Warriors’ signs nicked in Nelson

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Excitement around the Warriors playing their first game in Nelson next week is growing but organisers are finding it hard to keep their roadside presence, with 15 promotional signs being stolen in the past few weeks.

Organisers of the Warriors pre-season game at St George Illawarra at Trafalgar Park had 20 signs printed to be hung in various parts of Nelson.

But less than two weeks before kick-off, most of the signs have been flogged.

Each sign cost around $50, leaving the organisers out of pocket by $750.

Event manager Peter Win says they’re seeing the positive side of it, that people like the signs and are excited about seeing the Warriors in Nelson.

“I keep on putting them up and then they get whipped, so I’m spending half of my life putting up signs and they just disappear.”

He says they have been stolen from various parts on Nelson including Atawhai, central Nelson, Bishopdale and Motueka.

“It’s getting out of hand so we’ve decided that we’re actually going to have people holding them on the main streets, it’s cheaper than getting new ones printed all the time.”

As for the game itself, organisers say 6000 tickets have already been sold, with the aim of 12,000 in reach. “We’re expecting a big push in the past two weeks. But we’re really happy with how tickets sales have been going. Ticketek have told us it’s the best-selling pre-season Warriors game they’ve had.”

The game is on February 20 at Trafalgar Park. Tickets are available at Begg’s Musicworks or at ticketek.co.nz