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Now that the 2011 Rugby World Cup is over, the next big sporting event to take place in New Zealand and Australia is the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup.

I love the logo:

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Venues have not yet been released but i am guessing the Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the Opening Ceremony and Final. It would be good to see one of these in NZ but i dont think there is a cricket ground with a large enough capacity for this. I am guessing they will host a few pool matches and a quarter and semi final.

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Most likely...Pretty much the format for the 1992 Cup except Eden Park hosted the opening...With Aus v NZ playing - NZ victorious on that occasion. Eden Park is still a cricket ground - just, but there is still a thorn in NZ Cricket's side,- Christchurch.

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I didnt think Eden Park was the right shape for cricket

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I didnt think Eden Park was the right shape for cricket

When they rebuilt the main stand, It was profiled to have the front open air seats collapes back into themselves and with the seats over at the ASB Stand (we can say that now...the Cup's over) doing the same, the gound qualifies for CWC criteria. Also they turned the pitch around to maximise the oval.

Sadly Christchurch's Lancaster Park is a write off. That WAS a cricket ground.

Dunedin has the rebuilt University Oval and the lights from the abandoned Carisbrooke are to be re-erected there shortly.

Hamilton has Seddon Park...probibly the best first class cricket ground in the country.

Wellington has Westpact Stadium - nuff said

Napier has Magpie Stadium

Taupo has Owen Delainey Park

All the above grounds are Day Nighters

New Plymouth, Nelson and Queenstown have full daytime test grounds as well.

So there is enough to choose from.

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Also the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup. As a football fan, this one should be good, with 6 cities as possible hosts and 23 countries taking part.

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Also the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup. As a football fan, this one should be good, with 6 cities as possible hosts and 23 countries taking part.

This tournament...Now I'd be more excited about. Could easly overshadow that year's RWC...or prehaps not. The U20 All Whites are going to have to improve somewhat though.

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Could easly overshadow that year's RWC...or prehaps not.

I'd say perhaps not - it's not like it was ever a huge deal when it was staged in Australia, Canada, Malaysia or Columbia - and I had to look that up, it's not the type of event that anyone much remembers wehere it's been.

C'mon Alex, soccer/football is NOT going to replace the local passions anytime soon in the likes of Oz, the US, Canada or NZ. It's just not in our DNA.

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Meh, the u-20 FIFA world cup will be nice, but just because it's FIFA, and just because the supposed big deal this will be, it will hover just above the interest of the under 17s Im thinking.

I think the Cricket World Cup will be the much anticipated event, couple it with the summer factor - will be awesome.

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C'mon Alex, soccer/football is NOT going to replace the local passions anytime soon in the likes of Oz, the US, Canada or NZ. It's just not in our DNA.

Of course, but NZ needs to get out there and grab 'global viewing' events for profile...WC Cricket is still a good event and I look foward to it since we havent seen it here since 1992. (Oh and rather freakishly - Jacque Roggie said an Olympics is NOT out of NZ's reach...)

As for compressing the event down to a respectable six weeks - easly done as Australasia crosses four time zones. We got away with it in the last hosting so it should be all good.

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The hosting schedule for the Cricket World Cup was announced today.

To be honest, New Zealand seems to be the big winner, but I think that is maybe only coming from a perspective of many people thinking we would be left with the slop and Australia with the gravy.

Final to be held at the MCG in Melbourne, with NZ getting 1 QF and 1 SF.

Sydney's SCG hosting the other SF.

Christchurch, all going well will get the opening match on Valentines Day. Not entirely sure I agree with that, but there ya go.

Big losers........ Brisbane, losing out to the likes of a redeveloped park in Adelaide for any games in the business end of the tournament.

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Happy...ish with the draw. NZ was always going to be the junior partner in this event.

Amazed that Queenstown missed out, but NZ simply doesn't have the capcity at it's ovals.

Christchurch is a huge risk...Mainly for all the Council BS and consent process...I'm not being mean to Chch but the opening should've been in Auckland. BUT if they can get through in time, then Chch opening is a nice gesture.

Chch should wait for the next CWGs cycle.

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Almost forgot...

NZ will host the final Qualifying Tournament in January 2014 for the minor second tier spots for the 2015 event.

It will include the smaller but very attractive grounds of Mt Maunganui, New Plymouth, Lincoln,Rangiora, and Queenstown - the surprise omission from yesterday's CWC host draw.

Also NZ hosting a Quarter and Semi final is on the proviso that the Black Caps have made it that far...Sydney and Melbourne will, rightfully, take them otherwise.

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Also NZ hosting a Quarter and Semi final is on the proviso that the Black Caps have made it that far...Sydney and Melbourne will, rightfully, take them otherwise.

Sorry?

No, 1 QF and 1 SF are confirmed for Wellington and Auckland (respectively). That is dependent on nothing. It's there ...... cofirmed.

Or have I misunderstood you?

Surprised at Queenstown too, such a nice ground.

As for Christchurch, I too believe that should have been in Auckland.

If Christchurch wants these events, they are going to have to stump up with the goods in terms of stadia. There is no reason they should be able to put forward a twee park and expect to host such a major match.

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Sorry?

No, 1 QF and 1 SF are confirmed for Wellington and Auckland (respectively). That is dependent on nothing. It's there ...... cofirmed.

Or have I misunderstood you?

Surprised at Queenstown too, such a nice ground.

As for Christchurch, I too believe that should have been in Auckland.

If Christchurch wants these events, they are going to have to stump up with the goods in terms of stadia. There is no reason they should be able to put forward a twee park and expect to host such a major match.

:) NZ Hearld and Waikato Times reported the QF and SF was conditional on NZ making it through.

A lot of people were peeved at Queenstown missing AND the lame excuse...access difficulty for broadcasting and media, kid you not...International airport right next door.

Queenstown has everything needed to host except for daynight cricket. But that's about to be resolved with retractable lighting towers...

Christchurch should just consider themselves lucky...As usual the greyhead moaners (a Canterbury trait), don't want their precious Hagley Park ruined by the enlarged ground, which would be a temporary thing, and it to will have the retractable lighting towers installed. Hagley Park, by the way, is huge and you wouldn't even notice the ground which is located on the already 'sports side' area of the park.

The Brissy papers have been kicking up a stink. The Gabba is a horrible, pokey little ground.

:unsure: I'm amazed that the Gabba was omitted as well...Use to be Beer Can Alley in the old days!! ^_^

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If Christchurch wants these events, they are going to have to stump up with the goods in terms of stadia. There is no reason they should be able to put forward a twee park and expect to host such a major match.

And the Opening Ceremony

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I think they mentioned that the Blackcaps playing their qf and sf at the NZ venues are conditional where they finish, but those 2 matches are definitely scheduled for Wellington and Auckland.

It would be logistically impossible to alter the venues with just a few days notice, in terms of travel plans of pre-booked fans etc etc.

The March 29 final follows semifinals at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Auckland's Eden Park, organisers said today.

Should the Black Caps make the semifinals, they will play at Eden Park. - Waikato Times online

I know this is incredibly un-PC, but Christchurch needs to get their act together. They either want to be a city or they don't. I understand the likes of sporting venues are probably the least of their worries when it comes to rebuilding their city, but if they want the events, they need to come up with the goods. I've seen good movement on a rugby stadium, but imo, something akin to the basin reserve (as fantastic as that ground is), just shouldn't cut it for opening match of CWC.

Have you heard anything on what their plans are for this cricket ground Alex?

Also, haven't heard any word on any potential opening ceremony or the venue for? Surely with Australia involved they wouldn't miss a chance to hold an opening ceremony. lol.

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Ill add that with Lianne Dalziel likely to waltz in as the new Mayor of Christchurch, I believe Christchurch will become even more anti-development that it is today. We'll probably see alot of their development projects scaled down (conference center, rugby stadium etc). I really do fear that the city will start to retract. All the tradies will eventually return home after the majority of the bulk rebuild is complete, and then what will be left?

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I think they mentioned that the Blackcaps playing their qf and sf at the NZ venues are conditional where they finish, but those 2 matches are definitely scheduled for Wellington and Auckland.

It would be logistically impossible to alter the venues with just a few days notice, in terms of travel plans of pre-booked fans etc etc.

I know this is incredibly un-PC, but Christchurch needs to get their act together. They either want to be a city or they don't. I understand the likes of sporting venues are probably the least of their worries when it comes to rebuilding their city, but if they want the events, they need to come up with the goods. I've seen good movement on a rugby stadium, but imo, something akin to the basin reserve (as fantastic as that ground is), just shouldn't cut it for opening match of CWC.

Have you heard anything on what their plans are for this cricket ground Alex?

:) Ahh...now I understand the QF and SF format regarding NZ.

Nothing un-PC about your comment...Christchurch is in a mess re it's governance. CERA is the problem, they should've taken total control.

Agree with the Basin reserve comment. Hagley Park opening ceremony and first match may, actually, be a different type of opening.

There has always been a cricket ground here and the new embankments enhance what is a delightful setting, very English Village like - something that Christchurch is trying to move away from. Temporary stands will go in and only for the CWC. It is not to be used as a rugby ground (as some were fearing a Sevens tournament venue). It's the convenience of the inner city that favours this ground. QEII Park's much better to develop oval would've been ideal especially after they've finished pulling down the CWG stadium :( . The main arena was going to become the new Cricket ground.

Ill add that with Lianne Dalziel likely to waltz in as the new Mayor of Christchurch, I believe Christchurch will become even more anti-development that it is today. We'll probably see alot of their development projects scaled down (conference center, rugby stadium etc). I really do fear that the city will start to retract. All the tradies will eventually return home after the majority of the bulk rebuild is complete, and then what will be left?

<_< I'm reluctant to get involved in the mess of that battered city's government...Putting in what looks likely to be an ultra socialist left Labour candidate harks back to how the UK Labour counteracted the Thatcher government...everything will slow down. Dalziel will want the central government to pay for everything...Which in the case of the Hagley Park oval, is as a compromise to a new rectangle enclosed stadium on Barbados St...The convention centre is going ahead no matter what, this is a central government project...The Town Hall will likely stay though, it's a beautifull piece of modern arch'. One building I'm glad to see go was the view running Park Royal hotel that 'permanently' blocked off Victoria St and ruining the approach view of the Town Hall...(drifting off topic here)

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I think Chch should go all-out to try & get the Commies in 2026/30. Would really be something to show the world what Kiwis are capable of in a short time.

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New Zealand have done well with the games that have been allocated for the World Cup. Was surprised that queens town missed out on games though. Nelson is hosting games which is a surprise. Have the black caps played there before? I can't remember it.

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I think Chch should go all-out to try & get the Commies in 2026/30. Would really be something to show the world what Kiwis are capable of in a short time.

:) Yoshi, it is a grand plan for Chch to host a CWGs in and around that time...But with a possible swing to the far left in local government election in two months time, spending priorities will change.

Spending on 'fun' events for Chch have been shelved since 2011...This year is the 150th Anniversary of New Zealand Railways. Before the quake, a massive Rail pagent was planned as the new National Railway Museum at Ferrymead would've been completed this year for it. Chch is the birth place of Railways in NZ.

There's still going to be an event, but nothing like was planned.

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I like the sentiment of having the opening match of the tournament in Christchurch, but I share many of the reservations already expressed.

Regarding Brisbane, I don't understand why the Gabba has so few games. I certainly see no reason why Brisbane shouldn't have the Melbourne quarter-final.

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I like the sentiment of having the opening match of the tournament in Christchurch, but I share many of the reservations already expressed.

Regarding Brisbane, I don't understand why the Gabba has so few games. I certainly see no reason why Brisbane shouldn't have the Melbourne quarter-final.

There have been glaring omissions on both sides of the Tasman regarding premium games and venues. NZ is lucky for what it got. Most of it's cricket grounds are little more than village greens. Wellington has the largest oval thanks to Westpac stadium, Eden Park still has short boundries.

As for the Gabba, it all came down to capacity, which means $$$. The MCG simply towers over all else, followed closely by the SCG.

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