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Warriors to return to Wellington in 2019

The Vodafone Warriors have announced a partnership with Westpac Stadium to play a home game in Wellington during each of their next two NRL seasons.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Warriors CEO Cameron George, and Westpac Stadium CEO Shane Harmon.

by Luke Jackson

The rugby league games will replace fixtures at the Warriors usual base of Mount Smart Stadium.

Westpac Stadium CEO Shane Harmon reinforced the value of Wellington hosting the Vodafone Warriors.

“We’re delighted to secure a two-year deal with the club,” he said.

“Westpac Stadium has regularly held NRL fixtures which are always well supported across the region.

Warrick Dent, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s General Manager Events and Experiences, said securing the Warriors for the next two years was great news for the entire Wellington region.

Dent said that previous Warriors games in Wellington had been a big driver for visitors to the region with travelling fans accounting for between 20 to 40 per cent of all tickets sold.

The Warriors have played nine games in Wellington since 2001. Their first home game at Westpac Stadium against the Bulldogs in 2013 drew a crowd of 30,112.

The date of next year’s Warriors match in Wellington will be advised next month, when the 2019 NRL Premiership draw is released.