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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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