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Eden Park to host three sporting codes in 24 hours
Auckland's Eden Park is set to show its versatility this weekend when it hosts three different codes through a 24-hour period.
This afternoon the Auckland Aces face the Central Stags in New Zealand's domestic first class cricket competition on the venue's Outer Oval then later the A-League's Wellington Phoenix face the Melbourne Victory on the main field.
Following this, Super Rugby's Blues will host the Crusaders tomorrow evening, also on the main feild.
All events this weekend are televised and with there likely to be a 30-minute crossover between today’s fixtures, the turf team will be split across both grounds to ensure they run smoothly.
Eden Park Chief Executive Nick Sautner says this swift turnaround between cricket, football and rugby is not typical of stadia scheduling and is only possible due to talented operations and turf teams.
Sautner advised “we are lucky enough to have a highly skilled turf team and diligent operations team who both promote can-do attitudes and carry vast knowledge between them. Eden Park is a proud New Zealand icon and over the next 1,440 minutes our teams will exceed our Game Plan which focusses on excelling in key areas such as customer service and attention to detail.
“We’re thrilled to see the Park being utilised around the clock to offer Aucklanders a jam-packed weekend of sport at our iconic stadium and showcase our first-class ability to turn around the venue quickly.”
Eden Park is committed to greater utilisation of the stadium and its facilities for the benefit of the local and wider community. Earlier this week, the stadium hosted the first of four food truck events, 4 The Hood, created by local neighbours for the local community. This successful event saw a range of specialty food offerings available alongside activations from Auckland Transport promoting kids learning to bike ride, appearances from both Blues and Phoenix players as well as music and painting.
Friday 15th February:
• Cricket - Burger King Super Smash T20 elimination final: Auckland Aces v Central Stags, 4.10pm
• Football - Hyundai A-League: Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory, 7.35pm
Saturday 16th February:
• Rugby Union - Investec Super Rugby: Blues v Crusaders, 7.35pm.
29th January 2019 - Eden Park annual report shows cost of resource consent applications
16th January 2019 - Auckland’s Eden Park to host record attempt for world’s biggest boot camp
4th December 2018 - Eden Park to host extravaganza for sport lovers
24th September 2018 - Board appointments to Eden Park Trust and Drug Free Sport New Zealand
22nd August 2018 - ASB G9 returns to Eden Park for its second year
12th February 2018 - Eden Park adapts All Blacks’ dressing room into wedding chapel
21st February 2016 - Wellington Phoenix get 10-year A-league licence extension
12th March 2014 - Eden Park contributes $72 million to Auckland’s economy
10th November 2017 - Highlanders’ Super Rugby fixtures deliver near $2 million boost for Dunedin
13th November 2012 - Management changes in New Zealand Super Rugby
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