Cup fever

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Fever Pitch is set to take over Queen’s Wharf. The site will be over­run with a foot­ball fan hub on May 30 to cel­e­brate the Fifa Un­der-20 World Cup kick­ing off in New Zealand. A pur­pose-built Fifa Cube will be the star at­trac­tion on the wa­ter­front, much like the in­flat­able rugby ball used dur­ing the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Ateed ex­ter­nal re­la­tions gen­eral manager Steve Ar­mitage says. It will fea­ture dig­i­tal dis­plays, high-tech skills sta­tions, an in­for­ma­tion ‘‘locker room’’, skills demon­stra­tions and face-paint­ing in team colours. Fever Pitch also fea­tures an out­door foot­ball field for schools, club com­pe­ti­tions and im­promptu matches. The at­trac­tion is open through­out the tour­na­ment from May 30 to June 20 and en­try is free. New Zealand open their Un­der-20 World Cup cam­paign against the Ukraine at North Har­bour Sta­dium.

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