American Football to touch down in New Zealand

In March 2016, American Football will be coming to New Zealand, kicking off a sporting and entertainment showdown that has never been seen before in the history of this country.

The competition, known as the Southern Bowl, will see New Zealand host two specially selected teams of professional players from North America.

The games will take place over two weekends at Eden Park in Auckland and Westpac Stadium in Wellington. These iconic sporting grounds will be transformed into American Football fields, with more than 80,000 spectators expected to attend.

The Southern Bowl has been three years in the making for Douglas Webber Events, with Managing Director, Craig Douglas, coining it ‘the sport and entertainment event of 2016’.

“American Football is a sport we have all heard about, but few New Zealanders have had the opportunity to see it live. Now, for the first time in the history of this passionate sporting nation, all the fun and action engrained in American Football culture will come alive here,” says Douglas.

The player selection process kicks off on 11 July 2015, with try-outs held across the United States, facilitated by leading sports agent Jarin Giesler, President and CEO, Giesler Sports World-Wide.

In August, over 100 players, coaching and support staff will be finalised and announced as the teams travelling to New Zealand to battle it out on the field, with the winning team taking home the inaugural Southern Bowl Cup.

“We have had overwhelming interest from some of the most promising football players in the States, many keen to travel to New Zealand to showcase the sport,” says Giesler. “This is our opportunity to showcase American Football culture to New Zealand.”

The Southern Bowl key details:

  • Game one: Eden Park, Auckland – 5 March, 2016
  • Game two: Westpac Stadium, Wellington – 12 March, 2016
  • 3 June 2015: Ticketek waitlist opens
  • 9 June 2015: Presales for partners
  • 11 June 2015: Ticketek waitlist presale
  • 12 June 2015: All tickets on sale

Tickets are priced from $49 to $129 and will be available from Ticketek New Zealand.

Key hashtags to look out for: #AmericanFootballNZ #TheSouthernBowl2016

About Douglas Webber Events

Christchurch based event management agency, Douglas Webber Events, run by Managing Director Craig Douglas and General Manager David Parlane, is responsible for bringing the sporting spectacular to our shores. Douglas Webber Events has designed, delivered and executed some of Australasia’s most extreme sporting events, including International Ice Hockey Canada vs USA, New Zealand International Rodeo and Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Series Qualifier. Plans are already in place to expand the Southern Bowl brand into three other countries in the coming years.

For more information visit the official event website and Facebook page.