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Warriors to open at Eden Park

24/11/2010 06:38:28 PM Comments (0)

The New Zealand Warriors will break new ground by opening their 2011 NRL campaign against Parramatta at Eden Park in Auckland.

Chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the first NRL match at the country's biggest stadium - the main base for Rugby World Cup 2011 - represented a landmark achievement for the NRL and the Warriors.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have the chance to take our NRL and NYC (National Youth Competition) sides to a big stadium like Eden Park with a capacity for a crowd of 50,000," Scurrah said.

"With all the work that has gone into it for Rugby World Cup 2011, Eden Park is now clearly New Zealand's premier venue.

"We've been working hard with all parties concerned to confirm what will be a huge day for the Warriors."

It will be the first time since entering the Australian competition in 1995 the Warriors have played an official home game away from their base at Mt Smart Stadium, which will host their remaining 11 home matches next season.

"We remain very committed to retaining Mt Smart Stadium as our home venue but see the Eden Park season-opener as a fantastic way to give our members a unique and historic experience, and to also attract new fans to Warriors matches," Scurrah said.

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