MT SMART STADIUM TO HOST EPIC RIVALRY

Mt Smart Stadium officials believe tickets for sport’s latest great rivalry will be in hot demand when they go on sale later this month. The draw for rugby league’s inaugural Oceania Cup was released today and sees New Zealand and Tonga clashing in the opening match at Mt Smart on 22 June 2019. Regional Facilities Auckland CEO Chris Brooks says the Oceania Cup, which also features Australia, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea, is a major boost for rugby league and the concept couldn’t wish for a more dramatic opener.

“The Kiwi-Tonga rivalry exploded during the 2017 World Cup and we were eager for Mt Smart to host June’s re-match because it’s the contest league fans desperately want to see,” Mr Brooks said. 

“Whether there is a sea of red, a black tide or a mix of both, this Oceania Cup opener will have an atmosphere that’s equal to any sporting event in the world.”

Tickets for the series will go on sale at the end of March, with Brooks urging league fans to be in early. "The world was wowed by the epic crowd scenes at last October’s test between Australia and Tonga at Mt Smart,” he said. “Both sets of fans will consider June’s Kiwi-Mate Ma’a Tonga match to be a home game, so it’s going to make for a truly special occasion.”

The June test will be Mt Smart’s only league international in 2019. After the Vodafone Warriors' season ends the stadium has commitments which will see the focus shift to major events outside of sport.

Fan reaction to Kiwis vs Tonga clash

Event Guide

Travel to and from the venue on the NX1 buses and trains is included in your ticket. NX1 and Rail will commence at 2pm. Regular scheduled bus services operate via Great South Road past the Penrose train station. The 66 frequent crosstown service, 670 and 743 bus services travel via Mt Smart Stadium. Normal fares/passes apply for bus travel that is not on the NX1.

Please retain your ticket for the ride home.

Public Transport Options

A range of tasty food options will be available throughout the venue along with bar service. 
There are food options to suit everyone - Gourmet Shuttle, Fritz Weiner, Donut Dudes, Danish Delight, Black Stag Deli, M & L Seafood, The White Lady, Mr Whippy, Rack 'n' Roll, Kebabs on Queen, Gorilla Kitchen, Gelato Workshop and more!

Free water stations are located throughout the venue. Check the venue map to find your closest water station.

If you are under 25 and intending on purchasing alcohol, please ensure you bring ID - Accepted forms of ID are HAANZ 18+ card, NZ Drivers Licence or Passport.

Bag / Coat Check:
Unfortunately, we do not provide a bag or coat check. 

Smoke-free policy:
Mt Smart Stadium is a totally SMOKEFREE Zone. Patrons must leave the Stadium grounds to smoke. This includes vaporizers and e-cigarettes.

Drugs and Alcohol Policy:

Mt Smart Stadium complies with the Liquor Licensing Authority and prohibits the serving of alcohol to intoxicated or under-aged persons. Intoxicated or under-aged persons who are apprehended with alcohol will be escorted from the premises. Mt Smart Stadium maintains a strict ‘no drugs’ policy, illicit drugs are prohibited and will be confiscated at the gate.  Any persons apprehended with drugs in their possession will be escorted from the premises. Incidents involving alcohol or drugs will be referred to the police where the situation requires it.

Lost, stolen or damaged property:
Stadium management take no responsibility for any damage to, loss or theft of a patron’s personal property while on stadium property.

Behaviour:
In extreme cases, a patron who exhibits unacceptable or disruptive behavior may be asked to leave the stadium. Failure to comply with a direction from Mt Smart Stadium staff, security staff or NZ Police to leave the event venue may render the ticket holder liable to arrest and prosecution for the offence of trespass under section 4 Trespass Act 1980 which is punishable on conviction by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 3 months.

Weather:
Game will go ahead rain or shine. If rain is predicted, bring a poncho or raincoat as umbrellas cannot be erected within the venue.

Dress code:

  • Clothing must conform to reasonable standards of decency
  • For safety reasons, footwear is to be worn at all times
  • We do not permit gang patches to be displayed.

Security:

If you refuse to present any of the requested items for searching, you may be denied entry. We reserve the right to search vehicles entering the stadium. Entry may be refused if a patron is intoxicated or under the influence of illicit substances. Stadium management and its representatives reserve the right to request patrons to present any clothing, bags and other carried items for searching before you enter the stadium.

Permitted Items:

  • Small personal cameras and camera phones are allowed. Professional cameras, or any camera with a lens larger than a standard watch face (or exceeding 4cm in diameter).will not be permitted.
  • One sealed plastic water bottle (up to 1 litre). Please note that depending on the security requirements of the event, the lid may be removed and discarded on entry
  • Disability assistance dogs.
  • Banners, placards and flags no larger than 1m x 1m with sticks and poles detached before entering the stadium.

Prohibited Items:

  • Bags larger than 350mm x 300mm x 400mm
  • Video cameras and recording device (this does not include mobile phones)
  • Photographic devices with a lens larger than a standard watch face (not exceeding 4cm in diameter).
  • Prams & strollers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Go Pros
  • iPads or Tablets
  • Cans or glass of any kind
  • Strictly NO alcohol or illicit drugs
  • Branded or commercial food and drinks, including takeaways
  • Metal utensils, cutlery, etc
  • Chilly bins / Coolers
  • Dangerous goods
  • Fireworks, flares, lasers or flash lights
  • Knives, Tasers, Mace, Chains, Spurs or Studded Jewellery
  • Offensive weapons including, but not limited to, any object that may be used as a projectile such as glow sticks, balls, containers, etc
  • Air horns or loud hailers
  • Umbrellas or other sun/rain shelters
  • Furniture chairs or stools
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles or scooters
  • Animals (excluding service dogs such as guide dogs and police or emergency service dogs)
  • Any other items deemed by stadium management or the promoter to be illegal, dangerous or a nuisance to yourself or others

Please note that prohibited items will be confiscated and will not be returned. If in doubt, leave it at home. Stadium management and the promoter take no responsibility for confiscated items.

Mobility Parking:

Limited mobility parking available on the Eastern curb of Beasley Ave. Additional mobility parking available at the main stadium car park via 51 O’Rorke Road. Mobility permits must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard at all times. You’ll also need the mobility permit to gain access through the road closure at O’Rorke Road. No vehicles to move at least 30-60 minutes after final whistle of the main game during egress phase (except emergency vehicles only).

Assistance:

Game-day assistants with buggys and wheelchairs will be available to assist mobility impaired patrons if required