Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Emirates Team New Zealand moves forward with plans for fan-focused America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand moves forward with plans for fan-focused America’s Cup
November 4, 2020

Emirates Team New Zealand has said it will be able to make the 36th America’s Cup the “most accessible and inclusive” edition of the sailing showpiece after being given approval to return to its plan of staging a land-based stadium event.

Emirates Team New Zealand, defender of the America’s Cup, and Luna Rossa, challenger of record, had a public disagreement last month over a ruling that appeared to end the former’s plans to enhance the fan experience.

The America’s Cup Arbitration Panel issued a ruling that effectively cancelled the use of the inner harbour stadium race courses for all racing of the Prada Cup, the challenger selection series to be held in January and February 2021, along with the America’s Cup Match itself, scheduled to be staged from 6th to 21st March.

As the defending champion from the 2017 America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand has held the right to organise the series and had been planning to include two courses in the Rangitoto Channel nearest to Auckland’s inner city waterfront and along the North Shore’s eastern beaches.

This would have allowed land-based spectators a closer view of the action, with Emirates Team New Zealand stating that using the Auckland skyline as a backdrop during racing had always been a “critical part” of showcasing the city and New Zealand to the world in an event with a significant global audience.

Last week, Emirates Team New Zealand filed a request for mediation with the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel which was today rejected due to at least one of the challengers not agreeing to engage with the process.

In parallel to this request, Emirates Team New Zealand and America’s Cup Event (ACE) held talks with Ports of Auckland about a secondary solution citing the “critical importance” of making sure that racing could happen on the inner harbour courses as envisaged.

Ports of Auckland has now announced that it will facilitate the use of the inner harbour race courses that had been in question, B and C, for all racing for the 36th America’s Cup.

Ports of Auckland Chief Executive, Tony Gibson advised “we wanted the public to be able to enjoy the America’s Cup races as much as possible, so we looked again at the impact of racing on the port’s operations.

“The situation has changed considerably since January. Because cruise ships are no longer able to visit Auckland, we now believe we can successfully manage freight operations even with closures to the shipping channel for racing. We will work with shipping lines to ensure there is minimal impact on their operations and to keep Auckland’s freight flowing. We are very pleased to be able to support the event in this way.”

Ports of Auckland have agreed to accommodate a further 10 official race days and six reserve days during the Prada Cup round-robin and semi-final, ensuring all courses are available to all teams.

The shipping channel will need to be closed between 1pm and 7pm on days when courses B and C are used for racing. This is to allow race and spectator boats time to get to the courses, for racing to be completed and to clear the course so ships can come in and out safely. The decision on what racecourse is used each day is the responsibility of the regatta director.

Emirates Team New Zealand Chief Executive Grant Dalton said he was grateful for Ports of Auckland’s understanding of what was at stake for the people of New Zealand, the worldwide TV audience and the spectators being able to watch the racing from land.

Dalton noted “Tony and his team have stepped up to help Emirates Team New Zealand and America’s Cup Event Ltd deliver on the promise we made years ago, to make this America’s Cup the most accessible and inclusive event ever.”

Related Articles

26th October 2020 - ATEED Chief Executive Nick Hill to head merged Auckland Council tourism and venues agency

22nd September 2020 - CINZ organises new one-day business events industry showcase in Auckland

4th October 2020 - EVANZ Chairman seconded to Americas Cup Events Limited

3rd September 2020 - Auckland’s new All Blacks Experience to open in December

14th August 2020 - Sporting events in jeopardy under Auckland’s new Coronavirus lockdown

2nd July 2020 - New Zealand Government halts America’s Cup payments over funding allocations

18th May 2018 - New Zealand budget provides $100 million for America’s Cup, cuts Tourism NZ funding

31st March 2018 - Agreement reached on America’s Cup venue

31st January 2014 - Emirates to connect fans to next two Rugby World Cups

20th April 2015 - Auckland loses America’s Cup co-hosting status role

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues


Aussie Strength

We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  19th July 2018 - ENTA AUSTRALASIA REBRANDS AS VIVATICKET 17th October 2016…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues



About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology



Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Technology / Venues


Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport


TicketSearch Pty Ltd

TicketSearch is focused on providing businesses, organisations, and venues with affordable, efficient, and powerful self-managed ticketing solutions. The organisation has offices in Australia, New…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Ticketing / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business