500 more fans with plans for temporary seating at Westpac Stadium confirmed today by New Zealand Football.
The stadium normally seats 34,500 and a sales run of over 17,000 tickets in the week following the All Whites’ gutsy 0-0 draw in the playoff’s first leg in Manama on October 10 saw NZF raise the sold out sign last Saturday.
To satisfy demand from fans who initially missed out, NZF explored the option of installing 3000 temporary seats in front of the main stands but this was ruled out by FIFA safety regulations for World Cup qualifying matches.
But extra seating within the main stand has been given the all-clear, meaning the crowd is set to rise to 35,000 when the tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 28 October via Ticketek.
New Zealand Football Michael Glading confirmed that tickets would remain priced at $39.
“There was talk on message boards about charging a premium for extra tickets but we’re sticking to the policy of pricing this match accessibly for everyone,” Glading said.
“From day one the plan has been to get as many football fans into Wetspac Stadium and increasing our home advantage when a very good Bahrain side come to town.”
“The response from the public has been phenomenal and selling out the ground a month in advance is a fantastic position to be in.”
Tickets go on sale via 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) or www.ticketek.co.nz from 9am Wednesday 28 October.
Story courtesy NZF Media