The composite British & Irish Lions team tours New Zealand every 12 years. The DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 is set to be one of the biggest sporting events of the year, and comprises matches against all five of New Zealand’s Investec Super Rugby franchises, including the Hamilton-based Chiefs at FMG Stadium Waikato on Tuesday, 20 June.
Less than 100 tickets are still available for the match, from www.nzlionsseries17.com
Chad Hooker, Hamilton City Council’s Major Events Director, says the city’s hosting of the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 match goes beyond the game itself, and incorporates community engagement activities – including the Fan Zone at Claudelands on game night (Tuesday, 20 June).
“We wanted to make sure people could enjoy the thrill of this historic game even if they were not able to get along to FMG Stadium Waikato,” Mr Hooker says.
“So we have planned a family-friendly Fan Zone at Claudelands, where people can enjoy a live broadcast of the match on the big screen and share in the excitement with other fans.”
Mr Hooker says there will be no entry charge for the Fan Zone, which will also include live entertainment, giveaways, and food and beverages on sale. A special themed installation, entitled Home Turf, will also be set up at Claudelands on the night, along with sponsor activations. There will be an alcohol-free area for families.
An event listing for the Fan Zone has also been created on the official Claudelands Facebook page, which people are encouraged to visit and share.
In the weeks leading up to the match, the Home Turf installation and special taiaha carved trophy the Lions and Chiefs will compete for are on a short tour of the city and region. The public can get a close-up look at the trophy and also have some fun at Home Turf, which includes the chance to tackle a life-size rugby-playing lion.
Dates and locations for the Home Turf are:
Friday 9 June – Te Awa – 9am-9pm
Saturday 10 June – Te Awa – 9am-6pm
Wednesday 14 June – Fieldays (Chiefs stand) – 8am-5pm
Thursday 15 June – Fieldays (Chiefs stand) – 8am-5pm
Friday 16 June – Fieldays (Chiefs stand) - 8am-5pm
Saturday 17 June – Fieldays (Chiefs stand) - 8am-4pm
Tuesday 20 June – Fanzone (not including taiaha trophy) – 6pm-10pm