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8 Nov 2017
An economic bonanza is coming Wellington’s way on the back of the All Whites FIFA World Cup playoff against Peru which is expected to pump $8 million into the local economy.
Westpac Stadium will be packed on Saturday 11 November with close to 38,000 football fans. More than 40 per cent of tickets were sold outside the Wellington region.
Air New Zealand has put on extra flights to cater to demand, and accommodation providers and hospitality businesses are expecting a bumper weekend.
Kick off time is 4.15pm, which gives the hospitality sector two bites at the entertainment cherry – brunch/lunch pre-game and the dinner/drinks post-game.
Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Partnership and Events General Manager Warrick Dent says the All Whites clash will have a significant economic punch with future benefits.
“Wellington knows how to turn it on for big events and that is what’s happening for the All Whites match against Peru.
“Not only will it generate a significant boost for the economy, it is focusing the eyes of the footballing world onto the city. That is the sort of international coverage that can’t be bought, to be reported by around 70 international journalists in Wellington to cover the game.
“For locals and visitors alike, Wellington will come alive to the beat of World Cup football, bringing with it colour and fun for what will be a fantastic event experience.”
Air New Zealand has arranged a number of additional flights to Wellington from both Auckland and Christchurch over the weekend of 11-12 November to help football fans see the All Whites take on Peru.
Westpac Stadium Chief Executive Shane Harmon says the stadium is geared up for its biggest ever football crowd, breaking its own record set in 2009 for the match against Bahrain.
“This match will once again showcase Westpac Stadium and the Wellington region on the world sporting stage. We are very proud to be hosting another event of this calibre and the stadium will provide a great backdrop for what is sure to be an historic occasion.”
Saturday’s All Whites fixture will see Westpac Stadium hold the record for all seven of the largest football crowds in New Zealand history. Attracting big sporting events, including the two games during the Lions rugby series earlier this year, is important to the economic vibrancy of the region.
Hospitality New Zealand treasurer, and Wellington Branch President, Jeremy Smith says the afternoon kick off time works well for cafes, restaurants and bars.
“Most big sporting fixtures in Wellington are played in the evening, so having an important World Cup qualifier kicking off mid-afternoon is very exciting.
“We expect thousands of hungry and thirsty fans will be seeking a brunch or lunch, and then be ready for dinner and drinks after the game. I’m sure Wellington will sparkle in the spotlight.”
Contact WREDA’s Dave Burgess [email protected] to organise interviews with those quoted in the release.
Largest Football Crowds in New Zealand Football history
??? All Whites v Peru, Westpac Stadium, 2017
35,179 All Whites v Bahrain, Westpac Stadium, 2009
33,626 All Whites v Mexico, Westpac Stadium, 2013
32,941 Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets, Westpac Stadium 2010
31,853 Wellington Phoenix v LA Galaxy, Westpac Stadium, 2007
26,106 Football United Tour, Westpac Stadium, 2014
24,360 Phoenix vs Perth Glory, Westpac Stadium 2010