A sell-out crowd of 25,600 has been confirmed for Mount Smart Stadium for the second time this season more than two days ahead of kick-off in the Vodafone Warriors’ final regular season NRL clash against the Canberra Raiders on Friday night (8.00pm kick-off).
With the last available tickets snapped up early this afternoon, the Vodafone Warriors have sold out two regular season home games for the first time in the same year since the club’s debut campaign in 1995.
Outside finals matches, the club had one of the biggest single sales days in its history on the back of the innovative ticket offer which was on sale from midday to midnight yesterday to mark veteran Simon Mannering’s club record 300th appearance on Friday as well as his 32nd birthday.
Fans were given the chance to set their own price between $5.00 and $50.00 for any ticket in any category to join in celebrating Mannering’s legendary career.
“Sales went crazy when the offer kicked off at midday yesterday. We had a phenomenal response with almost 10,000 tickets sold in a day,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.
“To have two sell outs in a regular season for the first time since 1995 is just fantastic.
“It ensures we’ll have a terrific atmosphere at the ground to celebrate what our team has done this season and to also honour Simon in the best way possible.
“We can't thank our members, fans and the general public enough for the way they've supported our historic SKYCITY Auckland Double Header earlier in the season and now this landmark event as well.
“Our goal as a club this year was to win back the respect of our members and fans. We desperately wanted to give something back to our loyal supporters and hopefully this ticket offer and the boys’ efforts this year have gone a long way to achieving that.”
Apart from the club's debut season in 1995, the two sell-out crowds of 25,600 are the club’s biggest for a regular season NRL match and the first time the ground has been sold out for a non-finals match since the 2007 round 24 encounter with Manly.