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Pls happen said:Crowded House: Sky Stadium offers to host A-League final when gates open to spectators
Crowds and the many millions in their pockets could be set to flood back into Wellington's Sky Stadium and region as management eyes the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and the return of major events.
The stadium's future was bleak just a few weeks ago, with chief executive Shane Harmon predicting no events or crowds for the next 6-12 months.
Now, as the country prepares to potentially drop to level 1 next week, he is tipping the return of the Hurricanes in little more than a fortnight, and the prospect of other big events.
He's even looking to add an A-League football grand final and Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia.
That would be a major fillip for Wellington. An All Blacks test match is worth about $8 million to the regional economy.
Harmon is hopeful Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will announce a move to alert level 1 next week, giving the green light for spectators to return to the stadium by the time Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off.
Ardern signalled earlier this week that there will be no restrictions on crowd sizes in level 1.
“Obviously New Zealand has done a magnificent job of managing and reducing Covid and it’s in a unique position almost globally where hopefully we’re going to be able to open our doors as soon as next week to potentially full houses. It’s a fantastic position to be in.”."
Last month, Shane Harmon predicted the stadium would miss out on “several million dollars” if it was unable to host events again in 2020. The venue has already lost an All Blacks test versus Wales, two Phoenix regular season games and an NRL match involving the Warriors.
Non-sporting events like Armageddon, The Home and Garden Show, The Food Show and Beervana have been pushed back until later in the year.
But to make up the financial shortfall after almost three months of inactivity, Harmon has been busy pitching a potentially Covid-free New Zealand to event promoters across the globe.
He is also keen to host any A-League final matches involving the Phoenix, particularly if Australia is still restricting mass gatherings and is unable to open its gates to spectators.
Although Harmon said it was unrealistic to consider hosting the entire A-League, which is destined to continue behind closed doors in a centralised hub in Australia pending sign off from broadcaster Fox Sports, there was real interest in staging any one-off playoff matches the Phoenix qualified for.
The team sits third on the A-League ladder, four points behind runners-up Melbourne City but with three games in hand. The Phoenix last hosted a finals match in 2015.
“If there was a trans-Tasman bubble by the beginning of August, I would see no reason why the final could not be played in Wellington,” he said.
“The FFA, they retain the revenue from the gate, so if we had a situation where we potentially could have a full crowd in New Zealand and it was limited or no capacity in Australia then it would make absolute financial sense for everyone involved.
“It's probably less likely if the Phoenix are not involved but I've reached out to other sports and other codes around the world, just flagging New Zealand's situation that we are open for business, and while some of this is a long shot you cannot get a yes without asking.”
Unfortunately atm I think its all or none. It would be good to have the games but any team who travels there would still need the 2 week quarantine until the trans tasman hub is in place ( which won't be in place imo until there are no active cases as is with the case with nz)View attachment 888558
A-League Hub/Finals Series in New Zealand, anyone?
Sky Stadium is looking to seize the opportunity of hosting major events before the rest of the world.i.stuff.co.nz
It isn’t an easy situation, especially with a requirement for a quarantine period. But I wouldn’t think the deal would have come through until over the weekend. The argument could be made that since the plan for the return to training was preplanned for this week so the arrangements could have been started once that decision had been made. But imo this sort of thing comes with the territory and is just something that happens with being an international based side within a league.Seems very unfair.
Ooh, this excites me, leads me to believe finals aren't decided yet... A full Cake Tin for a home semi-final still not ruled outWellington Phoenix and Perth Glory FC understand that they will complete the remainder of their regular season matches in New South Wales
Yeah!!Hyundai A-League to resume on July 16 in Melbourne
The Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season is set to resume on Thursday, 16 July 2020 with Melbourne Victory taking on Western United at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
The match between the Victorian rivals will kick-start an unprecedented run of Hyundai A-League match play, with the remaining 27 games of the regular season to be held over an action-packed 28-day period before the end of season Finals Series.
On Monday, FFA, together with the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association (APFCA) and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), finalised an agreement to extend the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season through to, at latest, Monday, 31 August 2020.
With that agreement now in place, FFA confirmed that it has several draw options ready to be actioned, however all options commence with Grant Brebner’s bow as Melbourne Victory Head Coach up against Mark Rudan’s Western United in the middle of next month.
“We have developed multiple draw options for the completion of the regular season,” FFA’s Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke, explained. “All options commence with Victory taking on Western United at AAMI Park followed by a game between the table topping Sydney FC against third-placed Wellington Phoenix at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium the following day.”
“The reason for having multiple draw options – which our clubs are across – is due to the fact that over the next few weeks there may be additional relaxations in border restrictions and travel movements in Australia, which may enable our clubs from Victoria, Queensland and South Australia to remain and play in their home cities, rather than relocating to New South Wales to complete the season.
“Regardless of which option we ultimately take, Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory FC understand that they will complete the remainder of their regular season matches in New South Wales, with games to be played at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah, and McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
“We are confident that we will be able to release the revised draw for the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season soon,” he said.
Hyundai A-League clubs will be free to return to training from tomorrow onwards subsequent to the successful completion of COVID-19 medical screenings and the implementation of operational plans to minimise the risk of infection at their training sites and club facilities.
With key milestones being met, FFA will continue to work collaboratively with the competition’s long-term partner and host broadcaster, Fox Sports, regarding the broadcast arrangements to complete the season.
Positively, O’Rourke explained that changes to the Federal Government’s rules for crowds in Stadiums, which will come into effect from Wednesday, 1 July 2020, would likely enable the season to be completed with fans in the stands.
“Last Friday our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced that Stadiums with capacities of 40,000 people or fewer could be permitted to host up to 10,000 people,” he added.
“We will continue to work closely with the Federal and State Governments, as well as our venues, to consider how we can accommodate as many club members and fans as possible at matches when the competition resumes.
“With our Finals Series still the best part of two months away, we are keen to keep our options and thinking open regarding how and where that may be held.
“Leading our decision-making in August be how we may be able to maximise the experience for members, fans, and commercial and broadcast partners, and rewarding the club that wins the right to host the Grand Final, subject to travel restrictions at the time,” he said.
About bloody time!!!
Sources close to FFA are adamant the season will be completed even if Fox does not agree to show the matches. Indeed, FFA is believed to be putting contingencies in place to self-broadcast the rest of the A-League campaign through YouTube or social media platforms.
Well fox is gone. Will be cancelling it in the morning.