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Phoenix threaten to abandon Auckland if crowd fails to show

The Wellington Phoenix could walk away from their annual fixture in Auckland if they fail to draw a big enough crowd to Saturday's A-League clash with the Central Coast Mariners.

The Phoenix had 18,000 attend last season's match at Eden Park, but have sold only 9000 tickets two days out from Saturday's game at the stadium.

General manager David Dome says the club is hopeful of a big crowd given 60% of sales occur on the last two days before kickoff.

However, he warned that if not enough people showed up, the club would have to reassess the trip north.

"The board is looking very closely at the turnout for this game given the excellent form the team is in - second most goals scored in the A-League, Golden Boot in Nathan Burns and red hot ex-Aucklanders Roy Krishna and Albert Riera in the team," he told ONE News.

"Given the costs associated with Eden Park a poor turnout will mean some re-evaluation of the Auckland fixture."

The match, which begins at 5pm, is on the same day as the popular Christmas in the Park at the Auckland Domain.

There is, however, free bus and train travel to get people from Eden Park to Grafton ahead of the start of Christmas in the Park at 7.30pm.

The match is defender Ben Sigmund's 150th match for the club, and the team, who sit fifth in the ladder, will wear a special jersey to commemorate the release of the new Hobbit film.

Roy Krishna scores a stunner, but how did the Wellington Phoenix fare against the Newcastle Jets? Source: SKY


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