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Ola's guide to game day: Members' Appreciation Round

Arcade games, a light up dance floor, a taste of Coachella and schoolboy footy’s showpiece event are key features of game day as the Vodafone Warriors square off against the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday night.

While fans will be hoping Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the boys bounce back on the field this week from last week’s loss to the Raiders when the match kicks off at 8pm, the true heroes on this game day will be the club’s loyal members.

The match is being promoted as Members’ Appreciation Round with the diehard fans who support their team through thick and thin, who ride the highs and lows and brave all kinds of weather set to be honoured.

As the club’s way of saying thank you, any members who show their membership cards at the stadium retail food outlets* up until 7pm on Friday, will be entitled to 25% off food and beverage.

The Vodafone Warriors have also set up a special ticketing code that has only been shared with members. It entitles anyone who uses it to 50% off tickets anywhere in the stands and it expires at 11:59pm on Thursday night.

If you’re not a member and you want to come on Friday night, make sure you find a member and ask them for the code.

Members are also encouraged to get down to the Members’ Clubrooms on Friday night to claim a small gift. We’ve got 2,000 to give away so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment.

If you’re not yet a member, there’s still plenty of reasons to get down to Mt Smart Stadium on Friday.

For starters, we have the SAS College Rugby League grand final as the curtain-raiser with St Paul’s College squaring off against Southern Cross Campus at 5:40pm. Get here early to watch the next Bunty Afoa or Ken Maumalo showcase their skills on the hallowed turf.

Thanks to SKY TV, 1,000 students from the two schools in the final will also be gifted with free GA tickets to attend the curtain-raiser and then watch the Vodafone Warriors game.

On the iHeartRadio Sound Stage, three-piece band Coachella will be showcasing their own talents with a set that starts from gates open and runs through to 7:30pm.

We are expecting them to be a hit so have ordered a light up dance floor (weather-permitting) for fans who feel in the mood for a pre-game boogie.

If dancing’s not your thing, perhaps arcade games are. We’ll have some ‘90s favourites this Friday including Street Fighter, Sega Rally Championship, Pac-Man and Pinball.

Head to the Chemist Warehouse Community Corner for a chance to don a sizable sumo suit and go chest-to-chest against an opponent.

Back to the on-field action and pre-game we’ve got the Hibiscus Coast Raiders taking on the New Lynn Stags under 9s and the Hamilton City Tigers taking on the Otara Scorpions under 8s in the mini mod games.

Keeping with the club theme, make sure you’re in your seat at halftime for the Mitre 10 Club Relay semi-final between New Lynn, Manukau and Papatoetoe.

And at the end of the match, if you’re looking for a safe way home, the Vodafone Warriors’ official ride-share partner, Ola, has once again set up a special coupon that will give fans $20 off their first ride. To access the discount, fans should enter the code “WARRIORS”.

There’s even a special Ola Rideshare Zone to help you get to your next location. Located at the entrance to O’Rorke Rd carpark, you’ll find an Ola ride ready to pick you up. Get the app here.

*The food and bev discount applies to Epicure-owned retail outlets only. It does not apply in the corporate lounge or at subcontractor food outlets.


Free trains to and from Mt Smart Stadium are available with your ticket or membership card. And for Friday’s game against the Sea Eagles, fans will also get free travel on Northern Express buses from the North Shore. For all the details, please click here.

Gates open 5:30pm
ARL College Grand Final - St Paul’s College v Southern Cross Campus 5:40pm
NRL - Vodafone Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles 8:00pm
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