Interest is high in the historic first Super League match ever played outside of Europe at WIN Stadium on February 10, 2017.
When pre-ticket sales for the match between Wiggan Warriors and Hull FC went on sale on Friday many Saint George Illawarra Dragons’ members snapped them up quickly.
Destination Wollongong general manager Mark Sleigh there was a similar response in the United Kingdom. And on the eve of tickets going on sale to the general public in Australia from Ticketmaster he said Wollongong can expect thousands of international visitors next February.
“I’m delighted to share that UK fans have already snapped up nearly 2,000 tickets for the match which is going to ensure an electric atmosphere, definitely not to be missed,” he said.
Many of the English rugby league fans have bought packages which means they will stay in local accommodation, shop and visit Illawarra attractions.
Mr Sleigh said it all means that game day in February, as well as the build up to the history creating sporting event, will be a great celebration of an exciting new international partnership for two innovative and progressive cities. “It will be far more than just a game of footy”.
Wigan Warriors rugby director Kris Radlinski has been writing a daily blog during his visit to Wollongong and said he will be releasing that shortly. And video production manager Stewart Frodsham has been putting a video package together for the club’s own television channel for fans.
They and Wigan Warriors commercial manager Dan Burton were all impressed and amazed by what they saw and did during their visit last week and are confident many more UK fans will buy tickets and make the long journey.