Wellington Phoenix will look to play two games a season for the next two seasons at Auckland’s Eden Park.
Coming on the back of an average of over 15,000 for the past three games at New Zealand’s largest stadium, New Zealand’s only professional football club has locked in appearances at Eden Park until the end of the 2021/22 season.
Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome said it made good sense to commit to Auckland following the support Eden Park and Auckland fans had shown in the Wellington Phoenix.
‘’Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner and his team, and Auckland based fans, have made our Auckland games worthwhile due to their support to see the Phoenix play in the country’s largest city over the last three games played there.
‘’It’s important for us as a club to have a presence in Auckland and an average of over 15,000 there is a wonderful result for the club.
‘’The atmosphere generated by the fans in last weekend’s 15,000 and last season’s 22,000 was something very special for the players and the club.
‘’Locking in two games a season for the next two seasons is repaying the commitment of Auckland fans to support the Phoenix and professional football in New Zealand.
Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner says it’s clear there is a strong football fan base in Auckland and the stadium is well-suited to provide a variety of entertainment options at the 117-year-old venue.
“It’s been a pleasure to host the Wellington Phoenix in what has been a series of fantastic crowds at New Zealand’s national stadium over the past year. Bringing these matches to Tāmaki Makaurau would not be possible without the support of ATEED and we look forward to continuing to host the Nix at their home away from home over the coming seasons.”