The FIH Pro League is a game changer – a new global hockey tournament facing the world’s best against each other on the regular. No more waiting for the World Cup or the Olympics!
Every year we will welcome a raft of international teams to our home turf, giving spectators a chance to don their Black Sticks jerseys and wave big flags, and our elite players a chance to hone their skills.
In February, Christchurch’s brand-new sports facility Ngā Puna Wai will host three double-headers, six games in total. Both our mens and womens Black Sticks teams will face off against Great Britain, Germany, Pakistan and China. The first two matches, versus Great Britain, kick off on February 8.
Here are just a few reasons we think you should get down to Ngā Puna Wai this month:
1. Experience our new sporting hub
Ngā Puna Wai is our new home turf, boasting fields for hockey and rugby league, public playing fields and a state-of-the-art athletics track. Ngā Puna Wai elevates our city’s sport offering, and the FIH Pro League is putting it on the world stage for the first time. So get down there and be one of the first to experience it!
2. International food
The fan village is the place to be to experience the culture and flavour of our visiting teams. Fish and chips for Great Britain, bratwurst for Germany, all served alongside the best beer and wine from our own shores.
3. One ticket = two matches
For the price of one ticket, you will see both New Zealand’s best hockey men and women in action. Adults tickets are $42, kids over five years old are $14, with family packs available. A series ticket is also for sale, which will get you into all matches throughout the month. Purchase tickets now.
4. Inspire the kids
Anyone who has watched live hockey will know, the athletes on the field are at the absolute top of their game. Speed, agility, finesse, professional hockey players are the whole package. What better way to inspire the children to sporting greatness!
5. Support your locals!
Take the local support a step further and cheer on Canterbury’s additions to our national teams! Leah Butt and Olivia Merry, of the Black Sticks womens team, hail from Canterbury, as do Dominic Newman, David Brydon, George Enersen and Sam Lane of the mens Black Sticks team. Make them feel at home this month!