Canterbury Tactix need match, training venues

KEVIN TUTTY
Last updated 05:00 25/02/2011

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The Canterbury Tactix are looking for a temporary venue for their March 7 match against the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.

Vbase, which runs the CBS Arena, said yesterday that the stadium will not be available until at least March 15, ruling out the Magic game.

The Tactix game against the Northern Mystics this Sunday has already been postponed.

Pete Smith, chief executive of the Tactix, said yesterday the franchise has several options.

"One is to swap and play the Magic game away and play at home later, but there's implications for our players – whether they are happy to play out of Christchurch.

"We could find another venue but it would not be a broadcast game; and it could be the Magic are not fussed about coming to play a game here.

In the meantime the franchise is also looking for a temporary training venue and offices.

QEII is the franchise's headquarters and that is out of action until it has been cleared for use by the Christchurch City Council.

The team had just finished a review session at QEII when the earthquake struck. Everyone got outside safely, but some players had a long wait to be picked up by family or friends, Smith said.

Some players have moved to homes outside the city but will be back later next week when the squad resumes training.

"The big focus at the moment is making sure the players and their families are safe and sound. Like everyone else at this stage they are assessing their home environments.

"By the time they get together in the latter part of next week we will have some decisions on the game against the Magic and a training venue."

Smith hoped they could find a facility in the city.

"There are going to be some challenges in the next week but they are a pretty stoic and determined group."

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