Phoenix face homeless drama

With the 2014-15 A-League draw revealed on Thursday, Wellington Phoenix have admitted they are yet to confirm where they will play their home matches in February and March, when Westpac Stadium becomes unavailable due to the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Phoenix played home matches outside Wellington in Napier, Christchurch and Auckland last season but all three of those cities will serve as venues for the limited-overs event and are unlikely to offer a solution.

"The draw has been complicated by Australia hosting the Asian Cup which shuts down the A-League over January and then New Zealand and Australia host the Cricket World Cup through February and March," Phoenix general manager David Dome said in a statement.

"That means no games through most of January which affects all A-League clubs and Westpac Stadium (is) out of the equation in February and March so it's been a challenging process.

"We're working on venues now for February and March and hope to be able to release these soon.

"The club has worked with the FFA to get the best possible solution we can despite significant challenges."

Despite those difficulties, the club claim to be satisfied with the early part of their draw for the 2014-2015 season after being handed three home games in the first five rounds.

Their campaign gets under way at Westpac Stadium on Sunday October 12 against the Perth Glory, and they will return to the venue in Round 3 against the Newcastle Jets and Round 5 against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick is likely to be pleased with the early home games and will look forward to taking on his old team Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Round 4.

Phoenix supporters will be marking in their diary the Round 8 visit of Melbourne City and their all-star line up, featuring Spain's David Villa and veteran Irishman Damien Duff.


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