Waratahs to make history at WIN Stadium in 2020
Friday 13 September 2019 11:18am
The NSW Waratahs will make history in Wollongong next season when the team takes on two-time Super Rugby winners the Waikato Chiefs in the first ever Super Rugby match at WIN Stadium on Friday, 6 March 2020.
Venues NSW have combined with Destination Wollongong and the NSW Waratahs to bring the team to WIN Stadium for the first time in what will be a highly anticipated clash against one of New Zealand’s best rugby teams, the Waikato Chiefs.
The game has the potential to be a financial boon for the wider Illawarra region with the match expected to also draw visitors from Sydney, wider NSW and from New Zealand.
Venues NSW CEO Paul Doorn said hosting the NSW Waratahs at WIN Stadium is a great result for Wollongong rugby fans and for the Illawarra region’s visitor economy.
“Venues NSW and Destination Wollongong have worked closely together to bring the Waratahs and Waikato Chiefs game to WIN Stadium to ensure regional rugby fans get to see some of the world’s best rugby talent in their own backyard.
“It will be great to see rugby fans not only travel from across New South Wales but from across the Tasman to pack WIN Stadium for what will be a great rugby match.”
The Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM, said: “We’re delighted to host the Waratahs and bring Super Rugby to Wollongong for the first time, given there are few places around the world that can showcase elite footy in a stadium by the beach at the end of summer.
“The Illawarra has a proud rugby history, so I’m sure there will be bumper crowd at WIN Stadium. This historic match is another feather in the cap for the city’s major events portfolio, which contributes about $50 million annually in economic impact to the region.”
New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWRU) General Manager of Rugby, Tim Rapp said the fixture in Wollongong was part of the organisation’s wider strategy to take the game across the state.
“WIN Stadium is a fantastic venue in a picturesque location and we’re really excited to be playing here,” Rapp said.
“With the Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment, Andrew Hore [NSWRU CEO] and our Board were keen to take the game across New South Wales – coming to Wollongong is an integral part of that.
“We’re bringing a National Rugby Championship fixture [NSW Country v Fiji Dura] to the Illawarra Zone Grand Finals this weekend, it’s an area that is hungry for more professional rugby and we’re pleased to make that a reality.
“The Illawarra Zone has seen an increase in female participation and has featured strongly across junior NSW Country representative teams, it’s a fantastic area and our players will be supporting the work our Development Officers do in the lead up to our game against the Chiefs.”
For more information, please visit www.wsec.com.au.