Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 9/08/2019 12:28 p.m.
This month Northland Events Centre will once again be hosting Northland Rugby’s Mitre 10 Cup games.
Council’s Venues & Events Manager, Carina de Graaf said that Northland’s home games kick off at the stadium on Thursday 15 August and we’re getting ready for what we hope will be an amazing season.
“Planning for this kind of event, starts pretty early and it’s been exciting to hear about Northland Rugby’s new ideas and initiatives to bring more crowds into the stadium on match day,” Carina said.
“They’ve changed the corporate hospitality offerings to give broader appeal and are also launching theme days so there’s something for everyone as well as watching the rugby.
“The first home game is against Auckland and will be the launch of a three year campaign to support Keep Kauri Standing. As the kauri tree is the emblem Northland Rugby has worn on their crest for the past 99 years it’s great to see them helping to raise awareness of the threat to our kauri trees,” she said.
“It seems like there’s something for everyone. There’s a Club Day on 31 August with the aim of helping to ‘Fill the Bank’ at the stadium with crowds of supporters giving some revenue back to clubs.
“We have a fantastic venue and we can handle the big crowds, so it would be great to see the bank full with more supporters coming out to watch the Northland games live at the stadium.
“With the Women’s Rugby World Cup games scheduled to be held in Whangarei in 2021, women’s rugby is growing. Wahine Day on Sunday 22 September will be a double header with the Farah Palmer Cup and Mitre 10 Cup games played back-to back.
“For the rest of the season there’s Legends Day with past Northland players invited to mix and mingle with the crowds and of course a fun filled afternoon for the whole family on Whanau Day.
“We’re really excited about the season and look forward to seeing big crowds,” said Carina.