Hamilton will host a one-off rugby Test between the world champion All Blacks and Tonga next year ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019.
This is your last chance to see the three-time Rugby World Cup winners play on home soil in 2019. The All Blacks will clash with Tonga on Saturday 7 September 2019 at FMG Stadium Waikato. The match sees a return to the tradition of afternoon rugby, with a 2.35pm kick off.
This match will be the All Blacks’ final hit-out before they travel to Japan for rugby’s global showpiece tournament – and their opportunity to become the first team in Rugby World Cup history to claim the William Webb Ellis Trophy three consecutive times.
This is the only game which features a legendary curtain raiser. Carlos Spencer and DJ Forbes will be among a cast of Pacific Island and New Zealand rugby legends who will converge on Hamilton for a star-studded curtain raiser to the All Blacks v Tonga Test match at FMG Stadium Waikato on 7 September.
The New Zealand Barbarian Legends will play the Pacific Legends in a midday match organised to raise awareness of the diabetes and obesity epidemic affecting many New Zealand communities, but especially the Pacific Island and Māori communities.
Coached by All Blacks greats Sir Michael Jones (NZ Barbarian Legends) and Tana Umaga (Pacific Legends), the two squads will be made up of a generation of well-known players, taking rugby fans for a walk down memory lane.
The legendary curtain raiser will kick-off at 12:10pm
Important event day information:
ENTERING THE VENUE
Gates open at 12.00pm – get to the match early to soak up the atmosphere and to enjoy the curtain raiser match kicking off at 12.10pm (NZ Barbarian Legends v Pacific Island Legends). Ensure you are in your correct seat in the lead up to kick-off of the main match at 2.35pm.
As you get to the Stadium, make sure you have your officially purchased tickets ready with barcodes ready to scan. Any queries look out for the event staff in red t-shirts around the stadium or head to the box office for further information. Check out the gates and seating areas here.
Once you are inside the ground, get your official All Blacks gear by heading to the merchandise stands at either the concourse in the Brian Perry Stand, or behind the Wel Networks stand.
If you selected “ezyTicket” as your delivery method, please ensure you have printed your tickets before heading to the game and have these ready to scan at gate.
If you have to collect your tickets, FMG Stadium Waikato Box Office will be open from 11 am on game day. You will need your credit/debit card and photo I.D. to collect tickets. Please note, the roads will be closed from 7am on game day so the box office will only be accessible by walking. Check the event day transportation map here.
GETTING TO AND FROM THE VENUE
There will be several road closures from 7am around FMG Stadium Waikato on game day. If traveling by car, taxi or e-scooter please check the event day transportation map for information about road closures, drop off and pick up options. We highly recommend traveling by public transport.
Pre-plan your public transport and leave yourself plenty of time to get to the game and come early to avoid queues and clear security checks.
Event-goers can ride a free rugby shuttle bus to FMG Stadium Waikato. The free BUSIT buses leave from Hood St outside the Knox St car park from approximately every 10 minutes from 11.30am and travel via Victoria, Ulster and Abbotsford streets to the stadium. Passengers will be picked up at any official bus stop along the way. The buses will return to the CBD after the final whistle.
There will also be a Park ‘n’ Ride option available on game day at the Base Shopping centre. Park your car at the northern end of the carpark and jump on one of the orange comet buses, leaving every half hour. The bus will stop on Anglesea St outside the Speights Ale house. There will also be a temporary bus stop opposite Anglesea motel for the return journey to The Base. Simply show the driver your match ticket for a free ride.
More information about event day buses can be found here.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Food and beverage will be available to purchase through the concourse on Brian Perry Stand as well as outlets behind the Wel Network stand.
Please remember FMG Stadium Waikato is a CASH ONLY venue. There are facilities onsite to get cash out, incurring a $3 fee per transaction. We highly recommend getting cash out before entering the venue.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Please don’t bring a bag unless absolutely necessary. If you do, please ensure it is small and ready for the bag check at the gates. If you have any queries about what you can and can’t bring in, please check our conditions of entry here.
'Txt assist' to 260 on game day if you have any general questions or require help.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Child tickets are available to children aged 15 years and under. Please be advised that if children appear to be aged over 15 years, they will now be required to show photo ID to gain entry to the venue. If they cannot provide ID, they will be asked to purchase a full-priced adult ticket instead (which will be subject to availability on the day).
FMG Stadium Waikato
128 Seddon Rd