Tickets selling well for Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy
With a month to go, tickets are selling fast, volunteers are all signed up and the stadium preparations are underway for what will be New Zealand’s biggest ever hockey tournament – the Owen G. Glenn FIH Champions Trophy.
From 3-11 December, eight of the world’s top men’s teams will be in Auckland to play in this year’s premier annual men’s hockey event. It is the last major event on the men’s calendar before the 2012 London Olympics.
The Mayor of Auckland says New Zealand was given the rights to host the event just eight weeks ago and he has paid tribute to the speed at which Hockey New Zealand is pulling together a world-class event.
“In the wake of Rugby World Cup, Auckland is on track to becoming a world-class events destination. The tournament fits well with that strategy,” says Len Brown. “Seventy per cent of the tickets sold to date have been bought by out-of-towners and I have no doubt that these visitors will experience the best that Auckland has to offer when they visit in December.”
The tournament will see 24 matches played over six days – an event which could not be run without a team of dedicated and well-trained volunteers.
“We have had 160 volunteers put up their hand to help out – with many of these volunteers willing to work full time throughout the tournament. Hockey fans around the country just want to be involved – it will be the best hockey the country has ever seen,” says Hockey New Zealand chief executive Hilary Poole.
Current Westlake Girls hockey coach Ian Bartholomew and father to 2011 Development Squad player Joseph Bartholomew says it did not take him long to make the decision to volunteer.
"It took me a nano second in deciding to volunteer for this tournament. I've been coaching for 30 years, have three sons who play hockey and am keen to give something back. I'm looking forward to the event getting good exposure and seeing some exciting international hockey," says Bartholomew.
The North Harbour Hockey Stadium will be transformed with seating for up to 3,000 each day, a VIP and corporate hospitality marquee, a ‘fan transformer’ at the entrance to help spectators cheer on their team and a village green with trade expos and food stalls.
The eight teams competing, in world ranking order are Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan.
Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.co.nz or for event information go to www.championstrophy.co.nz
Hockey New Zealand Media release
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