PHOENIX fans will have the chance to welcome back some of New Zealand’s World Cup heroes when Wellington Phoenix FC holds it annual family-focused open day at Westpac Stadium this Sunday.
PHOENIX fans will have the chance to welcome back some of New Zealand-s World Cup heroes when Wellington Phoenix FC holds it annual family-focused open day at Westpac Stadium this Sunday.
The Phoenix contributed star goalkeeper Mark Paston, Tim Brown, Tony Lochhead, Leo Bertos, Ben Sigmund and coach Ricki Herbert to the All Whites- stellar campaign in South Africa, with the Kiwis bowing out of the tournament despite being unbeaten in their three group matches.
From 11am-2pm on Sunday, July 4, the star six will rejoin their Phoenix teammates at Westpac Stadium for the Wellington club-s annual Phoenix Family Day in what will be a wonderful opportunity for fans to welcome home their heroes and get fired up for the Phoenix-s coming Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season.
“We haven-t experienced this unbelievable sense of pride in New Zealand as a football nation for a long time and I still don-t think that we have quite grasped the magnitude of what the All Whites have achieved,” said Phoenix interim chief executive Nathan Greenham.
“It-s an amazing time for football in New Zealand and it-s not over yet by any means. The club is gearing up for another exciting Hyundai A-League campaign on the back of last season-s fantastic performance and everything is pointing toward our biggest and best season yet. Add to that the Phoenix-s game against Argentina-s Boca Juniors at Westpac Stadium on July 23 and the football carnival rolls on.”
The Phoenix Family Day on Sunday, July 4, represents the official start of the Phoenix-s Hyundai A-League 2010/11 campaign.
“Our family open day at Westpac Stadium has always been incredibly popular with the fans and the return of our All Whites stars and coach Ricki Herbert will make this year-s event something extra special.”
The “Give It A Go” area will feature a range of fun football activities. Fans will also have the opportunity to experience what happens behind the scenes on game day at Westpac Stadium. The Phoenix change rooms will be open for fans to explore. Better still, visitors will have the opportunity to walk out the players- tunnel on to the hallowed Westpac Stadium turf.
The full Phoenix squad will be on hand to chat with fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Classic Hits breakfast show host Camille Guzzwell will host the event, featuring interviews with players and Phoenix stars going head-to-head is some fun challenges.
The Phoenix Family Day kicks off at 11am on Sunday, July 4, and finishes at 2pm.