11 Apr 2018

Warriors want AMI Stadium expanded

11:11 am on 11 April 2018

AMI Stadium officials are making plans in increase the capacity of the Christchurch venue for the Warriors rugby league game there in June.

Ticket sales for the game against Manly on June 9th have skyrocketed following the warriors unbeaten start to the NRL season.

AMI Stadium Christhchurch

AMI Stadium Christhchurch Photo: Photograph

Match organisers have been in discussion with Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach about the option to erect the larger northern stand, which has been used for international matches to increase the capacity from 17,600 to 22, 500.

"Ticket sales have gone through the roof in recent weeks," says match organiser Justin Wallace. "With each Warriors victory the amount of tickets we sell weekly has dramatically increased. At this rate, I think we will be sold out well ahead of kick-off time."

The Manly match against the Warriors on June 9 in Christchurch is sandwiched between high-profile Crusaders home matches against the Hurricanes and Highlanders.

"The Crusaders are also expecting big crowds for those Super Rugby matches, so we are talking to them and investigating the costs of putting up the bigger stand to give more fans the opportunity to see an NRL match in Christchurch," says Wallace who encourages fans to get their tickets soon.

"There are no guarantees that we will be able to build the larger stand, so fans cannot afford to sit back and wait," Wallace says, adding that the most decisive fans will be rewarded with the staggered pricing model.

The Warriors attracted 26 and a half thousand fans to Mt Smart for their win over North Queensland last weekend.