Sum­mer of sports for Hamil­ton

Hamilton News - - SPORT -

An ac­tion packed 2019 is in store for Hamil­ton with a string of events hit­ting the city over the next cou­ple of months.

Fat­boy Slim, Ni­tro Cir­cus, HSBCS NZ Sevens and the Black Caps are just some of the ma­jor events that Hamil­to­ni­ans will have ac­cess to, with­out need­ing to leave the city.

The HSBCS NZ Sevens re­turn to FMG Sta­dium for the se­cond time on Jan­uary 26-27, af­ter a suc­cess­ful de­but in Hamil­ton last year.

Crowds of fans in weird and won­der­ful cos­tumes are ex­pected to de­scend on the city for two days of sport­ing fun.

The sta­dium will then host the Gal­lagher Chiefs first 2019 game of the In­vestec Su­per Rugby sea­son, against the Sun­wolves from Ja­pan on March 2, be­fore the adrenal­in­filled Ni­tro Cir­cus You Got This World Tour on March 10.

The sport­ing ac­tion in the city does not stop there, with Kane Wil­liamson and the Black Caps tak­ing on In­dia in a ODI on 31 Jan­uary, while the Whiter Ferns will also face In­dia on Fe­bru­ary 1.

On Fe­bru­ary 10, Sed­don Park will host a dou­ble header where both the Black Caps and White Ferns will take on In­dia’s men and women’s team in con­sec­u­tive matches over the course of the af­ter­noon and even­ing.

The Black Caps will also play their first test against Bangladesh in Hamil­ton on Fe­bru­ary 8 to March 4.

Claude­lands Arena will host a se­ries of events in­clud­ing PAW Pa­trol Live on Jan­uary 19-20 be­fore wel­com­ing one of the le­gends of British dance mu­sic, Fat­boy Slim on Jan­uary 25, fol­lowed by The Hol­lies play­ing on March 4.

Other sig­nif­i­cant events tak­ing place in the Waikato re­gion over the sum­mer in­clude Waka Ama Na­tion­als on Jan­uary 14-19 at Lake Kara­piro, Sound­splash on Jan­uary 18-20 at Raglan’s Wainui Re­serve, Track Cy­cling World Cup on Jan­uary 18-20 at Cam­bridge’s Avan­tidrome, Fes­ti­val One on Jan­uary 25-28 at Mys­tery Creek and the Hamil­ton Gar­dens Arts Fes­ti­val from Fe­bru­ary 20 to March 3. ■ More de­tails about the events tak­ing place in and around Hamil­ton can be found at

Sed­don Park will host a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional cricket games this sea­son.

The dar­ing stunts of the Ni­tro Cir­cus Team will be on show at FMG Sta­dium in March.

Photo / Sup­plied

Dress­ing up is all a part of the ac­tion at the HSBC NZ Sevens.

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