The English are coming ... The Terrace Bar duty manager
Laura Mulqueen is ready for a big week when the Barry Army
uses the bar as its Dunedin headquarters for the New
Zealand v England cricket test match starting on March 6.
Photo by Tim Miller
An army is coming and Dunedin is preparing itself.
Thousands of loud English cricket supporters are expected to
be in the city for the England and New Zealand test match at
the University Oval starting on March 6.
New Zealand Cricket commercial and marketing general manager
James Wear said there had been very strong sales for the
When England was playing and the Barmy Army following it,
ticket numbers grew and this had shown up in pre-sales for
the Dunedin match, Mr Wear said.
''We recommend that locals get in soon to secure their
tickets for the Dunedin Test, as there is limited capacity at
University Oval,'' he said.
New Zealand Cricket does not give out information on the
specific number of tickets sold before a match.
Barmy Army spokeswoman Becky Fairlie-Clarke said there was
excitement among the Barmy Army about the New Zealand tour
and a real interest in visiting Dunedin.
The group was also looking forward to seeing the University
Oval, which they had seen on television last year, when South
Africa played there, Mrs Fairlie-Clarke said. Despite New
Zealand's disappointing form before the tour a large number
of supporters were still expected to follow the English team
around New Zealand, she said.
''It is always hard to to say how many people will tour but
certainly the tour in 2008 has gone down in Barmy Army
folklore as an absolutely brilliant tour.
The Terrace Bar will be the headquarters for the touring
group while in Dunedin, something owner John McDonald is
looking forward to.
''We have been in talks with them for the past couple of
weeks and we put together a proposal and they said yes to
using us as their base in Dunedin.''
Mr McDonald expected it to be a very busy week for the bar
and did not mind if there was one day of rain.
''I'm sure we will be able to accommodate them for the day.''
The bar had not applied for an extended licence and would
operating as normal, he said.
He also invited any New Zealand supporters to get along and
enjoy the atmosphere.
Adams Flags sales manager Bruce Adams said he would be making
sure there were a few extra English flags lying around just
in case Barmy Army members had left theirs at home.
As well as the test match, the Barmy Army will be taking on
New Zealand cricket's own supporters, the Beige Brigade, on
March 5, the day before the test starts.