February 23, 2012
AUCKLAND – All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen has confirmed he will make the whirlwind trip to lead New Zealand out against Jamaica in the ASB Summer International on Wednesday night.
With Ricki Herbert on Phoenix duty in Sydney, New Zealand Football Chief Executive Grant McKavanagh spoke to the Tottenham defender overnight and confirmed his availability.
Nelsen will depart for New Zealand after Monday morning’s crucial North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, arriving in time for the Captain’s run at Mt Smart Stadium on Tuesday evening.
He will then depart immediately after the game to return in time for Spurs weekend clash against Manchester United at White Hart Lane.
“It shows just how committed Ryan is to representing New Zealand,” McKavanagh said.
“It’s a heck of a trip, and we wanted to make sure given his recent run of injury that he was one hundred percent fit and prepared for game.”
“Given he has just signed for one of the biggest clubs in England and is trying to cement a spot, we wanted to give him time to personally discuss it with his manager rather than just wave the rule book at his employers.”
McKavanagh said the ‘Nelsen factor’ would also prompt a spike in sales and warned fans not to leave it too late.
“Ryan is a huge draw card and will no doubt put bums on seats. Tickets are priced very accessibly and sales are already tracking well but this will speed things up and it’s another big reason not to leave it until the last minute.”
ASB Summer International
New Zealand v Jamaica
Mt Smart Stadium
February 29, 2012
Live on Sky Sports
Reserved seating: Adults $29, Children $15
Embankment: Adults $25, Children $10, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $60
Purchase from www.ticketek.co.nz or call 0800 TICKETEK
Corporate Lounge: $99 +GST (includes carvery)
Corporate boxes: 12 person - $1600, 16 person - $2500, 26 person - $3500
Purchase from www.mtsmartstadium.com
Flights and match ticket packages available from https://grabaseat.co.nz/secure/getaways