Confidence in the Blues team is running high as they get ready to play in front of their largest home crowd in more than 10 years when they face off against the Hurricanes this Sunday. It’s the first match of the Super Rugby Aotearoa and the first professional Rugby game in three months. This follows the global cancellation of the game due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Our recent shift down to Alert Level One means restrictions on mass gatherings have been eased and sporting events can once again host spectators. Tickets have been selling like hotcakes for Sunday’s clash, a game in which Beauden Barrett, All Blacks superstar, will be making his debut for the franchise.
Eden Park Chief Executive Officer Nick Saunter confirmed that 26 000+ tickets have been sold, adding that his team is delighted about it. Saunter said that it’s hoped that this Sunday will break the previous records for attendance for the Blues over the past decade. He stated that our country is leading the way in many sectors, including agriculture, tourism, and now live sporting events.
The Blues are offering General Admission tickets at a reduced price, allowing kids in free, and have additionally arranged for free public transport. They even got permission for fans to flood the field when the game ends!
Saunter said that live events becoming possible once more is wonderful for business and also brings several members of staff back to work. He said that this week has been spent ensuring the park is up to scratch for Sunday’s big game.
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