Ex­tra seats sit well with War­riors fans

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

The ar­rival of David Beck­ham’s LA Galaxy foot­ball team in De­cem­ber has pro­vided a bonus for New Zealand War­riors fans.

Af­ter up­set­ting NRL mi­nor pre­miers the Mel­bourne Storm last week­end, the War­riors earned an un­ex­pected home semi­fi­nal tonight at Mt Smart Sta­dium.

It would have been a scram­ble get­ting ex­tra seats in­stalled for the game, says Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil sta­dium man­ager John Lynch.

But ex­tra seat­ing was al­ready on the way for the match be­tween Gal- axy and an in­vi­ta­tion Ocea­nia 11 on De­cem­ber 6.

“We thought be­cause we’ve got the Beck­ham game, we can make a start on the seat­ing,” Mr Lynch says. “It’s al­le­vi­ated some of the time pres­sure this week.”

The ground will host just un­der 27,000 peo­ple for the semi­fi­nal tonight, an ex­tra 4000 on usual ca­pac­ity.

War­riors chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Scur­rah says the club would have loved to have had an­other 10,000 seats.

He says sev­eral hun­dred tick­ets, on hold for tour par­ties and spon­sors, were re­leased by the club yes­ter­day and snapped up in min­utes.

More tem­po­rary seat­ing will mean up to 40,000 peo­ple see Beck­ham make his Auck­land de­but. The fi­nal num­ber of seats for the Galaxy game will de­pend on how many tick­ets are pre-pur­chased.

Mr Lynch says once they go past 30,000 seats in­stal­la­tion costs in­crease greatly.

“The more seats you have, the higher in the air you go which means more construction.”

He says the re­gional coun­cil is host­ing the event for the peo­ple of Auck­land.

“It’s about pro­vid­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity we can to get peo­ple in here to ex­pe­ri­ence the event and send them away hav­ing a great fes­ti­val sort of a time.”

Mr Lynch says it’s im­por­tant the pub­lic re­alise Mt Smart is their sta­dium and not run by “a rich busi­ness”.

Sur­veys un­der­taken by the coun­cil have re­vealed many Auck­lan­ders don’t know who owns the sta­dium. Names in­clud­ing Eric Wat­son and The Mad Butcher, Peter Leitch, were put for­ward.

Tick­ets for the Galaxy match go on sale from Septem­ber 24 through www.tick­etek.co.nz.


Ready for action: Mt Smart Sta­dium group man­ager John Lynch tries out the tem­po­rary seats that will be used for the War­riors semi­fi­nal tonight and the LA Galaxy match in De­cem­ber.

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