Gate improvements confirmed for Turbos matches
on Thursday, 23 August 2018. Posted in Turbos News
The Manawatu Rugby Union and Central Energy Trust Arena will open an additional gate at all future Turbos games to help get fans to their seats faster.
Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive Shannon Paku said they were aware that some fans faced lengthy waits on Saturday.
He said it was important to find a resolution well ahead of the next home match against Otago.
“The ticketing service last Saturday was not good enough and we apologise to those affected," he said.
"Computer glitches, WiFi connectivity problems and not enough hard copy tickets were a major part of the problem. Together with CET Arena we have established a ticketing plan that addresses these issues ensuring sufficient back up tickets and hardware are on hand. The Turbos will be doing everything in their powers to bring home the Ranfurly Shield on Friday night so we need to be well prepared for our next home game on September 1."
For the side’s remaining four home games, the union and Arena management have agreed to open the Cook St gate along with Pascal St, Cuba St and Waldegrave St.
Pascal St will now only be for those who have prepurchased their tickets.
The remaining three gates will be available for those who wish to purchase their tickets on game day.
The Turbos got their campaign off to a perfect start with a bonus point win on Saturday against Waikato.
Paku hoped the easier access to the venue would encourage more fans to get behind the team for their clash against Otago at Central Energy Trust Arena on September 1.
“The Turbos showed real heart in their victory over Waikato on Saturday and they'll need all the support they can get against fellow Championship side Otago."
The Turbos match against Otago kicks off at 5.05pm with gates opening at 4pm.