Wellington Phoenix aim to play two home matches in NZ once bubble opens

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 7 Apr 2021, 12:47PM
Tim Payne. Photo / Photosport
Tim Payne. Photo / Photosport

Wellington Phoenix aim to play two home matches in NZ once bubble opens

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 7 Apr 2021, 12:47PM

The Wellington Phoenix hope to play two A-League football matches at home after the announcement of a quarantine-free travel bubble from April 19, but plan to stay based in Wollongong until the end of the season.

The club has four games after mid-May that are yet to be scheduled.

General manager David Dome says the local community at their Australian base has shown a lot of support, particularly corporates.

"Although the club will continue to base itself out of Wollongong in New South Wales until the end of the season, this decision now opens up the possibility to play up to two matches in New Zealand during the 2020/21 A-League season," the club said in a statement.

"The club has previously stated that returning home is a goal. It's important for the fans, our corporate partners and of course players and staff members - some of whom will have been separated from their families for over six months.

"In anticipation of such an announcement being made, the club has been working on a plan to have the team and support staff return. This includes travel logistics, liaising with ticket providers and investigating accommodation arrangements for all the teams involved.

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