Waikato Stadium is hosting the Vodafone Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons league teams in an inaugural Stadium league game at 7.30pm on 5 February 2004.
On their last outing, these teams ran in a total of 10 tries, and expectations are high the Waikato Stadium will see another fast-paced and action packed game. In that encounter the Vodafone Warriors were ahead 30-20 at the final whistle, so The Dragons are coming with a point to prove, while the Warriors are sure to want to defend their pride.
Waikato Stadium and Westpac Park Management Board Chair Peter Bos says securing the game gives the stadium a foot in the door for rugby league.
�We certainly hope that this is a significant step toward more rugby league fixtures at Waikato Stadium. This is a fantastic opportunity to show case our venue as a superb ground for spectacles of this magnitude and convince The Vodafone Warriors to come back. Of course, with the strong league base here in the Waikato we expect a huge turn out to support our claim for a return of the Vodafone Warriors in the future.
Waikato Rugby League Association President John Deacon says he is delighted the Vodafone Warriors are coming.
�It�s wonderful to see the stadium being used at this level and for the region to see the Vodafone Warriors. We know we have a great product with the Vodafone Warriors, who have being playing brilliantly for the last two years. The more support we get on the day, the more chance we have at seeing more league games at the stadium and that�s got to be good for everyone. It�s also good for league�s profile in the region and will hopefully encourage more players and administrators to the sport.�
Ticket prices will be $15 Brian Perry Stand, $10 WEL Network Stand-Panasonic Stand-Greenzone, $5 children 5-12 years, children under 5 are free. All tickets will be general admission. Tickets will be available in the New Year, call 0800 2 STADIUM for more information.