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Free family event for Lions test fans

16 June 2005

Free family event for Lions test fans

Missed out on tickets to the Lions test? Don’t despair – get yourself tickets to the Big Screen Blackout – a free family event organised by Wellington City Council – and enjoy the test match live on the big screen.

Doors open at 5pm and the fun kicks off at 5.30pm at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 2 July. Everyone through the doors between 5-6pm can enter to win four test match tickets. The winners will be announced at around 6.15pm and then chauffeured to Westpac Stadium in time for kick-off.

Entertainment includes Frankie Stevens as MC, and the Rollicks – a Rolling Stones tribute band to amuse the adults, and free face-painting and performers to amuse the kids. To help get people into test match fever the Michael Fowler Centre will be decked out in All Blacks colours and fun stadium foods, such as hot dogs, chips and popcorn will be available for purchase.

“We want to create a real sense of atmosphere as close to the Stadium experience as possible,” says City Council Event Co-ordinator Melody Scales. “We’re encouraging people to dress in black and be ready to cheer on our boys.”

Because the Big Screen Blackout is a family function no alcohol will be sold or allowed into the venue.

Free tickets are available at Ticketek (Michael Fowler Centre outlet only) from Monday 20 June. There is a limit of four tickets per person. Phone bookings will not be accepted. Around 2000 tickets are available.

“We’re expecting tickets to go fast,” says Ms Scales. “So people need to get a wriggle on if they don’t want to miss out.”

The Big Screen Blackout is sponsored by Wellington City Council, New Zealand Rugby Union, and Lions Hospitality 2005, in partnership with Sky Television and Classic Hits.


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