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AUCKLAND, NZ, June 30 NZPA - Auckland's Eden Park is to be upgraded at a cost of $NZ320 million ($A262 million) for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Plans unveiled today for a 60,000-capacity stadium include a new main South Stand.

Also proposed is the removal of terracing for a new East Stand and extending the ASB Stand on the far touchline to replace the blue Panasonic Stand.

When the improvements are completed in 2010, Eden Park will have 38,000 covered seats. At present, 23,000 of its 47,000 seats are covered.

The stadium, which will also stage matches during the 2015 cricket World Cup, will have be enclosed on three sides.

The exception is the western end, where the existing West Stand will remain.

Another design feature is that both the new South Stand and the ASB Stand will have seating that can be retracted for cricket matches, for which the ground capacity will be 50,000.

Retracting those seats will allow the cricket block to be swivelled to a north-south alignment.

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Would love to see an artists' concept of the plan.

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Would love to see an artists' concept of the plan.

In the NZ Herald Saturday 1/7/06,

Pictures on the news tonight showed an impressive plan with fully intergrated transport plan at Kingsland station which has already been rebuilt. This will be the Stadium that will allow New Zealand to gain credibility for 2011, CWC 2015 and a possible 2018 Commonwealth Games bid in 2011.

Finally Eden Park deserves it's name!!!

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Eden Park locals see plan today

Friday June 30, 2006

By Bernard Orsman

Mt Eden residents' groups are optimistic ahead of today's unveiling of a $130 million-plus facelift of Eden Park for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The Eden Park development committee, chaired by Rob Fisher, will announce plans to boost the park from 47,500 to 60,000 and improve transport, noise and lighting issues that have plagued residents and spectators.

Among the plans are replacing the south stand and eastern terraces with a megastand that will cast a big shadow on neighbouring houses. The ASB Stand will be extended to where the rundown Panasonic stand is now.

It is understood that the uncovered west stand will remain and behind it, on the number two ground, a transport hub fronting Sandringham Rd will be built to take buses and the hundreds of taxis that now clog local streets Eden Park hosts big matches.

The Herald on Sunday reported this week that the cost will be significantly more than the $130 million touted by New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Chris Moller to upgrade Eden Park as a condition for hosting the largest sporting event after the soccer World Cup and Olympics.

The Herald has reported that the Auckland City Council will contribute up to $60 million and a further $13 million for an 8m-wide pedestrian overbridge from the transport hub to Kingsland. It is understood that the council will target much of its spending on improving transport facilities, including a park-and-ride facility within the transport hub that can be used year-round.

Eden Park Neighbours' Association chairman Mark Donnelly yesterday said the upgrade was an opportunity to deal with issues affecting residents, particularly traffic and transport. Containing noise within the stadium was another major concern. Lighting was less of a problem.

Mr Donnelly said the biggest concern for the association was funding running out to complete the entire package, particularly public transport and the transport hub.

Eden Park Residents' Association chairman Jose Fowler, whose organisation was set up last December in response to New Zealand securing the 2011 Rugby World Cup, said the 300-strong membership wanted the stadium to become a national asset and something to be proud to live alongside.

An online survey of members found the biggest concern was traffic management around Eden Park, moving one bottleneck from one street corner to another, and the failure of the council to tow cars illegally parked in residents-only parking areas.

Mr Fowler said resource consent should be granted immediately so work could begin on the upgrade.

"We do not have any plans to oppose [the resource consent]. We plan to work with the Eden Park Trust Board [which established the development committee to oversee the upgrade] and the council to make sure we can benefit from the development."

Sports Minister Trevor Mallard indicated that if the resource consent process dragged on, the Government would use call-in provisions at its disposal under the Resource Management Act to fast-track the process. He was not concerned at this stage.

The council has also offered Environment Minister David Benson-Pope an opportunity to make a submission on behalf of the Crown and to appoint a commissioner to the panel considering the resource consent application to be lodged on August 9.

The development committee will brief the two residents' groups this morning on the plans for Eden Park and hold three public meetings. The first will be tomorrow at the park between 10.30am and 12.30.

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I am thrilled to hear this news, it's fantastic to see that they have actually used their brain and gone for a legacy model, instead of making another mess of it by erecting truckloads of temporary stands which will be taken away at the end of the tournament.

Reading the paper, they list the benefits of the new design as ...

· less impact on the local community despite the increased capacity

· better containment of noise and light spill

· increased accessibility to public transport and to Eden Park itself

· fans able to move around inside the ground instead of on neighbouring

streets

· greatly improved facilities for fans, including more covered seating, better

toilets and easier access to food and beverage facilities.

Key features of the design include:

· total capacity of 60,000 for rugby and approximately 50,000 for cricket

· a new three-tier, South Stand, replacing the old South and South West

stands, with a capacity of approximately 24,000. The new South Stand will be

larger than the existing stand in height, reaching approximately to the knuckle

of the existing light towers

· a new East Stand, with the same three tiers as the South, to replace the

Terraces. The new stand will have a far higher standard of amenity for fans

and will mitigate effects – less noise and light ‘spill’ – for neighbours

· a state-of-the-art lightweight and transparent appearance to the outer shell of

the new stands

· number 1 oval expanded to meet ICC specifications

· improved spectator viewing for cricket fixtures by realigning the cricket wicket

to a north/south position

· retractable seats closer to the sideline providing a more intimate rugby

experience

· a “front door” for Eden Park off Sandringham Road

· a transport hub, featuring a pedestrian bridge linking Eden Park with

Kingsland Station and shops, and a bus and coach drop-off area

· an internal concourse that allows patrons to circulate around the ground

inside the stadium, instead of on local streets

· a sports practice area and community green

· world-class facilities in the new South and East stands including food and

beverage outlets, toilets and corporate areas, as well as more covered seats

– up from 23,000 to approximately 38,000

· community facilities

· a park-like appearance with open green spaces and play areas

· a potential park-and-ride facility

· removal of perimeter fencing, allowing community accessibility

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As a side note, I was interested to read the latest issue of Rugby News magazine. There was a little piece which said that while the attention had been on Eden Park, a group of Wellington developers had been quietly drawing up plans as a backup if the Eden Park venture failed. It was to add another level onto Westpac Stadium in Wellington, to also get the capacity up to 60,000. That plan will now be off the table, but interesting none the less.

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the local community have dealth with the impact of the stadium on their environment for ages...although i do believe they should be considered..if they not happy with whats happening they should just move away and stop moaning..

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As a side note, I was interested to read the latest issue of Rugby News magazine. There was a little piece which said that while the attention had been on Eden Park, a group of Wellington developers had been quietly drawing up plans as a backup if the Eden Park venture failed. It was to add another level onto Westpac Stadium in Wellington, to also get the capacity up to 60,000. That plan will now be off the table, but interesting none the less.

Those plans are still out there, the idea was to lift capacity to 45000 under cover as an oval, with the push out seating taking it to @60kpax.

Like Jade stadium in Christchurch...watch this space.

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It would be great to see an increase of Westpac Stadium aswell, and hopefully some more firm plans will appear soon for Jade Stadium.

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It would be great to see an increase of Westpac Stadium aswell, and hopefully some more firm plans will appear soon for Jade Stadium.

i cant see westpac stadium being increased in a hurry but i am interested in the changes being made to jade stadium

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The new board for the delivery of the Rugby World Cup has now officially been formed, it is to be known as *Rugby New Zealand 2011 ltd (RNZ2011)*.

The board contains the NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs, CEO Chris Moller. The boards two representatives from the Crown are Sparc chairman John Wells and Alan Isaac, former chairman of KPMG.

The 2 independent directors of the board are former chairman of BECA Group ltd - Sir Ron Carter, and Lois Appleby - boardmember of the Victorian Major Events company and CEO of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

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The new board for the delivery of the Rugby World Cup has now officially been formed, it is to be known as *Rugby New Zealand 2011 ltd (RNZ2011)*.

The board contains the NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs, CEO Chris Moller. The boards two representatives from the Crown are Sparc chairman John Wells and Alan Isaac, former chairman of KPMG.

The 2 independent directors of the board are former chairman of BECA Group ltd - Sir Ron Carter, and Lois Appleby - boardmember of the Victorian Major Events company and CEO of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

thanks for that

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Dunedin Plans $180m Roofed Stadium

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Carisbrook Stadium

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11/08/2006

NewstalkZB & XtraMSN

Dunedin is poised to become the first New Zealand city to have a sports stadium with a retractable roof after news emerged of a new $180 million development to replace the 130-year-old Carisbrook.

Plans for a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose stadium to replace Carisbrook, the home of Otago rugby for over a century, were unveiled in Dundein, although the designs are yet to be drawn up.

The famous Dunedin stadium is set to be replaced by a new ground in the city's north near Logan Park, close to Otago University.

The project would be a joint venture between the university and the Carisbrook Stadium Trust. The university plans to move its renowned School of Physical Education to the new venue and it could also become a home for a national high performance centre.

Carisbrook Trust chairman Malcolm Farry says if they can have a retractable roof it will be the best stadium in the country and will be able to hold concerts or test matches without having to worry about the weather.

The estimated cost for the new stadium is between $150 and $180 million, though there are predictions that figure could rise to nearer $200m.

Farry says the ground would cater for up to 32,000 people, and the design brief is for the playing arena to shrink down to the size of a basketball court if needed.

"It will revolutionise our city and create a new vibrancy to our region," he told reporters at Wednesday night's launch of the project.

But, as ever, funding will be a major issue. Farry conceded the final decision on going ahead with the new venue would depend on the availability of funding.

He named likely sources as the university, naming right sponsors, ground members, Community Trust of Otago, corporate sponsors, shares, bonds, and the Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council.

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Perhaps, but Dunedin isn't exactly huge, it only has a population of around 120,000 - and a chunk of that population leaves between university semesters.

As awesome as it would be, I dont know if Otago could sustain an overly large stadium. Carisbrook has something like 35k.

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32 000 is about right for Dunedin it is a small city of only 108 000 , and has been mentioned, the city empties out at the end of the unversity year. As for a roof, I hope so as Carisbrooke can be VERY cold and with the now regular night time rugby fixtures can't come soon enough.

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32 000 is about right for Dunedin it is a small city of only 108 000 , and has been mentioned, the city empties out at the end of the unversity year. As for a roof, I hope so as Carisbrooke can be VERY cold and with the now regular night time rugby fixtures can't come soon enough.

yea i agree i think 32000 is a good size stadium

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OK, that makes it seem more logical. I just think they could probably fill a bigger stadium initially for 2011, before scaling back. But, having said that, they've already got the bigger grounds in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

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OK, that makes it seem more logical. I just think they could probably fill a bigger stadium initially for 2011, before scaling back. But, having said that, they've already got the bigger grounds in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

Dunedin would join Hamilton, North Habour and Yarrow Park as part of the second tier selection of RWC11 Stadia for the lesser games.

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Oh my god, can it be true?

Eden Park not a certainty for 2011

Eden Park not a certainty for 2011

The head of the Eden Park Trust Board has confirmed that the government is looking at other Auckland options to host the 2011 World Cup.

John Alexander says there is no guarantee that Eden Park will be redeveloped for the competition.

Trevor Mallard, Minister for the Rugby World Cup, is evaluating the potential of using downtown waterfront sites for developing a world-class stadium in addition to considering the proposed $350 million redevelopment of Eden Park.

The Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd Chairman Jock Hobbs responded to the news saying that the organisation is supportive of the Government's initiative to explore all options and would also continue to support the Eden Park redevelopment proposal as both initiatives will be critical in determining the major venue for Rugby World Cup.

Government may ditch Eden Park in favour of new stadium

6.00pm Tuesday September 12, 2006

The Government is investigating a downtown waterfront site for a stadium to host the Rugby World Cup final in Auckland.

It wants to evaluate a proposed $320million upgrade of Eden Park against building a whole new stadium in a better position.

In a statement at 5.30pm today, Minister for the Cup Trevor Mallard dropped the bombshell when he confirmed that it wanted to know if there were better options than upgrading Eden Park.

"The government wants an assurance that there is no alternative better option to the Eden Park proposal, given the considerable size of the potential investment required," he said.

Mr Mallard said a waterfront stadium could have lasting social and economic benefits.

Among them, he listed being close to:

* good transport hubs

* bars and clubs

* hotels

* better parking

* the CBD

Eden Park, on the other hand, is in a suburban setting with little parking and is surrounded by houses.

To host the Cup in 2011, The New Zealand Rugby Union and the Government gave a commitment to the International Rugby Board that Eden Park would be expanded from 47,500 to 60,000 seats. The upgrade through a combination of temporary and permanent upgrades was expected to cost around $160 million.

Since then, the Eden Park Trust Board has developed a much grander "legacy" option, blowing out the cost to $320 million.

But Mr Mallard said today: "We see an opportunity to work with the councils and regional authorities to explore what Auckland believes would best achieve a world-class facility which compliments and enhances the city's conference and event-hosting strategies and which, I would hope, also drives Auckland's aspirations to be a world class city."

He said the government would assist with raising the funding necessary, on top of the $20 million commitment it had made.

But decisions would be made after the two proposals are evaluated.

"The evaluations of the Eden Park and alternative waterfront option requested by the government are due in mid-October and until cabinet has considered them, there will be no further comment."

Rugby New Zealand said in a statement it supported the Government's decision to explore all options.

But RNZ 2011 chairman Jock Hobbs said it would continue to support the Eden Park redevelopment as critical for the World Cup.

Eden Park Development Committee chairman Rob Fisher said Eden Park offers nine hectares of land and $200 million worth assets, including the ASB and West Stands and a world-class turf surface.

Mr Fisher said he was told four weeks ago that the Government wanted to investigate alternatives.

"We are on a tight timeframe, with 48 months to go until the new stadium needs to be fully operational. Minister Mallard has asked the Eden Park Trust Board to proceed with the resource consent process while other options are considered," he said.

- NZHERALD STAFF

I'm not going to get my hopes up becasue I know Aucklanders and people are going to have to move mountains to get the gerneral public on side with this. But can you imagine a world class national stadium on the auckland waterfront....i mean it would bring the city and sporting events in this country into a new era.

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I'm thinking the same, if only. Even though there is a slightly higher cost than the Eden Park upgrade, just think, we would have a world class 60kpax stadium that was new and would actually look new.

Not only that, but the site at Bledisloe Wharf would put the stadium right next to the Britomart transport center, and the new 12kpax Vector Indoor Arena.

It would provide abit of a sports hub (mix that with the facilities at *the Edge), and an icon for the Auckland harbourfront.

Fingers crossed

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This is a clip from a news item on the waterfront stadium idea

New stadium being investigated

(click on 'stadium being investigated')

When asked on a TVNZ website poll 'Should a new stadium be built in Auckland to host the rugby World Cup final in 2011?' 87% have voted yes and 13% voted No. But on a TV current events TXT poll 35% voted Yes and 65% NO. Although Im pretty sure a large chunk of that 65% would be from the south island, go figure.

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The media is saying the most likely area of the Auckland waterfront the stadium would be built if the plan goes ahead is Bledisloe Whalf (its a fitting named area for a rugby stadium dont you think?)

Just a map I wipped up labled map of aucklands waterfront showing Bledisloe Whalf and the surounding inferstructure. The great think about Aucklands transport is that it is all funneled towards the CBD and the waterfront.

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Angle showing proximatey of the ferry's, the international/Hyatt Cruise terminal, britomart, Queen St and Viaduct Precinct

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Bledisloe Whalf

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Britomart Station

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