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Eden Park to host sports lovers' extravaganza

As part of Eden Park’s vision to diversify and attract new events, it’s gearing up to bring an A-League match to New Zealand’s national stadium, followed up with a Super Rugby clash.

The sports lovers’ extravaganza weekend next February will feature Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory and then, the following night, Blues v Crusaders – showcasing just what the stadium can achieve within a 24-hour turnaround.

Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome says his team is yet to lose at Eden Park – a record which can’t be touted by many teams.

“As a club we are thrilled we can return to New Zealand’s most iconic sporting stadium. We have played at Eden Park on five previous occasions and are yet to lose. This Wellington team does not fear any team - we’ve already beaten a full strength Victory in the pre-season and with a big Auckland crowd behind us, we know we can do it again.”

Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner is excited to be bringing the A-League’s biggest club to New Zealand’s national stadium.

“We’re pleased to have secured an opportunity to offer Aucklanders a jam-packed weekend of sport at our iconic Auckland stadium and showcase our first-class ability to turn around the venue quickly. The introduction of premier football in next year’s event calendar is testament to our desire to modernise and attract visitors from all across the city.”

Wellington Phoenix go head to head with Melbourne Victory on Friday 15 February at 7.35pm. The Blues battle the Crusaders on Saturday 16 February at 7.35pm. Tickets will be on sale this Friday 7 December via Ticketmaster.

Statistics from previous Wellington Phoenix fixtures at Eden Park;

- 19 November 2011: A-League v Adelaide Utd., drew 1-1, attendance 20,078
- 2 February 2013: A-League v Perth Glory, won 1-0, attendance 11,566
- 1 February 2014: A-League v Adelaide Utd., won 2-1, attendance 18,056
- 23 July 2014: Friendly v West Ham Utd., won 2-1, attendance 19,183
- 13 December 2014: A-League v Central Coast, drew 1-1, attendance 11,051

Eden Park is committed to greater utilisation of the stadium and its facilities for the benefit of the local and wider community.

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