Monday, September 14, 2020
Todays announcement by the New Zealand Government to extend the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 for everyone outside of Auckland means that the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union will be unable to host any general admission spectators to our first home game this Saturday 19th September 2020.
With the Volcanix taking on Waikato at 4.35pm and the Steamers taking on Southland at 7.05pm this Saturday at Rotorua International Stadium, the extension of Level 2 for everyone (except Auckland being at Level 2.5) to at least Monday 21st September, means only a small number of corporate hospitality guests will be able to be safely hosted at the venue and comply with the stringent COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions, especially around mass gatherings.
Viewers will be able to watch both games live on Sky Sport 2 (channel 52) from 4.30pm for the Volcanix vs Waikato game and Sky Sport 1 (channel 51) from 7.00pm for the Steamers vs Southland game.
Bay of Plenty Rugby CEO Mike Rogers comments "While it is unfortunate we cannot allow public into the game this weekend, our priority is the health and welfare of our players, management and the wider rugby community during this time.”
"We hope that we get the opportunity to host crowds at our next home game against Auckland on Friday 2nd October in Rotorua" says Rogers.