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Auckland or Wellington?

It’s the question on everyone’s lips!

New Zealand has shed blood and brain tissue, squeaked past the great powerhouse of international football that is New Caledonia, and made it to the last hurdle – a two legged playoff with the fourth best North and Central American team for a coveted place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Now the time has come to decide on the venue for the second leg. The field has been narrowed down to two lucky finalists. Sorry Ruatoria, looks like you narrowly missed the cut because it has all come down to Auckland, our biggest city, or Wellington, our nation’s capital. It’s a tough call, so I’ve taken the liberty of weighing up the pros and cons of each to help New Zealand Football make this all important decision.

Auckland

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Pros:

  • Bigger city
  • Bigger stadium
  • The fixture would earn more money for New Zealand Football
  • It will annoy Wellingtonians
  • It will annoy the Eden Park Residents Association
  • It would be a nice lolly for the long-suffering Auckland football community
  • The symbolism of taking over the home of New Zealand rugby would be satisfying

Cons:

  • Aucklanders don’t get football
  • You spill out of the stadium into little but suburbia
  • The Eden Park security goons
  • Potential for a half empty stadium
  • The decision won’t go down well with the provinces
  • There will be Mexican waves
  • Auckland has had opportunity after opportunity to support New Zealand football and they’ve failed every time. We don’t deserve any more chances.

Wellington

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Pros:

  • More of a continental European style city that suits football better
  • We know it will sell out
  • Better atmosphere in the stadium
  • Better public transport links
  • You spill out of the stadium into the CBD
  • Better coffee (I am an Aucklander afterall)
  • They hosted it successfully last time
  • The wonderful memories of last time
  • It will upset all the hipsters
  • Cements Wellington’s place as the one true undeniable home of New Zealand Football. Only Wellington can be this place.

Cons:

  • More people have to travel longer distances to attend
  • Maybe lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice
  • It might be old hat the second time
  • The hipsters might consider it hip and flood the stadium

I think the choice is clear. I hope it’s in Wellington, I think it will be in Wellington, and regardless of the result of the first leg I’ll be moving heaven and earth to get myself down there for it. It’s going to be epic.

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: https://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

7 replies

  1. I hope it’s Wellington. I won’t be too distraught either way though.

    My one hope is that New Zealand Football make a quick decision. At the moment I can get return to either venue from Dunedin for less than $200. It won’t stay like that forever. So whichever decision they make, can they just make it quickly.

  2. Essentially it’s up to us fans to fill the stadium regardless of the venue. If I were to plug one stadium it would be Eden Park. I have been down the road of trying to replicate a fantastic experience before and have found that rarely does it ever happen again. 1999 Confeds Cup in Mexico was just a brilliant trip so when we qualified for 2003 we went to France expecting the same and wow, what a letdown. Slightly different senario with a World Cup playoff but I think Auckland has got to get its act together and find 50,000 people prepared to pay and back our All White team. Eden Park, or perhaps the Auckland supercity council, owes us non-rugby taxpaying supporters who contributed to the rebuild of Eden Park for the 2011 rugger World Cup, a bit of a favour. Drop, or seriously reduce the stadium hireage charges that Football New Zealand will be expected to pay and let’s not only fill the joint, but make NZF some extra coin through ticket sales on an increased capacity of at least 15,000 seats. Remember they have spent a bit to get through these qualifiers and Dunedin’s game would have been run at a loss. Loadsa people, loadsa money, a great team. It surely can’t be too hard to sell to us northerners.

  3. Hi Enzo,

    I was wondering if you would be interested in writing a couple of independent opinion pieces for my clubs Match Day program this season – I was thinking getting a new and fresh perspective in the program would be a great thing and ideally it would be about something topical at the time but not focused on Ellerslie.

    No pressure but if you would like to contribute let me know.

    Kind Regards,

    Tim Adams

    Senior Club Chairman

    ELLERSLIE AFC

    1. Hi Tim, I’ll have to think about that… I’ve thought about it – YES! I’d love to help. 🙂 Flick me an e-mail on casagiordani at orcon dot net dot nz, let me know what you want and when you want it and we’ll see what we can do.

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