Hamilton is now set to host a huge event in 10 days time. A temporary stand for 6000, has given Waikato Stadium a great boost for hosting more than 31,500 rugby fans - the largest crowd to experience an All Blacks fixture at the venue.
Waikato Rugby Union (WRU) Chief Executive Graham Bowen said the last of the tickets were sold at the weekend. He said the region had willingly stepped up to take the challenge of hosting this year’s only home-game for the All Blacks against South Africa.
“We are extremely proud to see the rugby public, in particular people from our province, getting behind this great international fixture. To be a sell out two weeks before the game is played shows rugby interest is alive and well.
“It is an historic match for our Union, for our city and for our province. As the host union for this match, the WRU prides itself on being able to host New Zealand Rugby Union fixtures to a high standard. Thank you to all the supporters who have invested in rugby and helped make the match a sell-out,” Mr Bowen said.
NZRU General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen congratulated Waikato Rugby Union on a fantastic effort to sell-out the match 11 days before kick-off.
“Waikato Rugby and the Waikato community have been outstanding in getting behind this historic event. It will be the first time the All Blacks and Springboks have met on Mooloo territory, and it will also be the inaugural Investec Tri-Nations match at held Waikato Stadium.
“We’re looking forward to a spectacular and memorable night of fantastic entertainment and a good game of rugby between these two great rivals,” he said.
Waikato Stadium gates open at 5.30pm with kick off at 7.35pm, but fans are encouraged to get to the game early and take in the spectacular pre-match entertainment which gets under way at 7.10pm.
Meanwhile, the only All Blacks Test tickets available are for the last home-game in Wellington a week later, on Saturday 19 September, when the All Blacks take on the Wallabies. Rugby fans from all over the country are urged not to miss out on the Bledisloe match.
“I’m sure the Wellington region will come out to support the team and to help create a fantastic atmosphere for the All Blacks v Wallabies Test match, when they face off at Westpac Stadium. The Bledisloe and Investec Tri Nations Test will be the last home game for the All Blacks in 2009,” Mr Sorensen said.
“Wellington City is very hard to beat on a big game night, so we’re looking forward to everyone coming out to support that event too,” he said.