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Eden Park looks to hosting of multiple World Cup events over next three years
With Eden Park set to host three World Cup events in the next three years, the Auckland venue is embracing the New Zealand Government’s latest sport recovery funding announcement.
New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson yesterday confirmed that $7.3 million is being committed to enhance the country’s facilities for the upcoming hosting of world cups.
The Eden Park Trust says this support will aid in the delivery of the 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, Rugby World Cup 2021 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
As confirmed by Eden Park Chief Executive, Nick Sautner “Eden Park welcomes (this) announcement from Minister Robertson and looks forward to creating a genuine legacy from hosting three World Cup events in the next three years.
“These events at New Zealand’s national stadium offer a platform to demonstrate a commitment to equality in sport.
“It’s our aim to ensure that all athletes are provided with world-class changing rooms and feel comfortable in all aspects of the stadium’s design, including gender appropriate facilities.
“It is envisioned that the stadium’s South and West Stand facilities will be upgraded in line with the renovation seen ahead of Eden Park hosting the Rugby World Cup 2011. A steering group has been formed which includes Eden Park, Sport New Zealand, athlete representatives and all sporting codes who utilise New Zealand’s national stadium.
“We’d like to extend our thanks to New Zealand Rugby for their support and involvement during this process. Eden Park is committed to becoming an industry leader through creating versatile facilities that will attract further women’s fixtures and bring people together to support all sport.”
Key to the successful delivery of these events will be implementation of event specific upgrades including stadium field lighting, gender appropriate changing room renovations, bilingual signage installation, elevator and CCTV upgrades, installation of a replay screens, turnstile replacement, acoustic barrier installation and exploring the creation of an external footbridge connecting to Kingsland Train Station to Eden Park.
Saunter adds “we look forward to working with all stakeholders including Government, ATEED and the wider Auckland Council family to ensure that Eden Park’s facilities remain world-class to deliver three successful World Cup tournaments in three years.”
Image: Eden Park at sunset (top) and Chief Executive Nick Sautner (below).
2nd July 2020 - New Zealand Government launches new fund to back domestic events
26th June 2020 - FIFA awards 2023 Women’s World Cup to Australia and New Zealand
14th June 2020 - Fans return to Super Rugby in New Zealand
4th June 2020 - New Zealand looks for return of spectator sport from next week
2nd June 2020 - New Zealand Rugby announces details of new domestic competition
29th May 2020 - New Zealand Cricket advises of planned job losses
7th May 2020 - Sport NZ provides guidance on activity under Alert Level 2
21st April 2020 - New Zealand football clubs benefit from FIFA Women’s World Cup funds
20th March 2020 - ANZ Premiership shutdown marks end of all top-level sport in New Zealand
17th March 2020 - School Sport NZ suspends all events on national calendar
29th January 2020 - Increased investment in High Performance Sport New Zealand
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