The re-scheduled Kate Sheppard Cup final between Hamilton Wanderers and Wellington United will go ahead at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium on Sunday March 27.
The game will kick off at 2.30pm, bringing to an end one of the longest-running cup competitions in the sport’s history.
Early rounds of the cup were played 11 months ago but COVID-related disruption put the competition on hold till last month when NZ Football were finally able to schedule semi-finals in the NZ Football Foundation-sponsored competition.
The final will be played behind closed doors.
Explaining this, New Zealand Football said:
“As New Zealand is currently operating under the Red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, the final will be played behind closed doors.
“As the Government has signalled it is reviewing the settings within the Covid-19 Protection Framework, New Zealand Football will monitor whether any changes will affect the final.”
When Wanderers and the Wellington United Diamonds reached the final, the game was originally set for Hamilton’s FMG Stadium where it was to be played behind closed doors on Sunday March 13.
However, cases of COVID within the Wellington camp forced a postponement.
About the venue
Opened in 1997, and known as QBE Stadium from 2014-2019, the stadium was home ground for the New Zealand Knights who played two seasons of men’s A-League there (2005-07).
In 2015, the ground was used for the opening game and the final of the FIFA U-20 men’s World Cup tournament.
It has a spectator capacity of 25,000 for sports events and is owned by Auckland Council.
The Kate Sheppard Cup is made possible by support from NZ Football Foundation.