Watch Black Sticks’ Wellington tests in style!

Published: Thu 30 Oct 2014 08:54 PM
Watch Black Sticks’ Wellington tests in style!
The Black Sticks Men and Women are bringing top international hockey action to the Capital City and the Kapiti Coast from 15-22 November – and the organisers are turning on the good things in life for the fans.
For the first time, corporate hospitality will be available at both venues for fans prepared to pay a little more than the bargain entry prices being charged for the seven-match test series.
In the big week of hockey the Black Sticks Women face Australia in a three-test series and the Black Sticks Men play four internationals against Japan. The matches are supported by the Wellington City Council and Kapiti Coast District Council.
The first five games – including all three Australia games – will be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown with the final two tests being played at the Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf in Paraparaumu.
The highlight will be a double-header at the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown on Tuesday 18 November – the Black Sticks Men play Japan at 5pm and then the Black Sticks Women – ranked fourth in the world – take on second-ranked Australia in the ‘main event’.
Hockey New Zealand high performance director Terry Evans says the Black Sticks Women “cannot wait to face their trans-Tasman rivals here at home” especially since Australia’s gold-medal win at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
The Black Sticks Women’s team will be announced by Hockey New Zealand tomorrow (Friday 31 October) with the Men’s team being named later next week.
The last time the Black Sticks Women played in Wellington was against India in 2011 and the Australian team was last here in 2001. The last time the men played in the Capital was against India in February 2009.
Wellington Hockey CEO Karen Wallace says the top-level competition deserves to be complemented by top-level fan facilities. For the 18 November double-header, a corporate package will be available – for $120 per person, fans will get tickets to both matches, covered exclusive seating, free parking, a gourmet BBQ dinner with beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.
For the women’s test matches on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November, a $58.50 premium package will give fans entry tickets, free parking, covered exclusive seating – and continuous finger food along with beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.
A $75 VIP package will be available for the Paraparaumu matches – along with far cheaper entry prices.
“We all know hockey fans are a hardy and no-nonsense breed – but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be pampered like rugby and football fans if they so desire,” says Karen Wallace.
Key DatesMatchDateTimeAust vs Black Sticks WomenSat 15 Nov3pm NewtownAust vs Black Sticks WomenSun 16 Nov3pm NewtownAust vs Black Sticks WomenTues 18 Nov7pm NewtownJapan vs Black Sticks MenTues 18 Nov5pm NewtownJapan vs Black Sticks MenThurs 19 Nov7pm NewtownJapan vs Black Sticks Men Fri 21 Nov 7pm ParaparaumuJapan vs Black Sticks Men Sat 22 Nov 6pm Paraparaumu
Tickets are available at at the following prices. Gate sales are also available, but it’s cheaper to buy online.
Ticket typeNational Hockey StadiumCoastlands Kapiti Sports TurfDay pass - adult$15$12.50Day pass – student (secondary school/uni)/pensioner$12$10Day pass – child (5-12)$8$8Family pass – (2 adults, 2 child)$40$35 Multi pass – adults (all games at National Hockey Stadium)$52.50n/aMulti pass – student (all games at National Hockey Stadium)$42n/aMulti pass – child (all games at National Hockey Stadium)$28n/a Team pass – 9 students and one adult FREE$72$72Team pass – 9 child and one adult FREE$108$90 Premium Package – 15 and 16 Nov$58.50n/aCorporate Package – 18 Nov$120n/aVIPn/a$75

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