Melbourne Victory clash with Wellington Phoenix postponed after New Zealand quakes damage stadium.
MELBOURNE Victory won’t fly to New Zealand on the weekend after their match with Wellington Phoenix was postponed following devastating earthquakes.
The match, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed by the FFA this afternoon, after consultation with Victory, Phoenix and Westpac Stadium.
The Stadium has been cleared of major structural damage after the 7.5-magnitude quake.
However, the stadium trust says there is superficial damage throughout the building that will require repairs.
Our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand, particularly those directly affected by the earthquake this week,” Melbourne chief executive Ian Robson told Victory’s website.
“We have been in close contact with the key stakeholders involved in our match this weekend, and we are totally supportive of the decision to postpone the game.”
The damage included burst water pipes, concrete cracking and spalling, broken windows and some liquefaction on the stadium ring road.
The game’s postponement poses a problem for Victory fans who might have planned to fly over for the game.
All fans who have purchased a ticket can claim a full refund and all ticket holders will receive an email from Ticketek New Zealand outlining the refund process.
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Fans also have the option to exchange their existing ticket for the rescheduled fixture at no cost.
“We understand the inconvenience this may have caused to those who have purchased tickets and planned to travel to New Zealand this weekend however, in this instance, postponing the game was the only option,” Robson said.
FFA and the clubs will now work through the available options for the match to be held at a later date.