In a press release from the NZIHL, it has been officially announced that the Grand Final for New Zealand’s national league will be streamed live online. Andrew Hewitt with more.
The NZIHL Grand Final that will be played between the Canterbury Red Devils and the Southern Stampede is sure to be one of the biggest events in the NZIHL’s short history after a great year both on and off the ice.
The prestigious event that will be held in the Queenstown Ice Arena on Saturday the 8th of September sold out in less than 90 minutes. Queueing up in the cold, the Queenstown crowds quickly snapped up the tickets to the final that will be played in the NZIHL’s smallest arena with 600 the reported capacity.
With the rise in popularity of the New Zealand league thanks to the running of the TTCL earlier this year, the NZIHL knew that they needed to get this game out to the public as not all who wanted to attend would be able to. The solution would come in the form of a live stream of the game; a tactic that has worked well for the AIHL and their clubs.
The cost of running such a stream would however have to be funded and one way that the NZIHL used to gain sponsorship proved extremely successful. The crowd funding website pledgeme.co.nz was the perfect vehicle for the NZIHL as they were able to raise the necessary funds in under 3 days with pledges ranging from large donations to pocket change in a show of the sport’s strong community links.
As well as the stream, local Queenstown fans who missed out on the prized tickets will be able to watch the game live at the local Searle Lane Bar & Rotisserie where the post game celebrations will also be held.
Game time for the event is 7pm Queenstown local time and the live stream will start 15 minutes prior to that. You can watch it by clicking here.
For those unsure of the time difference between Queenstown and Australian cities it will be at 5pm AEST, 4:30pm Adelaide, and 3pm Perth.
By Andrew HewittFollow @awhewy Follow @hewittsports