Home games to be shared between Palmy and Feilding
on Thursday, 30 July 2020. Posted in Turbos News
The Manawatū Turbos will share their home games between Palmerston North and Feilding for the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup season.
The Turbos will play their first three games at their traditional home at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North, while their final two home games will be played at Manfeild in Feilding.
The games in Palmerston North will be on Sunday September 20 at 2.05pm against Otago, Friday October 9 at 7.05pm against Canterbury and Saturday October 17 at 2.05pm against Bay of Plenty.
Manfeild will host the Turbos on Sunday November 1 at 2.05pm against Southland and on Sunday November 8 against Taranaki at 4.35pm.
Manawatū Rugby Union chief executive Shannon Paku was excited to have both Palmerston North City Council and the Manawatū District Council getting behind the team.
“It is pretty special to have both our major councils backing our Turbos and Cyclones in 2020. It is a great showing of unity in our region,” he said.
COVID-19 created some uncertainty around the timings of the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup season in May which required the MRU to do its due diligence looking into alternative venues.
“With the season starting a month later than usual, it provided some unique challenges, but it has also created some pretty exciting opportunities,” Paku said.
“Palmerston North City Council and their venues team did a great job working with us on potential opportunities to accommodate our games after the speedway season got underway. But logistically, it made sense for the MRU to move games that were held after the start of the speedway season. The Manawatū District Council and Manfeild were proactive throughout the process.”
Manfeild allows the MRU to establish a boutique venue with a focus on providing our fans with the best possible gameday experience.
The venue will cater for a 4000-capacity crowd who will be able to watch the game from as close to the side-lines as NZR regulations allow.
Manawatū District Council have already begun work establishing the field in front of the outdoor horse arena at the South St end of the site.
“Providing our fans with top matchday experiences is important to us and what will be on offer in November will be a unique experience in an intimate stadium,” Paku said. “We think fans will appreciate the opportunity to be able to get up close to the action.”
Turbos head coach Peter Russell was looking forward to getting in front of fans in both centres.
“The players and management are absolutely excited to be part of this opportunity to showcase the Manawatu Turbos in front of the rural and urban communities of both Palmerston North and Feilding,” he said
Sky Television, OSB and the New Zealand Rugby visited the venue on July 24 and approved the plans to host games on the site.
The MRU are working with the Manawatū A&P Show as to how both events can supplement each other on the weekend of November 8 to create a memorable family outing.
Memberships for the 2020 Turbos season will be launched on Friday July 31 through ticketing providers Ticket Fairy.
Turbos home games 2020
CET Arena - 20/09 Turbos v Otago 2.05pm – Double header – Cyclones v Tasman 11.35am
CET Arena - 9/10 Turbos v Canterbury 7.05pm
CET Arena - 17/10 Turbos v Bay of Plenty 2.05pm
Manfeild - 1/11 Turbos v Southland 2.05pm
Manfeild - 8/11 Turbos v Taranaki 4.35pm