The Crusaders and the Tasman Rugby Union have announce that Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park will be the venue for a pre-season match against the Hurricanes on Friday 19 February 2016.
This will be the first Crusaders match in the province since 2005 and will be a great chance for Marlborough’s rugby fans to preview some Super Rugby action.
Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said the team was excited to be heading back up to the northern part of its catchment area.
“We had such a successful game against the Hurricanes in Nelson this year and we know that the fans in Blenheim will be just as supportive.
"I know that the team really enjoy travelling around the Crusaders' catchment area and touching base with the fans there, so they are looking forward to spending some time in the Marlborough community and playing this game at Blenheim’s Landsdowne Park,” Mr Riach said.
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman is delighted that Marlborough is going to see a top level rugby match played at Lansdowne Park.
"With both the Crusaders and the Hurricanes playing, there's no doubt that this will bring in visitors as well as provide a great event for our rugby fans in Marlborough."
"We're pleased to throw our support behind the Tasman Rugby Union to get this match here and it’s good to see our local businesses giving their support too.
"The last time the Crusaders played here was against the Waratahs in 2005, and the local support was fantastic. So I'm certain there will be a big crowd turn out for this game."
The match will go on sale on Monday 19 October with seats being sold at $30. The embankments will be transformed into a corporate hosting opportunity for local business, with marquees erected on both banks.