Cricket fans in the South will get first dibs on tickets
for the test between New Zealand and England at the University
Oval in March.
It has been 46 years since England last played a test in
Dunedin, and New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White
expects competition for tickets "will be intense".
Mr White, who was in the city yesterday to promote the
fixture, urged people to take advantage of the priority
ticketing window, which opens today, or run the risk of
"With a warm-up game in Queenstown before the Dunedin test
match there is going to be a significant number of English
fans coming," he said.
"Obviously, we have reasonably limited capacity - just over
5000 - so there will be a demand for tickets.
"What we are doing is from November 24 to December 2 we are
giving priority to local residents and everyone south of the
Waitaki River. So they have that unique opportunity."
Residents can buy a match pass ($90) from the Regent Theatre
or online from Ticketek. Individual tickets and match passes
will go on sale to the rest of the general public on December
"We're delighted to play such a significant test match in
Dunedin. It is the home of the coach [Mike Hesson] of
course," Mr White said.
"I know Mike is very much looking forward to bringing the
team here and I'm sure the locals will be keen to support him
"The other thing about the English is when England play they
bring energy and it is more like an event. [Dunedin] is going
to be a fun place to be."
The New Zealand Rugby Union experimented with restricting
early ticket sales to fans south of the Waitaki River for an
All Black test in Dunedin in 2008. The promotion proved so
successful it has been used on another three occasions.
New Zealand and Otago cricket great Glenn Turner has been
appointed ambassador for the test and former England
all-rounder Sir Ian Botham confirmed as the speaker at Otago
Cricket's "test match dinner".