Whangarei to host Fifa World Cup games


It's official - Whangarei will host four games in the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

It is hoped the event will bring the district into the minds of millions of the world's sporting fans and bringing millions of dollars into the economy.

FIFA and New Zealand Football have announced this afternoon the cities that will host teams and games in the competition - the world's third largest sporting event - with Whangarei to host four games, including a round 16 knockout game, at Toll Stadium between May 30 and June 12, 2015.

Dave Beeche, chief executive of Fifa Under-20 World Cup was full of praise for all cities chosen to host games, but said he was pleased that Whangarei, and Northland, would get to play a big part in the tournament.

``The feedback from FIFA was very positive following the recent site inspection tour and they are looking forward to a highly successful tournament in 2015,'' Mr Beeche said.

``With Whangarei hosting matches we are able to showcase another unique New Zealand destination and ensure that more Kiwis can experience the tournament first hand, We know that Whangarei will leave a lasting impression on the players and the fans that make the trip north and that the teams that play there will inspire the next generation of Northland footballers.''

- Northern Advocate

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