Stratford could soon be New Zealand's newest international sports venue.
Just days after two Hockey New Zealand officials inspected the town's state-of-the-art, million-dollar turf rumours of a possible Black Sticks test began to bubble.
Taranaki Hockey operations manager Tracy Collier said the Hockey NZ officials, who were in town to promote junior hockey, were impressed with the facility and the neighbouring TET Multi Sports Centre.
Collier said the revelation had tongues wagging.
"Hockey is a hot topic right now which is why we need to capitalise on it."
Hockey New Zealand national participation and development manager Ian Francis said the town was in the running for a game next year. “Hockey New Zealand is currently looking into which associations could potentially host our Black Sticks test events next year.
"Taranaki is being considered as one of the potential options."
He said that although it was early days, with an opponent and schedule yet to be finalised, Taranaki's hockey community and turf were a "real asset".
- © Fairfax NZ News
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