Super Rugby clash to boost nation's economy

SUVA, 20 NOVEMBER 2015 (FIJI TIMES) ----While economic returns will be the major benefit from hosting a Super Rugby match next year, The ANZ Stadium is up for further upgrading.

Fiji National Sports Commission President Peter Mazey said of the $2.3 million allocated to host the Chiefs vs Crusaders fixture, money would be directed towards electronic signage as well as fixing the screen.

"If you look at any rugby game, the big thing that you will notice is the big signage on the ground, that signage will be, Come to Fiji or Tourism Fiji but the national stadium will have computerized signage like normal international matches, and the screen, you may find there are two screens, so all of that is part of the $2.3 million by the way," he said.

Part of the costs include transportation costs for teams as well as support staff catering for live coverage.

"If we ask, what does Fiji get out of it, I know people are asking that question.

"This time around we get the TV coverage, the sponsorship coverage and it comes back into the economy it showcases the national stadium and Fiji," he said.

He added there was a likelihood that New Zealand team Chiefs would look to lengthen their stay.

"I understand that one of the big things is the Chiefs are going to go and camp a week after the game until their next game, that's what we understand so far," he said.

The fixture set for July is only the second time a Kiwi side has held their match out of New Zealand....PACNEWS




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