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Samoa stadium capacity reduced for historic All Blacks test

July 2, 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s home rugby test against the All Blacks next week is being hailed as the biggest sporting event in the nation’s history, but only 8,000 fans will get to see it at firsthand.

The capacity of Apia Park in the Samoan capital has been reduced from 12,000 to 8,000 spectators for the match because of safety concerns and the decision to replace some standing areas with seats.

The reduction in capacity means ticket prices will be exceptionally high by Samoan standards. Tickets for standing areas behind both goalposts, where capacity has been reduced from 4,000 to 3,000, are selling for 40 tala ($22), while grandstand seats range in price from 100 tala ($57) to 500 tala ($287).

The July 8 test will be the first played by the All Blacks in the Pacific islands.

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