In The Nix 21-09-2012

Tickets for Del Piero On Sale Friday

Tickets for the Wellington Phoenix-s 2012/13 Hyundai A-League home season - including the first match against Sydney FC and Alessandro Del Piero on Saturday October 6 - go on sale Friday.

In what will be the one of the most anticipated matches ever in the Hyundai A-League, tickets for Del Piero-s first ever game in the A-League will be in hot demand - from both sides of the Tasman.

Phoenix General Manager David Dome said there has been an enormous amount of interest in the Phoenix-s first game.

“There-s always a great deal of interest in the opening game of the season and traditionally it-s one of the best crowds. With one of the world-s greatest players in Del Piero making his Australasian debut as well, then our advice is not to wait to get your ticket” Dome said.

Alessandro Del Piero comes from Italian giants Juventus and has won numerous Serie A titles, a UEFA Cup, a Champions League-s, and a World Cup. Generally regarded as one of the best players of his generation, he-s arguably the highest profile signing the Hyundai A-League has ever had.

Dome said that Del Piero has brought a lot of profile to the first home game.

“We-ve already had a lot of interest in this game, not only from within New Zealand, but also from Australia where there is a huge amount of excitement and we expect quite a large travelling contingent. There-s no doubt that all eyes will be on Wellington on October 6.”

Wellington Phoenix play Sydney FC on Saturday October 6, kick off 7.30pm.

Fan Trail To Kick Off First Game

The build up for the first home game of the season will start early with a huge pre game party planned for Queens Wharf followed by a fan trail to the Stadium in time for kick off.

On the afternoon of Saturday October 6, starting at 4.30pm, fans are invited to be part of a fan trail which will see a procession from Queens Wharf to Westpac Stadium for the first home game of the season against Sydney FC.

There will be performing artists, Phoenix merchandise giveaways, live music with marching bands, Wellington Samba institution Batacada and all sorts of entertainment for kids and adults.

Wellington Phoenix partners TAB, Ryos and Ticketek will be there showing their support and giving fans the opportunity to buy Phoenix merchandise and match day tickets before the walk to the Stadium starts at 4pm.

Fan Trail Timetable 4.30pm Queens Wharf events kick off 5.30pm: Junior Football Club Parade leaves from Civic Square to Queens Wharf 5.45pm: Fan Trail leaves Queens Wharf for Westpac Stadium 6.30pm: Fan Trail arrives at Westpac Stadium 7.30pm: Kick off Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC

Season Tickets and Club Memberships

There is only two weeks to get your season ticket before the start of what promises to be the best Phoenix season in the Hyundai A-League.

With new players, the prospect of international marquee players playing in the capital, 12 games at Westpac Stadium in Wellington and another ‘home- game played at Eden Park in Auckland, and more benefits at more affordable prices than ever before there-s never been a better time to get in behind the Phoenix . With up to a 30% discount on some season ticket categories over the same prices last year, and with an average of up to 4 games free, then there-s never been a better reason to be part of the Wellington Phoenix.

We-ve also introduced our new Club Membership. More than just a season ticket holder, a Club Membership means you are a member of the Club itself. Besides having privileged access to some Club events and see in behind the scenes of the Club with the exclusive members only website, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are part of an exclusive club of supporters.

In addition to the above benefits, the Phoenix as got in behind local Football Clubs and schools with 2% of every membership or season ticket sold going to the selected Club or school.

Sales are 50% higher than the same time last season, and the Club is hoping that the football public gets in behind the Phoenix to have its best ever season ticket numbers. More details here.

At a glance: Adults from $199 ($16.50 per game)+ booking fee Children from $79 ($6.50 per game) + booking fee Nova Energy offer for an Adult Gold Season Ticket for $99 Club Membership for $50 per adult and $25 per child + booking fee 2% of your season ticket or Club Membership can go to a select Wellington Football Club or School

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Phoenix Open Day At Westpac Stadium

Phoenix fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with the players and coaches when the Wellington Phoenix FC holds its annual family-focused open day at Westpac Stadium on Sunday September 30. From 11am-2pm on Sunday, September 30, there will be a wonderful opportunity for fans to get fired up for the Phoenix-s coming Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season.

The Open Day at Westpac Stadium has always been popular with the fans and with the squad this season looking the strongest it-s ever been the Open Day is sure to again attract thousands to Westpac Stadium. The “Give It A Go” area will feature a range of fun football activities.

Fans will also have the opportunity to experience what happens behind the scenes on game day at Westpac Stadium. The Phoenix change rooms will be open for fans to explore. Better still, visitors will have the opportunity to walk out the players- tunnel on to the hallowed Westpac Stadium turf.

The full Phoenix squad including all the new signings will be on hand to chat with fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Classic Hits breakfast show hosts Dave Smart and Camille Guzzwell will host the event, featuring interviews with players, Phoenix giveaways and prizes.

The Phoenix Family Day kicks off at 11am on Sunday, September 30, and finishes at 2pm.