Warriors to play 2011 opener at Eden Park

In what is a fantastic move for the development of the NRL in New Zealand, the Warriors have made the decision to play their opening game in 2011 against the Parramatta Eels at Eden Park in Auckland.

Eden Park, which is the biggest stadium in NZ will play host to several games for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said that playing at the venue is a fantastic achievement for both the NRL and the Warriors team.

“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.”

The game at Eden Park will be the first time in 15 years have played a home game away from their traditional base, Mt Smart Stadium, which is set to host their other 11 home games of the 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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