ANZ Premiership: Stadium issues hamper struggling Canterbury Tactix

After being hit especially hard by the COVID-19 crisis, the Canterbury-based Tactix are desperate to get back playing in front of a home crowd.

The revised ANZ Premiership will revert back to home and away games at the end of next month, after six weeks at the centralised Auckland Netball Centre.

But the Tactix have an unexpected hurdle to overcome before getting the chance to play in front of their fans.

Captain Jane Watson is hoping the support of home fans later in the competition will provide a much-needed boost, as well as the chance to generate some crucial revenue.

"A sell out would be awesome," says Watson. "Whether you can make enough off that, who knows, but every little bit helps.

But securing a stadium may be easier said than done.

The Tactix say their regular home venue, Horncastle Arena, is heavily booked.

"Horncastle is quite hard to get into but we've really got our fingers crossed," says coach  Marianne Delaney-Hoshek 

A Horncastle Arena spokesperson wouldn't say what  events are booked over the coming months. 

But Netball New Zealand is working closely with the teams to secure venues, with an updated draw to be announced on Wednesday.

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