3 Jun 2014

Warriors stick with Mt Smart

5:17 pm on 3 June 2014

The Warriors have announced their Eden Park experiment has come to an end and Mount Smart Stadium will be the club's Auckland home venue next year, with nearly all regular season games to be played at the Penrose ground.

The Warriors only played their first home game of the year at Mt Smart on Sunday, in the win over Newcastle.

The Warriors opened their season with three home games at Eden Park against St George Illawarra, Canterbury-Bankstown and Canberra with a fourth against Wests Tigers played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Outgoing Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah says they've trialled Eden Park as arranged with the Regional Facilities Auckland strategy and after considering feedback from members and fans, there aren't sufficient compelling reasons to contemplate a permanent move to the Sandringham venue.

Scurrah says at this point in time they have a range of concerns about the suitability of permanently playing all their Auckland home games at Eden Park.

And Warriors owner Eric Watson says Mt Smart has much more in its favour and it remains their home, which is what members and fans want.

Watson says the Warriors have another four years to run on their contract at Mt Smart and would like to talk to the Auckland council about improving the facilities there.