NEW Zealand Football Championship side Team Wellington will play curtain raisers before two Wellington Phoenix A-League matches this season, giving fans a whole afternoon of football.
The two organisations have entered into an agreement where there is a sharing of resources that includes a channel for the Football School of Excellence, and the curtain raisers are an extension of the arrangement.
Team Wellington general manager Shaun Gill said that playing a curtain raiser at Westpac Stadium is a great opportunity for Team Wellington players.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Team Wellington players to experience playing at Westpac Stadium” Gill said.
“The quality of the pitch, the facilities, and hopefully a few fans will be keen on coming along and seeing two games of football in the afternoon.”
Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome said the initiative further cements the relationship between the Phoenix and Team Wellington.
“This season the Team Wellington relationship has been excellent. We’ve really enjoyed working alongside them in building a programme that will help us develop the football talent in this country,” Dome said.
For the fans it also means they get a whole afternoon of football, as a Phoenix season ticket also includes access to all Team Wellington games – both the ones at Westpac Stadium and at David Farrington Park in Miramar.
YoungHeart Manawatu will also play a curtain raiser against Waikato United on December 2.
At a glance:
November 11 Team Wellington vs Waikato United, 1.45pm kick off (gates open 1.30pm)
December 2 YoungHeart Manawatu vs Waikato, 1.45pm kick off (gates open 1.30pm)
December 9 Team Wellington vs Otago United, 1.45pm kick off (gates open 1.30pm)