Support pleasing, despite 350 tickets remaining

Ticket sales for Dunedin's first test in 10 years have been as expected despite more than 10% of the seats remaining unsold, Netball New Zealand game development manager Kate Agnew says.

As of yesterday, 350 tickets were still available for the Silver Ferns-England test at the Lion Foundation Arena tomorrow night.

The Silver Ferns have not played in Dunedin since 1998 and tickets were expected to fly out the door.

"It would be lovely to think they would have all sold by now, but we are very pleased with the support we've had and are really excited about coming to Dunedin," Agnew said.

"I think the sales have gone as well as expected. There is probably quite a lot occurring at this time of the year and it is the first week back at school for a lot of families."

The Lion Arena has a capacity of 2888 for a televised game.

Vector Arena in Auckland was expected to be close to capacity (5000) for the first test last night and the third test at Arena Manawatu (3000) in Palmerston North this Saturday was close to a sell out as of yesterday.

While Dunedin was lagging behind, Agnew was confident the remaining tickets would go for what was a "crucial test".

"Hopefully a good crowd will turn up and support the Silver Ferns, because the second test in a three-test series is always quite telling.

I think it is going to be a real opportunity for Otago and Southland to show they really appreciate this level of netball and get right behind it."

Agnew said Netball New Zealand was committed to taking the game to the country, which included making internationals accessible for all New Zealanders.



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