Following yesterday’s news that the Warriors will tour New South Wales next year the Club have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions about the trip.
What is happening?
We have entered into an official Tourism and Destination Partnership with the New South Wales Government to take part in a three-match tour of Australia in February 2018 which will involve both Wigan Warriors and Hull FC. As part of the initiative Wigan will proudly display the Sydney.com logo on the back of their shirts for the remainder of 2017 and the whole of 2018.
When and where are the games?
The Warriors and Hull FC will compete in an official Super League fixture at WIN Stadium on Saturday 10 February 2018. The following week, the two clubs will then take part in the first ever double-header games between Super League and NRL teams at a single venue when Wigan face South Sydney Rabbitohs and Hull FC play St George-Illawarra Dragons at the world famous ANZ Stadium, Sydney – home of the Grand Final and State of Origin – on Saturday 17 February, 2018.
Why are we doing it?
The sponsorship from New South Wales Government coupled with other opportunities in Australia make this the biggest single commercial initiative in the history of the Club. Wigan are the only team in Super League, to date, to commit to two marquee players and are constantly fighting off interest from other clubs and sports for our best players. We want to be the best team in Super League on and off the field. To be the best on it, we need to look at new ways of generating additional income, providing unique experiences for our players and fans and growing the Wigan brand both in new markets and established ones. Simply, New South Wales is the biggest rugby league market in the world!
What are the long-term benefits?
Sponsorship is already secured for the trip but playing a game in New South Wales opens up discussions with so many other potential new sponsors and partners. It also increases the Club’s profile in the NRL and puts us front of the queue with star players over there who may be interested in playing Super League. The visit will also provide the chance for Wigan to attract new fans in the region and with that comes increased revenue. The Wigan brand is already one of the strongest in World Rugby and this tour will only help develop this further.
Why Sydney and Wollongong?
Australia is mad for rugby league and the joint partnership between Wigan and sponsors of the visit, Destination New South Wales and Destination Wollongong, will make a significant contribution to the New South Wales economy. There are also genuine links between Wigan and Wollongong and at the core of this partnership is the fact it represents two passionate and successful rugby league heartlands. We’ll be taking our brand into an area full of rugby league fans.
I want to go? How do I go about tickets and travel?
Tickets and travel packages for both games will go on sale at the end of August with 5,000 UK fans expected to travel with the teams. Keep an eye on the website and Warriors social pages for the latest info.
I can’t go, how will this affect my season ticket next year?
Season tickets will be priced on 13 games instead of the usual 14 so you will not pay for this game as part of your 2018 season ticket. We have announced details of the tour early to provide clarity on the number of home games for the 2018 season before season ticket packages are launched later this year.
Will I still be able to watch the game?
Discussions are ongoing but we are confident that Wigan fans in the UK will be able to watch both games live. We’ll bring you more details as and when we have them.