The Central Coast Mariners have confirmed the first of several pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season, with the yellow and navy set to head across the Tasman to take on Wellington Phoenix in the 'Battle of Trafalgar II' in Nelson on Saturday 24 September 2016.
September's trip to New Zealand will be part of a larger series of events in the Trafalgar area as the Mariners take on Ernie Merrick's men in what is potentially the side's last hit-out before the start of the new Hyundai A-League season in early October.
“The Central Coast Mariners are very excited to be travelling to Nelson New Zealand to take on Wellington Phoenix as part of our pre-season schedule." said Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp.
"The growth of Football in New Zealand and Australia is something that both the Phoenix and the Mariners have in common and this is another example of how we can work in collaboration to bring A-League football to a wider audience.”
Phoenix General Manager David Dome said “The Phoenix are excited to be playing in Nelson. With a rich and proud history of football, Nelson deservedly enjoys a reputation as a real hot bed of football in this country. We are really looking forward to taking the team to Nelson and showing the locals what professional football looks like and if the local community gets in and supports the match, we may very well look at coming back”.
Trafalgar Events Manager, Aly Cook said “It’s great to be bringing yet another first time event to Nelson hosting another Australian team here in the region. To celebrate, we are offering a limited number of a SUPER COMBO TICKET across all 3 events SNAPAROCK, SNAPAFEST & MIKE PERO BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR ll. Those that buy early will save big on what will be a festive week with great economic impact for the Nelson region. Already accommodation ticket packages are selling well on SNAPAFEST and we expect good out of town visitor numbers across the 2 week-ends.”
Tickets go on sale at 12pm NZST (10am AEST) tomorrow, Saturday 14 May 2016 via Ticketek New Zealand.
Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners
Trafalgar Park, Nelson NZ
DATE: Saturday 24 September 2016
TIME: 4pm NZST local, 2pm AEST
Curtain raiser: Wellington Phoenix Premiers v Tasman United, 1:15pm NZST
TICKETS: Ticketek New Zealand