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Rd 21 Game Day: Friday night footy is back at Go Media Stadium

A sixth consecutive 20,000-plus crowd is on target as the One New Zealand Warriors launch a run of three Friday night football extravaganzas to finish their programme of regular season home games at Go Media Stadium Mt Smart.

In the first instalment of Friday night footy, the fifth-placed Andrew Webster-coached side takes on the fourth-placed Canberra Raiders in a critical round 21 contest this Friday night (8.00pm kick-off).

It’s followed by more night lights fare against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles on August 18 (the Daniel Anderson Round) and the St George Illawarra Dragons on August 25.

Tickets are selling fast through Ticketmaster so fans should get in now to secure seats for another blockbuster.

In their six Go Media Stadium home games so far, the One New Zealand Warriors have attracted a total attendance of 132,995 (an average crowd of 22,165 a game) with the best yesterday 24,012 for the match against the Sharks.

Additional seating will again be in place increasing the ground’s capacity to 31,000. Fans should be aware this means the Precinct 95 area won’t be available.

“We had brilliant support from fans on Sunday both in number and in the atmosphere generated. It was a fantastic day for the club,” said One New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“We had our biggest crowd of the season at our home so let’s all get together again and turn up in even bigger numbers to back the players who are doing such a terrific job for the jersey and the club.”

The One New Zealand Warriors will be striving for a third straight win when they take on the Raiders following their emphatic displays against fellow top eight sides Parramatta (46-10) and Cronulla Sutherland (44-12).

After falling to a heavy 14-36 loss to the Warriors in Canberra on June 9, the Raiders hit back with wins over the Sydney Roosters (20-18), the Gold Coast Titans (26-22) and the St George Illawarra Dragons (36-26) before having a bye last weekend.

There will again be a double header this week with the fourth-placed One New Zealand Warriors facing the fifth-placed Raiders in their 21st-round New South Wales Cup battle (5.30pm kick-off). Gates open at 5.15pm.

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