Ticket sales for warmup Phoenix match disappointing

17:00, Sep 20 2012

The Wellington Phoenix could be playing in front of thousands of empty seats when they clash with Western Sydney Wanderers in an A-League warmup match at Christchurch's AMI Stadium on Sunday.

Vbase general manager Russell Kenny admitted yesterday the 3500 pre-sales were "below expectations, which is disappointing".

"But we are expecting a big walk-up crowd because the weather is supposed to be fine at the weekend.

"We're disappointed we haven't got more [pre-sales] but we are hoping for 6500 to 7000."

Vbase, the Christchurch City Council's venues management company, is promoting the Phoenix-Wanderers pre-season match with a bigger picture in mind.

The Phoenix played two A-League competition games against Adelaide United at the former AMI Stadium in Phillipstown in 2010, drawing crowds of 19,000 and 14,000.

Kenny confirmed Vbase would like to persuade the Phoenix "to come back down for another A-League game and we are also talking to the Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive about bringing their Phoenix home game here".

He said a good crowd on Sunday could help convince the clubs that an A-League fixture in Christchurch was a viable option.

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