Team Taranaki moves to Yarrow Stadium for upcoming football season
After a couple of seasons playing at various venues, Team Taranaki will have a home base to play their football at in 2016.
New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium will become the new home of football, with Team Taranaki playing pre-season and Lotto Federation League matches on the stadium's number one and four fields.
Team Taranaki head coach Ian McGrath said having a home base rather than moving to different fields around New Plymouth would benefit both the players and the fans.
"Yarrow Stadium is one of the best sporting facilities in the country and to have the chance to play football there regularly is very exciting for everyone involved," McGrath said.
"We're ambitious in terms of growing the Team Taranaki concept on a number of levels, including team performance, pathways for development and profile within the local and national football community."
McGrath said the opportunity to call Yarrow Stadium home was a significant step in accelerating that development process to continue on from a stellar 2015 season.
Over the past few seasons a number of games were played at Pukekura Park, but the team had to use other fields around New Plymouth as well including Merrilands Domain and Onuku Taipari Domain in Spotswood.
The team will be playing on field one until the start of rugby's Mitre 10 Cup, formerly the ITM Cup, after which they will be playing on field four.
Team Taranaki's first pre-season game is in March, with the main season runs from April to August, with promotion playoff games in September.
The Team Taranaki season is the latest sporting event to be confirmed at the stadium in 2016.
The ground will host the Chiefs vs the Sharks in the Super Rugby on April 29, the Vodafone Warriors vs the Canberra Raiders in the NRL on 21 May, the Taranaki club rugby finals on July 16, Mitre 10 Cup rugby from August to October and the Georgie Pie Super Smash Twenty20 (dates to be confirmed).
New Plymouth District Council events and venues manager Ron Murray said Team Taranaki's move to Yarrow Stadium would provide another opportunity to show off the ground's multi-purpose abilities.
"We're focusing on making Yarrow Stadium the best regional stadium in New Zealand for team sports codes and forming this partnership with Team Taranaki is another step along that path," Murray said.