Dr Shane Reti is encouraging the people of Whangarei to get along to the FIFA U-20 World Cup which kicks off at Toll Stadium this weekend.
Tickets for this Saturday’s Pool A game United States versus Myanmar are still available.
“Whangarei is one of seven host cities for the tournament which will be showcased to a global audience of 170 million.
“Northland Events Centre will play host to several group games and a second round knockout game, which may involve New Zealand. This is a great coup for our city and a credit to Whangarei District Council, local sports bodies, and soccer in the region.
“The FIFA U-20 World Cup is another chance on the back of the highly successful staging of ICC Cricket World Cup to further boost New Zealand’s reputation for hosting major international sporting events.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to host some of world football’s most talented youngsters and see the next wave of superstars in action. 582 U-20 players have gone on to participate in the FIFA World Cup – 30 of them in World Cup winning teams.
“I’m encouraging locals to welcome the more than 7,000 international visitors, including players, support staff and media who will attend the tournament,” says Dr Reti.
The Government has contributed $5.5 million to the tournament - another great boost for New Zealand’s economy.