Day At The Track

Meet and dine with The Blues

07:18 PM 17 Jan 2016 NZDT
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Players of Super 15 rugby franchise The Blues will be at Alexandra Park this coming Friday evening - 22 January - to meet fans, sign autographs, pose for selfies, and even be around your dinner table!

Their appearance is the first celebration to mark the imminent move of their training facilities to Alexandra Park – which will include a high performance training and administration centre near Campbell Crescent and the development of a practice field in the middle of the track.

Alexandra Park chief executive Dominique Dowding is delighted that Auckland’s home to harness racing is also set to be the long-term training base for the popular Blues rugby team.

“Having The Blues’ training base at Alexandra Park is another really exciting development for the Auckland Trotting Club. Their move will only help to sustain and grow harness racing in this wonderful and unique central Auckland location. What’s more rugby and racing has always been a pretty good mix and this new sporting relationship comes with plenty of win-wins,” says Ms Dowding.

At this coming Friday Night Trots, from 5.30pm to 6.15pm Blues players will be trackside available for autographs, selfies, and they’ll even be giving away some Blues merchandise. There is no entry charge into Alexandra Park and car-parking is also free, so it’s being promoted as a great free experience for families this school holidays. For more details go to

Ms Dowding says an alternative to hanging out with The Blues trackside, is the opportunity for people to book and enjoy a delicious all-you-can eat buffet with a couple of Blues players sharing your table.

She says at $60 per person, the evening dining experience is very reasonable given the unique close-up opportunity it provides fans to chat about rugby while enjoying some exciting racing action with a plentiful buffet on hand.

During the dinner MC Kieron McAnulty will be giving away some amazing spot prizes including tickets to this season’s games, Blues' jerseys, and an Alexandra Park ‘Top of the Park’ voucher for four people, plus lots more. The MC will also host a fun Q & A session with some of the Blues to tell fans what they have in store for the new season.

For more information on the evening with The Blues or for dinner bookings contact Taryn Sumner at Alexandra Park on (09) 631-1176 or

“We’re so excited about The Blues making Alexandra Park their training base. Friday will be the perfect way to not only kick off this new sporting relationship and celebrate the start of The Blues’ season, but also to just enjoy a fun night of rugby and racing,” says Ms Dowding.

Cameron Brewer

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