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Eden Park, Auckland

Eden Park is the main sports ground in Auckland, New Zealand for both rugby union during winter, and cricket in summer. To accommodate both sports, the cricket pitch is removable. The ground is located three kilometres southwest of Auckland's CBD, straddling the boundary between the Kingsland and Mt. Eden suburbs.


The Eden Park area has been in use for sports since around 1900. Eden Park has been the home to Auckland Cricket since 1910, and also hosts international Test and One-Day cricket.

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The ground has also been the home of the Auckland Rugby Union since 1925, hosting Auckland's home games in the National Provincial Championship and its successor the Air New Zealand Cup, as well as the Blues in Super Rugby, and international test rugby. It hosted the final match of the Rugby World Cup in 1987.

It is scheduled to be the focal point of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, with the opening ceremony, first pool game, and the grand final taking place at Eden Park, as well as numerous other pool and knockout games.

Eden Park has a crowd capacity of 42,000 for cricket, and 45,472 for rugby.[1] This is the largest of any New Zealand sports arena. There are no standing areas. Temporary seating in front of the ASB Stand and the West Stand (usually only used for international rugby matches) is required for the capacity of 45,472 to be reached. Due to sight-screens and the larger area required for cricket matches, cricket capacity is less.

With Eden Park now reconfirmed (as of November 2006) as the preferred site for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, improvements worth NZ$320 million are intended to increase the crowd capacity to 60,000. However, the scope of the capacity increase (permanent vs temporary seating, dimensions of the extended structure) will be subject to further design and costing reviews.

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Eden Park,

Reimers Ave,


Auckland, New Zealand

Private Bag 56906, Dominion Road, Auckland

Phone +64 9 815 5551

Fax +64 9 815 0138

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