Arena takes Pulse
The Pulse netball franchise has signed a three-year contract with Porirua City Council to play the majority of its home games at Te Rauparaha Arena.
The commitment will see the central region team play four of its seven home ANZ Championship fixtures at the arena this season, and the venue will also be used for training.
‘‘Every time the Pulse plays at the arena, it’s sold out. That means over 2000 fans will flock to the Porirua city centre,’’ says Mr Leggett. ‘‘The council’s partnership with the Pulse is great. Not only can Porirua’s ardent netball fans enjoy live action right on their doorstep, the Pulse can be assured of a packed house offering fantastic support at every home game. Having visitor numbers swell each time there’s a game on will also benefit the city economically.’’
He said Porirua had a reputation for being a leader in successful collaborations and this approach would continue with the Pulse.
The Pulse’s new chief executive Chris McNay said they were really excited to be based at Te Rauparaha Arena, which would host its clash with Northern Mystic this Saturday.
‘‘We are looking forward to the outstanding support we have received from our fans and the wider Porirua community . . .
‘‘Having the best facilities is a crucial component in our preparation and the team is now really chomping at the bit for the season to start.’’
Arena Manager Willie Taurima said having the Pulse team and their coaches local and accessible was going be great.
‘‘It was always part of the council’s vision for Te Rauparaha Arena to have elite athletes here, training and playing, so that kids would be able to meet their sporting icons and realise there could be a pathway in sport at this level for them too. They can sit in the gallery and watch during coaching sessions and this type of exposure rubs off and helps raise expectations which is all good for the Porirua community.’’
The Pulse play the Mystics at 4.15pm, February 19.
For Wellington Pulse season preview, see p70.
Tall order: Porirua City mayor Nick Leggett faced off against Pulse shooter Caitlin Thwaites to get an early lesson before a friendly game between council staff and the Pulse last Friday.