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Fever pitch at Auckland Airport ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup


Auckland Airport has unveiled its new-look International Arrivals area with a grandstand and mock football field to welcome players and fans, ahead of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 tournament.

The airport’s chief customer officer, Scott Tasker, said they wanted to give players and fans a warm Kiwi welcome to the host city and create a moment that resembles walking out of a player’s tunnel and onto the pitch.

“Welcoming sports heroes to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is something we’ve been really looking forward to, so we’re showing our support for this global women’s sporting tournament by creating an arrivals experience like no other,” enthused Tasker.

“We can’t wait to see the teams start to arrive from next week and the community enjoying the space.”

Kitted out with a 22m by 17m football field, people can get into the spirit of the event and welcome their favourite teams into the country.

In addition, a giant ‘Game On!’ welcome sign will be painted on the grass at the Eastern end of the runway. Spanning 80 by 40 metres, it will greet an estimated 80 per cent of passengers as they fly in to land.

“Auckland Airport is the main gateway to New Zealand, and we have a unique opportunity to make a special first impression – Kiwi style,” noted Tasker.

During July and August, Auckland Airport expects around 1.7 million people to fly domestically and 2.1 million to fly internationally – roughly 90% of airline seat capacity compared to July and August 2019.

While waiting for their favourite team or player, or to welcome friends and loved ones in the international arrivals hall, people will be encouraged to “fly their flag”. Using a dedicated tablet, airport visitors can select their favourite team flag as backdrop on an animated screen for their personalised photo.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ official mascot Tazuni will also be at the terminal at select times.

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