Three RWC 2011 teams to get sunny Nelson treatment
Nelson will host three teams during Rugby World Cup 2011: Italy, USA, and the Europe 2 qualifier.
The Italian team will stay in Nelson 21 nights over two stays from 2-8 September and 16-29 September. The USA team will stay four nights from 24-27 September, and the Europe 2 qualifier is staying two nights, 19 – 20 September.
Nelson Mayor Kerry Marshall says, “I’m ecstatic about today’s news that Nelson will welcome three RWC 2011 teams to our region. Tournament Organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd has worked very hard to engage and involve the entire country, and their decision today goes a long way toward achieving the goal of a ‘Stadium of Four Million.’”
Mayor Marshall says visitors following the three teams to Nelson will have plenty of time in between matches to experience all the wonderful things this region has to offer.
“Everyone, including the Italians, Americans and Europeans following their teams, is in for an incredible treat when they come to Nelson. There’s so much to do and see in our amazing city. Of course, during RWC 2011 there will be even more because we’ll be throwing a grand party right around the region to celebrate this once-in-a-decade event coming to our city.”
Nelson has tremendous visitor appeal, Mayor Marshall says, and visitors should make the time to stay for a few days to truly take in Nelson’s warm climate, arts community, and incredible outdoor activities.
“Once people have had their fill of Nelson city and surrounds, they need only go down the road to our neighbours in Tasman for an altogether different experience, especially in Abel Tasman National Park.”
RWC 2011 Nelson Steering Group Chair Aldo Miccio says it’s fitting that so many teams will be staying in Nelson since it is the birthplace of Rugby in New Zealand.
“We originally bid to host one team – now we’ve got three and it’s going to be triple the excitement for both visitors and residents.
“Our region is already gearing up to welcome the teams and Rugby fans. We’re planning heaps of fun things to do during RWC 2011. Italian fans will definitely find it feels like home here in Nelson where there’s a strong Italian heritage and community.
“And, while Rugby fans will find a lot to do here, with Nelson being the birthplace of New Zealand Rugby and with the games themselves, everyone will have a great time joining in on the bigger party atmosphere.”
Nelson is Host City for RWC 2011, with two matches on 20 and 27 September 2011 featuring all three hosted teams, as well as two Fan Zones and a festival of Rugby.