Anxiousness over dwelling crowd numbers has prompted the Wellington Phoenix to take their February A-League match towards Sydney FC to Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney.
The spherical 20 conflict on February 23 couldn’t be staged at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium due to a Kapa Haka pageant, forcing Phoenix administration to hunt various venues in New Zealand.
Basic supervisor David Dome mentioned regardless of an exhaustive search, no Kiwi venue might present a viable enterprise mannequin.
A median crowd dimension of 6229 by way of 5 dwelling video games this season is a disappointing return for the Phoenix, who’re below strain to enhance that determine.
Soccer Federation Australia have set down targets, together with crowd numbers, which is able to decide whether or not it extends the Kiwi membership’s licence past 2019-20.
“Regardless of the wonderful outcomes that head coach Mark Rudan and the gamers have delivered just lately, we’re nonetheless struggling to get the crowds to come back again to Westpac Stadium,” Dome mentioned in an announcement to membership supporters. “That is vastly regarding for all on the membership as crowd attendance is one in every of our key metrics that we have to meet, plus it’s a basic a part of the continuing sustainability of the membership.” The Phoenix hope all their metrics might be be boosted on February 15 after they host Melbourne Victory at New Zealand’s largest venue, Eden Park. Dome mentioned the membership was attracted by Campbelltown Stadium officers’ pledge to attract a big crowd, which is able to comprise largely Sydney FC followers. The Phoenix have supplied reduced-cost packages for followers eager to journey to Sydney for the sport.
It will likely be the sixth A-League recreation staged at Campbelltown Stadium. The others have been dwelling video games for Sydney FC and, extra just lately, Western Sydney Wanderers.