Warriors target 11k milestone

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WIGAN kick-off their home Super League campaign this weekend hoping to pass the 11,000 season-ticket sales milestone for the first time in their history.

Michael Maguire’s outfit continue their title defence with a mouth-watering clash against Hull FC on Sunday afternoon.

More than 10,500 season tickets have already been sold, and with the passes remaining on sale throughout the year – the price drops proportionally after each home match – the Warriors expect interest to swell as the campaign unfolds.

Marketing Director Simon Collinson said: “Yet again our fans have shown their unwavering support in massive numbers.

“Season tickets continue to offer massive savings over match-by-match admission and some fantastic benefits.”

Club officials have supported fans attempts to help give the DW Stadium more of a ‘fortress feel’ in 2011. The flags that adorned the gantry on the South Stand last season have now spilled over onto the North Stand, and eight huge flags will welcome the teams as they enter the stadium.

Collinson added: “The flags will add even more vibrancy and colour in the build-up to kick-off.

“We’ve worked with fans to help them increase the number of flags and they’re terrific – some of the designs are great, and it all contributes to making the DW even more atmospheric for the Warriors.”

Pre-match entertainment for the Warriors’ home opener features new girlband The Bon Bonz.

A roadshow in the Grand Arcade on Saturday, from 1pm to 3pm, will drum up interest in the encounter and Collinson is hoping they can topple the 15,045 figure that watched last season’s clash against Hull FC.

The possibility of Cameron Phelps making his Black and Whites debut against the club that released him will add extra spice to the non-televised encounter.

Phelps arrived in England yesterday and was due to train with his new team-mates for the first time today, hoping to convince Richard Agar he is ready to play.

His last match at any level was helping Warriors’ Under-20s to Grand Final glory in September.

Agar said: “Whether we see him at Wigan depends what shape Cameron is in when he gets to the training ground.

“We’ll make a decision on him later in the week.”

Referee on Sunday is Steve Ganson, kick-off is 3pm, and tickets are still available.

Wigan have extended Stuart Fielden’s expected recovery time to up to four months.

The prop went under the knife on Monday and it was initially thought he would be sidelined for between two and three months.

But having consulted with the surgeon, coach Michael Maguire said: “Recovery and full rehab will take between 12 and 16 weeks.”