WARRIORS will take on high-flying Huddersfield in this year’s ‘Big One’, we can reveal.
The home Super League fixture against the Giants on Friday, June 24 will be marketed as ‘The Big One 3’ – with Wigan aiming for their fourth crowd of 20,000-plus this year.
Thousands of ticket prices will be slashed and club officials are planning an off-field extravaganza to make the night go off with a bang.
It follows previous ‘Big One’ games against Leeds in 2009 and Warrington last year which rapidly became established as being among the highlights of the regular season fixture list.
And while games against Huddersfield have not historically been as mouth-watering as battles with the Rhinos and Wolves, their stature in Super League has rocketed this season, and Nathan Brown’s charges are shaping as genuine trophy contenders.
Wigan legend Kris Radlinski played in many thrillers at Wigan’s 25,000-capacity home ground and reckons next month’s game between the 2011 front-runners has the makings of a cracker.
The club’s rugby general manager said: “Both Wigan and Huddersfield have developed rapidly over recent seasons, on and off the field, and find themselves battling it out at the top of the Super League table.
“This event has been in the planning for many months and we have a number of new and innovative ideas on how to make the Big One 3 even better.”
With the aim of attracting the first ever 20,000 crowd for a Warriors-Giants regular season game, the club are offering the first 6,000 fans the opportunity to buy tickets at only £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £5 for juniors.
These discounted tickets will be limited to 1,500 in each stand at the DW Stadium and initially will be available exclusively to the 10,000-plus season ticket holders so they can take friends, family members, neighbours and work colleagues to the much-anticipated game.
Wigan – last year’s best supported Super League club – have already had gates of more than 20,000 this season for the visits of St Helens and Warrington, as well as St George-Illawarra in the World Club Challenge.
Radlinski added: “We have already recorded three 20,000-plus crowds this year and we are confident that this could be our fourth, which would be another new attendance milestone for us.
“I would urge every single one of our loyal band of supporters to ‘spread the word’ and try to bring at least one person to the game with them.
“I am passionate about growing this sport and for anyone who has been fortunate enough to attend one of the Big One games or the Good Friday victory, I’m sure they’ll agree that there is nothing to compare with a Warriors matchday at the DW Stadium.”
The inaugural Big One game took place in 2009 when Leeds Rhinos visited the Warriors, a game that attracted a record 20,295 crowd and saw the Warriors run out 28-10 winners whilst in 2010 The Big One 2 saw Warrington Wolves clinch a 23-16 victory in front of 22,701 spectators.
“The first two Big One events have been massive successes and I still hear people talking fondly about the games against Leeds and Warrington,” added Radlinski, one of the club’s greatest ever full-back.s
“Last year the Warriors also made history by promoting the game on TV for the first time, which demonstrates the scale of this game.”
Tickets went on sale today to season ticket holders and they have until Friday May 20 to buy tickets at the discounted rate.
These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and once sold out, all remaining match tickets will be priced at the normal match admission rates.
The first 1,500 season ticket holders to purchase tickets to the game will receive a free, limited edition, Big One 3 collectors pin badge.
Tickets are available from the DW Stadium ticket office and Ticket hotline on 0871 66-33-552.