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30 Apr 2014
The Wellington Phoenix will make history when they host two English Premier League for the first time in July 2014.
In a football extravaganza, sports fans will be able to experience a football event never seen before in this part of the world.
Westpac Stadium will be rocking when English Premier League clubs West Ham United and Newcastle United take part in a ground-breaking double header with the Wellington Phoenix and Australian glamour club Sydney FC in the Football United Tour 2014.
West Ham United and Newcastle United will play two exhibition matches at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on 26 July, in matches arranged by the Wellington Phoenix with the support of the Wellington City Council.
It will be the first time in the Southern Hemisphere that two English Premier League clubs have played on the same ground on the same day.
Announcing the games today Wellington Phoenix Chairman Rob Morrison said he was delighted the club was hosting two such high profile teams.
Wellington will host a double-header on Saturday, July 26 where Sydney FC will take on West Ham and the Phoenix will play Newcastle United at Westpac Stadium.
Morrison said it was important to the Club that as many fans as possible could be part of this historic event.
“Ticket prices start at just $35 for adults and $16 for a child for the Westpac Stadium extravaganza on July 26,” Morrison said.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the event is especially exciting for the City and is part of the strong working relationship between the two organisations.
“The Wellington City Council is delighted to work with the Phoenix on bringing this great sporting contest to the Capital. Our stadium's location is ideally suited to a big match and ‘the beautiful game’ will be fully celebrated in a Football Festival for everybody,” she said.
“This spectacular event will draw football fans from around the country and across the Tasman”
No one is looking forward to the tour more than All Whites captain Winston Reid.
“I’m really excited to be bringing West Ham to New Zealand in July to play a bit of footy in the Football United Tour and show them how we do things in New Zealand!,” Reid said.
“New Zealand is a beautiful country full of great people and I’m sure all the West Ham players, staff and supporters who make the trip will have a fantastic time.
Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome says the Tour isn’t just about what happens on the pitch.
“While that will be fantastic for the fans it is about more than that,” Dome said.
“Wellington will be hosting a ‘Festival of Football’ throughout the day in the capital,” Dome added.
“We want to create a weekend packed with entertainment, culture and sport revolving around the theme of football – a real family festival day out offering so much more for the fans and their families.”
“We anticipate tickets to the games will sell fast as this is a rare and exciting opportunity for football fans and their families throughout Australasia to be part of,” David Dome said.
Tickets for the Wellington games go on sale to Phoenix Members from 30 April and on public sale from 19 May at Ticketek.
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