Words: NZF Media
Friday 21 July 2017
New Zealand Football is encouraging All Whites fans to get behind the team on their Road to Russia.
All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is getting his team ready for home and away fixtures against the Solomon Islands in the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in September.
The OFC Nations Cup Champions, who competed well with the world’s best at the recent FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, will look to book their place in the Intercontinental Playoff against the fifth-ranked South American side in November. The home match against the Solomon Islands is the first game and will be staged on 1 September at QBE Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore with kick off at 7:35pm.
New Zealand Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said a good result in the opening game is hugely important for their FIFA World Cup qualifying chances.
“The message to our All Whites fans is very clear,” said Martin. “This is not a friendly or a one off match, it is a FIFA World Cup Qualifier and the next step for this team to get to Russia. We need our All Whites fans right behind the team as they look to get to the Intercontinental Playoff and one step closer to the biggest sporting event in the world.”
New Zealand Football want as many All Whites fans at QBE Stadium as possible and have come up with Early Bird ticket options which makes the international very affordable.
All tickets purchased between 20 July and 6 August will be discounted by $10. Category A tickets are $29 per adult, $10 for a child, and families can attend for $68, while Category B tickets are $19 adult, $5 Child and $43 for a family. Children under the age of 12 can attend the match for free with a paying adult.
“We want to see a full stadium and have priced the match accordingly. To be able to attend an All Whites World Cup Qualifier for as little as $19 is great value and this will be one of the most affordable All Whites games in recent time.
“We want to create a real party atmosphere. This team is looking to do what only two New Zealand teams have done before in qualifying for a FIFA World Cup so it is a special occasion and we need the country behind us.”
Hudson is expecting a tough challenge from Solomon Islands both here in Auckland and four days later on 5 September in Honiara.
“These are incredibly tough games,” said Hudson. “We respect them and we will be preparing properly for these fixtures. We will have our best team available and we will be making sure that we prepare for those games the same as we do any other game and we are confident that we will get the job done.”
Every person who purchases an Early Bird Ticket (before 6 August) will go into the draw to be upgraded to an Ultimate All Whites Experience. This will include a corporate box for 10 people with food and beverage to the value of $1000 for the duration of the game and a signed All Whites shirt. To be eligible, fans must purchase an Early Bird Ticket through Ticketek and tag a mate on the official All Whites Facebook Page post.
All Whites v Solomon Islands
When: Friday 1 September, 2017
Where: QBE Stadium, Auckland
What OFC Final Stage Qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
Buy tickets here: http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/ shows/show.aspx?sh=ALLWHVSO17
Enter the Ultimate All Whites Experience competition: https://www.facebook.com/ AllWhites/
Early bird – 20 July – 6 August
Adult - $29
Child - $10
Family - $68
Adult - $19
General sale – 7 August – 1 September
Adult - $39
Child - $15
Family - $93
Adult - $29
Promotion: Kids U-12 Go Free with a paying adult
Sun 28 Apr 2019, Noumea, 5.30pm NCL time