on July 26” Morrison said.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the event is exciting for the city and is part of the strong working relationship between the two organisations.
“The Wellington City Council is delighted to work with the Phoenix on bringing this great sporting contest to the Capital. Our stadium’s location is ideally suited to a big match and ‘the beautiful game’ will be fully celebrated in a Football Festival for everybody,” she said. “This spectacular event will draw football fans from around the country and across the Tasman.”
Tickets for the Auckland and Wellington games go on sale to Phoenix Members from 30 April and on public sale from 19 May at Ticketek. Dunedin will be on sale 21 May. Details at www.wellingtonphoenix.com.
Read the full announcement here