Noise worry may hit summer party for six
Cricket fans after a fix of international twenty20 cricket at Eden Park next summer could be left disappointed.
New Zealand Cricket might move the annual match because of strict noise conditions imposed on games by the Auckland City Council during Eden Park’s redevelopment.
Chief executive Justin Vaughan says the demolition of the south stand in August will make it tough to stay within the 50 decibel limit.
“We have to be certain about how we stage it. Twenty20 is generally where we turn the noise up and create a party atmosphere.
“We don’t want to put on a secondrate product that would be a disservice to the fans.”
Mr Vaughan says the conditions, which only allow for one day-night match at the ground each year, complicate the issue further.
Auckland Cricket chief executive Andrew Eade says they are working with NZ Cricket to find a solution to the twenty20 noise dilemma.
It could mean using speakers to channel music away from affected homes.
“We can’t have a PA system pumping throughout the park,” he says.
“We’re trying hard to find a way it can be done. I wouldn’t rule it out but it’s far from certain.”
But fans are likely to see some cricket next season, with one-day internationals against India and the West Indies a strong possibility.
Mr Vaughan says one-dayers are “more manageable” than twenty20 in terms of noise.
“Having international games in our biggest city makes a lot of sense for us,” he says.
NZ Cricket’s international programme should be released within a month.