Australian NRL teams head to Napier's McLean Park
Napier’s McLean Park is expecting a big crowd after confirmation the Melbourne Storm will host a ‘home’ game against St George Illawarra at the iconic ground.
Melbourne Storm has today announced that it will play the NRL Premiership game at McLean Park on 25 July.
Storm CEO Mark Evans said: “I’d like to thank Napier City Council for providing Storm with the opportunity to bring an NRL game to their city.
“For the rugby league fans in Napier, we’ll be bringing the likes of Jesse Bromwich, Tohu Harris and Kevin Proctor – all current New Zealand internationals – to town, so we hope their presence, plus that of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, will see those in the city get behind both our Club and the game.”
St George Illawarra is also expected to bring a number of internationals with them, including New Zealand representatives Benji Marshall, Gerard Beale and Jason Nightingale.
The game will be broadcast in New Zealand on Sky Sports.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting this game at our iconic McLean Park ground,” said Napier Mayor Bill Dalton.
“We’ll be pulling out all stops to make sure fans of both teams have an excellent time in Hawke’s Bay – whether it’s enjoying our internationally acclaimed Art Deco heritage or the numerous vineyards in our midst, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
Napier City Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack said securing the NRL game was another coup for events in the city.
“We are committed to bringing events to Napier and Hawke’s Bay. We see real value in them and the flow-on effect is very positive.”
While in Napier, Storm players will engage with the local community, with public activities set to be confirmed closer to the game.
Storm has won five of their past eight NRL matches in New Zealand.
Tickets will be on sale to the public from Ticketek from Monday, 2 March, 9am (NZ time).
For venue, parking and road closure information on match day, see the below maps:
20 July 2015