I’m not sure NSO is up to hosting an NRL game, it’s pretty run down since the bears moved out 20odd years ago, capacity wouldn’t be much and you can pretty much watch from the street for free
I know that's what I thought. Maybe they will upgrade it or maybe guys whole rumor of Roosters playing games there is load of shit ...
It is not a rectangular ground. The night life is on Manners/Courtenay at the other end of town. They couldn't even fill the ground for the All Blacks v South Africa this year. Want to know anymore?
I don't hate Wellington, I lived there once, but it is mainly good for quality restaurants and bars and being relatively easy to get around on foot. Also the Basin Reserve is great to watch test cricket.
Oh and I forgot the accommodation isn't that flash either. When I realised I could still get tickets for the All Blacks I decided to go, until I could not find ANY accommodation outside a badly rated curry smelling flea pit in Porirua.
I would easily go to Christchurch but have work commitments that weekend.
I'd prefer they go to Dunedin due to the new stadium. It is the right shape, the roof means the weather is only really a factor getting to and from the venue. The crowd last time was talked about as being disappointing so may have played a part in some of the decision making.
Wellington has had decent crowds previously which I assume may have played a part. Wellington has usually been the option for moving home games.
It would be good to get more sides bringing home games over here to limit the sides travel. They usually talk a good game about building a tradition of playing in <insert NZ city>. A year or two later it turns into that's too much travel going to NZ twice.
After making the top 8 we are probably better crowd pullers now so they probably would prefer staying at home.
The thing that always gets me with draws is when they do take game away from home they never really seem to think it through in terms of promotion and marketing. Like if you're trying to introduce a new sport to new and important emerging market you would think they would use whatever names are of teams that are there as starting point i.e Wellington has Hurricanes so you play Storm. Christchurch has Crusaders so you play Knights and Dragons. Dunedin has Highlanders so you play Raiders. I can't be only one crazy enough to think like this and yeah, you know what ? If anybody wants me I'll be busy outside screaming at stop signs ...