Go Media Stadium’s sold-out sign has gone up for the sixth time in 10 games for the One New Zealand Warriors’ NRL semi-final against the Newcastle Knights on Saturday.
More than 22,000 tickets were sold in presale windows starting at midday on Monday with the remaining seats gone in a matter of minutes yesterday ahead of the club’s first home final since 2008.
“We’ve all waited so long to have a home final here at Go Media Stadium,” said One New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George.
“The reaction from members and fans has been sensational all season and now they’ve responded by selling out this game in less than 24 hours. It’s brilliant.
“As a club we’re so proud seeing the support from the public.
“We couldn’t be happier for our fans seeing their team playing a final at home. They really deserve this after what they endured while the team was away from home the past three years.”
The last home match of the regular season against St George Illawarra on August 25 was sold out almost a week before kick-off. A season-best crowd of 25,095 lifted the total attendance for the club’s nine regular season games at Go Media Stadium to 201,314 (an average crowd of 22,368 a game).
With an attendance of 35,438 at their contest against the Dolphins at Suncorp Stadium in round 27, the One New Zealand Warriors created a first in the club’s 29-season history by breaking through the 500,000 barrier for combined home and away crowds in a regular NRL season.
They finished with an aggregate of 506,439 from 24 matches, an average crowd of 21,101.
The One New Zealand Warriors have also achieved their highest total attendance for regular season away games in their history, totalling 234,219 (19,518 a game).