It’s not just passionate One New Zealand Warriors members and fans who are turning up in big numbers at Go Media Stadium, so too a burgeoning army of corporate clients.
They’ve been clamouring to secure packages to home games, so much so the One New Zealand Warriors had sold out of all hospitality offerings for the last three games of the season even before last Sunday’s epic performance against Cronulla Sutherland.
There’s nothing left for anyone hoping to buy a corporate suite or booth for the remaining matches against Canberra tomorrow night, Manly Warringah on August 18 or St George Illawarra on August 25. Likewise tables and packages in the Corporate Lounge and TAB Clubrooms have all been snapped up.
With the One New Zealand Warriors sitting inside the top eight for 19 of the 20 weeks of the season so far, the level of interest in home game days is beyond any season experienced other than the debut year in 1995.
“The reaction from corporate clients has been nothing short of phenomenal. We haven’t seen anything close to this in my time with the club,” said Glenn Critchley, One New Zealand Warriors general manager commercial and consumer business.
The reaction from corporate clients has been nothing short of phenomenalGlenn Critchley One New Zealand Warriors general manager commercial and consumer business
“We’ve had 284 individual businesses booking hospitality packages so far with 80 new business clients buying up packages for the last three games against the Raiders, Sea Eagles and Dragons.
“To have a total of more than 360 individual business customers is way beyond expectations. It puts us in a position where we’re well-advanced planning for next season. Based on what we’ve seen this year, we’d recommend clients get in early for 2024.”
The One New Zealand Warriors cater for 1000 clients across the Corporate Lounge and TAB Clubrooms in the East Stand and both will be packed to the rafters again tomorrow night while across the other side of the field in the West Stand a further 900 will be catered for in the suites and booths.
Among the guests featuring on the game day programme in the Corporate Lounge this year have been All Black legend Dan Carter, All Black captain Sam Cane, former world champion heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker, UFC fighter Kai Kara France, ex-Silver Ferns international and now TVNZ Breakfast presenter Jenny-May Clarkson, Big Baller Brand co-founder and CEO LaVar Ball and New Zealand rugby league great Nigel Vagana.
With corporate hospitality selling out for the rest of the season, the One New Zealand Warriors are also hopeful the stadium will again attract 20,000-plus crowds for the last three games.
Since an attendance of 18,595 for the first home game of the year against the Bulldogs, the Warriors have had five consecutive crowds of more than 20,000 with the best to date 24,012 at last Sunday’s match against the Sharks.
The aggregate attendance for the six games to date has been 132,995 (an average crowd of 22,165 a game).