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Tickets for Chiefs and Crusaders match selling fast

Tickets to the much-anticipated inaugural Super Rugby match in Suva between the BNZ Crusaders and the Gallagher Chiefs are selling fast. The Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Sports Council Litiana Loabuka said they have exhausted all the gold section on the grandstand and the concrete section on the embankment. LOABUKA: “We now only a few platinum […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 27, 2016 8:23 am

Tickets to the much-anticipated inaugural Super Rugby match in Suva between the BNZ Crusaders and the Gallagher Chiefs are selling fast.

CEO, Fiji Sports Council, Ms Loabuka. (FSC)
CEO, Fiji Sports Council, Ms Loabuka. (FSC)

The Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Sports Council Litiana Loabuka said they have exhausted all the gold section on the grandstand and the concrete section on the embankment.

LOABUKA: “We now only a few platinum sections on the grandstand left as well as the grass embankment.We are expecting full capacity at the ANZ Stadium on the 1st of July. Gates will open from 5.00pm and we are encouraging patrons to come early on Friday. We have a concert block from 5.30pm until 6.30pm so the crowd won’t be short of entertainment leading up to the match. Its going to be a great night.”

Loabuka said some tickets have been sold at a higher price by certain individuals online and they would like to caution people on doing this as it is a breach of the ticket conditions and could lead to heavy penalties.

LOABUKA: “It has also come to our attention that some tickets have been on-sold at a higher price by certain individuals online and we would like to caution people on doing this as it is a breach of the ticket conditions and could lead to heavy penalties, We have reported a few cases to the Police already.”

The Gallagher Chiefs will arrive in the country on Tuesday and the BNZ Crusaders on Wednesday.

The BNZ Crusaders will take on the Gallagher Chiefs at 7.35pm at Suva’s ANZ Stadium this Friday.

A team from Ticket Direct will be conducting a roadshow around the country next week Thursday for the upcoming Super Rugby clash between the BNZ Crusaders and the Gallagher Chiefs.

Fortress Information Systems Limited foounder and Chief Executive officer Matthew Davey .( Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Fortress Chief Executive officer Mr. Matthew Davey. ( Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Fortress Information Systems Limited, the parent company of Ticket Direct’s CEO Mr. Matthew Davey said a team from the organisation will be selling tickets for the match beginning from Sigatoka and Nadi and other parts of the Western Division.

DAVEY: “The team will be taking a roadshow around the country to bring tickets out to the communities to ensure that we’ve got as wide as possible access to tickets for the people of Fiji. We have about a third sold already and amazing uptake for the platnum seats and the gold seats they’ve gone really quickly.”

Mr. Davey said the pricing of tickets will remain the same and tickets will also be made available from Jacks of Fiji outlets.

“We’ve still got great seats left all around the grounds, we’ve had huge uptake for the concrete embankment and the grass embankments as well so the tickets are selling very well theres still lots left. We’re ensuring that we get them out to a wider community around the islands.”

He said being the official promoters for the first ever Super Rugby event in Fiji “Fortress” was grateful for the positive response from the general public.

DAVEY: “We are having amazing response so far from the public it is some of the largest pre-sales that has ever happened here for any event in Suva. The support is simply magneficient, fans are coming out showing their true colors, showing their support for the Gallagher Chiefs and BNZ crusaders.”

“This is one of those events that is going to be rememebered forever, it is the first time that we’ve got Super Rugby happening here in Fiji and it is something that everyone will want to take their families to, its going to be a truly special event.”

He added that there may be a possibility of a second Super Rugby match held in Fiji.

DAVEY: “If we fill up this ground here, we’re very likely to get another game going forward in the future so hopefully we will see more Super Rugby talent coming onto these shores.”

“Hopefully this will be the first of many great events and it is an opportunity to show the credentials of Fiji as a Super Rugby host nation and we hope that Sanzer will look favorbale upon landing a Super Rugby team here in the future but it all omes back to the game here.”

The match kicks off on the 1st of July at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Tickets to the much-anticipated inaugural Super Rugby match in Fiji between the Crusaders and Chiefs is now on sale.

This was confirmed by Fiji Sports Council Sales and Marketing Manager, Eleina McDonald.

Ms. McDonald said the  grass embankment costs $15, concrete embankment ticket prices are $20 while grandstand tickets range from $120 to $160.

McDONALD: “The selling of tickets started yesterday, you can purchase it Fiji Gymnasium stadium which is located in Laucala Bay. So what you do, you come in front of our Gymnasium stadium where our cashier is let them know what tickets you want. The prices are there what you need to do is to choose, you make your payment and give your receipts to our ticketing officer.”

“On the grandstands there are two sets of tickets, one is $160.00 that’s the majority of the middle sections and the rest of the other section is $120.00 and that’s the gold and those are the two far ends of the grandstand. The main embankment is $25 and the grass embankment is $15.00 those are pre-sale ticket prices.”

Ms. McDonald said that tickets are also available online.

McDONALD: “We have sold quite a few of tickets. The grandstand tickets are selling fast they are selling faster than the embarkment and the cement embankment is second in line. So we have sold quite a few, I recommended for spectators to start buying their tickets this week. Well, the majority of the grandstand tickets has been sold, the grandstand will have a capacity of 4000. I can tell you that we have sold about 120 tickets, that’s locally and we sold about 90 cement tickets. We also have online sold tickets.”

She added that they aim to sell 20,000 tickets.

McDONALD: “We are targeting to sell 20,000 tickets, the capacity of the ANZ stadium is 15,000 but we are aiming for 20,000 people to attend the game. We are getting more from New Zealand, I know we have a good handful coming in from New Zealand. This are the super rugby franchise fans and probably some Fijians that are based in New Zealand as well.”

The Crusaders will take on the Chiefs at 7.35pm at Suva’s ANZ Stadium on the 1st of July.

Preparations towards the match between Chiefs and Crusaders scheduled to be held in Suva in July is on track, with organisers and broadcasters having inspected the facilities at ANZ Stadium.

Opposition parliamentarian Hon. Samuela Vunivalu asked the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon.Laisenia Tuitubou to update the parliament on the plans to host the Super Rugby match.

Minister Tuitubou said the Super Rugby match is in the area of sports development and sports tourism.

TUITUBOU: “Madam Speaker, the game is being funded through government funding of $2.3 million, which will carter for team costs and accommodation and local travel costs.”

“In terms of international broadcasting, Madam Speaker, Sky TV, New Zealand’s broadcasting team has already assessed the lighting for the night game and to commence ground work discussions with local suppliers.”

“Madam Speaker, furthermore, Fiji Airways is being engaged by Sanzar as the international airline to provide flights for the Crusaders and Chief’s teams to Suva for the match, this is a further prove that the continuing recognition being given to Fiji Airways and our capacity to deliver.”

Minister Tuitubou said Fiji Airways would provide two direct flights from Auckland to Suva for the teams and has been engaged to provide extra fully chartered flights to fly in those who have purchased corporate hospitality packages for this event.

TUITUBOU: “Madam Speaker, this is a great opportunity for Suva and Fiji as the sporting capital for the pacific, this is a global first, this will be the first endorsed Super Rugby Competition game played away from overseas New Zealand, Australia or South Africa. Fiji will be forever being the first in this case.”

Minister Tuitubou said this event would generate further economic activity and attention through increase coverage through television, radio and print media internationally.

TUITUBOU: “SKY TV is supportive because of the similar benefits of action viewership for special events of this nature. Sky TV will reach out to 154 countries with over 200 million households, this will represent nearly half a billion people who will watch the live broadcast.”

“In the first analysis the project economic benefits of hosting the event is very attractive, with the direct economic benefits estimated to be in the excess of Fijian dollars of 19million.”

Tuitubou said he hoped to market Suva and ensure our visitors to take a few extra days to enjoy our legendary hospitality.

Tuitubou said his ministry looked forward to hosting other high profile international events in Fiji. He said his ministry will work with the Fiji Rugby Union and other relevant ministries to ensure that the process is serious.

Hon. Viliame Gavoka asked the sports minister if some of the proceeds could help the minor unions for their tournaments. Minister Tuitubou said that that was a very good point, and he would take it into consideration.

The Chiefs will meet the Crusaders at the ANZ Stadium in Suva for the first time on Friday 1st July at 7.35pm.

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